Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Off-road motorcycling legend Patsy Quick supports Riders for Health

The off-road motorcycle racer, most famous for being the first British woman to complete the gruelling Dakar Rally, is supporting Riders for Health at the British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF) Show 18th – 19th May at the Peterborough Arena (formerly the East of England Showground).

Quicker than most

Patsy Quick became the first British woman to complete the legendary desert endurance race, the Dakar Rally, in 2006. Her incredible achievement came after three unsuccessful attempts, one of which cost Patsy her spleen. Prior to the Dakar, Patsy was both British and European Women’s Enduro Champion.

Now Patsy is supporting other women who are achieving incredible feats with motorcycles. In Africa, Riders for Health trains female health workers to ride confidently and safely in difficult terrain to deliver life-saving health care to remote rural villages. Riders also trains and employs local people as technicians to service the bikes on a regular basis to keep them running, no matter how harsh the conditions.

Riders ride-in

Patsy will lead a ride-in on behalf of Riders for Health to the BMF Show at Peterborough Arena on Saturday 18th May.

There will be the opportunity for members of the public to join the ride en-route. Further details on how to book tickets and the route will be released nearer the time on the BMF and Riders for Health  websites.

Patsy explained:

‘I think that the work Riders for Health does is vital to the continued health of people in developing countries. It’s amazing to think how many lives in Africa have been saved by a motorcycle.’

Experience Africa

At the May BMF Show, Patsy will be helping Riders for Health to promote their off-road fundraising ride to Zambia, 'Experience Africa'.

'Experience Africa' is more than an off-road motorcycle tour. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the inspiring work being done in Zambia by Riders for Health and see how motorcycles are saving lives in Africa. What’s more, the money raised from the ride helps to support their humanitarian work.

Riders for Health are running a raffle at all of the events that they are attending this year to give away a free place on one of the 2014 'Experience Africa' rides. For your chance to win this incredible prize worth £4,800, visit Riders for Health’s stand in the NEW Adventure and Overland area at the May BMF Show or at the BMF Tailend Show (14th – 15th September) and buy a ticket for just £1.

You can also buy tickets at The BMF Kelso Bikefest, British Superbikes races, Day of Champions and the British MotoGP and World Superbike races at Silverstone. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Tailend Show on Sunday 15th September at Peterborough Arena.

Show organisers, The Mulberry Group’s, Managing Director, Martin Chick commented:

“We are really excited about having Patsy at the Show and we hope as many people as possible will be able to join her on the ride-in. The New Adventure and Overland Touring area at the show will give everyone the opportunity to meet Patsy and the Experience Africa team, as well as seeing some great presentations”.

Riders for health

Riders for Health is the official charity of MotoGP™ and the Fédération Internationale de Motorcyclisme (FIM). The organisation provides health workers in Africa with motorcycles so that they can reach remote villages with vital health care.

Patsy now runs her own off-road motorcycle school, Desert Rose Racing, helping other riders to achieve their rally dreams.


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