Watch: Phenomenal riding trip through Vietnam Without Limits

Without Limits a documentary airing on the BBC that follows the inspirational journey of six individuals who each have an impediment of some sort. Tackling some of the harshest driving and riding conditions as they travel nearly 1000 miles through Vietnam.

With three motorcyclists in the group, it isn’t going to be an easy journey. Charlie Lewis is missing a leg following a snowboard accident nearly ten years ago. Andy Slade lost an arm nine years ago following an industrial accident and now has become the world’s fastest one-armed motorcycle racer after riding a bike to over 200mph in 2015. Louise Harvey’s disability is of the un-noticed kind – with progressive hearing loss she is nearly deaf and can’t hear much at all without the use of hearing aids. 

Riding on 70’s motorcycles, Charlie and Andy’s bikes have been adapted to allow them to ride despite their disabilities, with Lou facing her own challenges. Without being able to hear the things happening in her surroundings makes it incredibly difficult to keep track of what’s going on – especially among the chaos of riding with over five million other motorcyclists in Hanoi.


United by the extra difficulties they face, they must all help each other if they’re going to make it from their starting point in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi to their destination in Hoi An. Charlie said, “There’s no way I’d embark on a journey like this on my own, it really is a leap of faith.”

The route sees the team tackling high mountain passes and difficult sections that will take them off-road along the way.

Taking the 4x4 are; Vicky Balch, who lost her leg in 2015 following a rollercoaster accident at Alton Towers, Olympic wheelchair rugby captain Steve Brown, who is paralysed from the chest down and finally Mary Russell, who was born with achondroplasia which is the most common type of dwarfism.

The six were complete strangers to each other prior to taking on the challenge of Vietnam and bonded very quickly to become a close-knit team.

The second and final show will be aired tonight on BBC One at 8:00pm. Alternatively, it can be viewed on-demand via the BBC iPlayer.

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James Archibald

By James Archibald

Former MCN Junior Web Producer