Adventure touring experts GlobeBusters have set off on their largest-ever ride to Ace Cafe Beijing from the café’s spiritual home in London.
The 18-strong riding party is set to arrive in the Chinese capital in July after leaving on Saturday, 20 April for a distance of 13,000 miles. The team were joined for the launch by a large crowd, the Deputy Mayor of Brent, Councillor Ernest Ezeajughi, and Ace Café founder, Mark Wilsmore.
The international group is being led by Dom Davis aboard a Triumph Tiger 1200XCA, who is being supported by team member Pete Leach in the support van and directors Kevin & Julia Sanders in the GlobeBusters pickup truck.
This level of support is necessary in order to carry spares for the bikes, as well as rescue any riders, should their machines become unrideable on tough terrain, or in remote areas.
As well as riders from the UK, the adventuring troop is comprised of members from France, Sweden, America and Australia.
The first leg of the journey will see them travel through Europe and into Central Asia, via Turkey. They will then take the Silk Road through Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
From there, they will travel into Western China and then onto Tibet, where there is the option to ride up to the North Base Camp on Mount Everest. After that, the ride will return to China, before the last leg towards Ace Café Beijing, which was first opened back in 2015.
This is not the first time GlobeBusters have hosted such a trip, with previous expeditions including a 16,000-mile route from London to Tokyo in 2017, again taking in both the London and Beijing Ace Cafés.
Alongside the current route, GlobeBusters have a number of other rides available in the near future, including a 12-day trip around Iceland starting on August 8 2020.
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