Bid and ride with McGregor and Boorman

Published: 12 June 2007

IF you’ve ever watched the globe-trotting adventures of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman and fancied riding with the duo then now’s your chance – the pair are offering two people the chance to join them on the final leg of their current Long Way Down trip to Cape Town.

The amazing offer has come as part of the exclusive auction for the Rider’s for Health charity which is being held at Donington Park on Thursday June 21.

The two places on this amazing ride will be auctioned to raise money for Riders The famous motorcycling pair are hoping to raise a minimum of £20,000 for the charity from the sale.

The lucky highest bidders will fly to Cape Town, South Africa this summer where they will be provided with a BMW motorcycle and join a very select convoy who will meet up with the Long Way Down team for the final two days of the ride as they head down to Cape Agulhas.

This incredible experience will go on sale as part of the Riders for Health auction, where tens-of-thousands of pounds will be raised to support Riders’ lifesaving programmes in Africa. Thousands of MotoGP fans will be bidding for exclusive race memorabilia, all offered up by the MotoGP riders themselves.

Riders are one of the three charities that are being supported by McGregor and Boorman on Long Way Down. The 15,000 mile adventure started in May 2007 at John O’Groats, Scotland and finishes at the most southern point of South Africa - Cape Agulhas, taking in 20 spectacular countries in total.

The Long Way Down television series is due to air on the BBC in Autumn this year.

During the trip, McGregor and Boorman will be visiting a Riders’ programme in Kenya where they will see how Riders are using motorcycles and a system of preventative maintenance and vehicle management to help health workers deliver healthcare to rural communities.
McGregor said: “Traveling the Long Way Down through Africa, Charley and I have a first hand understanding of the vastness of this continent and the great distances between borders, towns and villages. The work Riders for Health do here is vital, bridging the gaps between communities and bringing health services to the people of Africa.