Nick Sanders MBE is best known for his extreme motorcycle and bicycle journeys. Nick was a recipient of an MBE from this years Queen's Birthday Honours for services to endurance motorcycling and endurance cycling.
As a motorcyclist, Nick has ridden around the world 7 times on a motorbike (once in a Guinness record of 30 days then again in 19 days). This was followed by 8 rides up and down the Americas (Ushuaia to Deadhorse), once in a record 21 days 8 hours then a double transit in 46 days. His mileage so far has totalled over one million kilometres.
As a cyclist, Nick has also ridden around the world twice by bicycle including his Guinness record-breaking circumnavigation in 79 days. Between 1983 & Nick cycled solo across the Sahara Desert, the length of Indonesia, from Ushuaia to Quito and the full length of the River Nile and back from Cairo to Burundi. In 1986 he cycled the 4602 miles around the coast of Britain twice, the second time in 22 days, still, after 32 years it remains an unbroken Guinness record. As well as holding licenses to fly microlights and hot air balloons, he has also sailed a pair of traditional narrowboats on the longest such journey from the Black Country in the UK to the Black Sea.
Nick's World Ride
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In August 2019, Nick rode one of the first Ténéré 700's from Paris to Dakar, approximately following the Dakar route on road to Senegal. The film of this journey can be watched here from 1pm Wednesday 24th Jan 2020.The trailer is now available here.
Both photos Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia pic: Walter Sandoval
Now happening for the 7th time postponed to June 18th-20th 2021, Nick's own very small motorbike and music festival. Located at his farm and Expedition Centre nestled in the shadow of the magnificent mountain Cader Idris in the beautiful hills of mid-Wales, where around the corner is also the home to the ancient Welsh capital Machynlleth.
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18th - 20th JUNE 2021
220 riders max
28 places left
This is my 10th circumnavigation, 8 by motor bike, twice by bicycle. It's not catalogued as each day happens but as Moments come about, it's amongst the best material I have ever attempted. It's about the ordinary fabric of adventure. I hope you like them.
1st World Gathering
2nd - 5th September 2021
After a successful ride from Paris to Dakar on Yamaha's new flagship adventure bike, the Ténéré 700, Nick rode from London to Sydney before postponing the return leg due to Covid-19. To celebrate the journey and the beginning of the history of what is going to be a great bike, 100 tickets only will be made available and exclusively for riders who have committed to owning the Ténéré 700. On-road and off-road rides along with a 'back to basics' gathering for people who want to have a great time and for riders who want to adventure. Home cooked food, real ale and amazing music at Nick Sanders' Expedition Centre, the Home of Adventure.
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the nick sanders
Somewhere a little closer to home (Nick's actual home in fact), hidden among the Welsh hills is his Expedition Centre. Run with his wife Dr. Caroline, we have approximately 10 weekends now available for biker and cycling groups. In the hills the narrow roads are nearly traffic-free and the Welsh landscape is extraordinarily beautiful.
Food is excellent, cabins super clean and tidy, there is a small cinema on site for evening viewings and a very cool social area in the 'log-shed' where we can swop out stories!
If you wish to bring a group from your motorcycle or cycling club please contact Caroline on 07747 777455
LATEST book: russia. mongolia. motorcycle. me.
At last, 4 years after publishing his best selling double volume autobiography, "Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man," comes his latest book, " Russia Mongolia Motorcycle Me." His shortest travelogue but without doubt his best. Nick Sanders' latest publication has been reviewed by Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins as ".... a minor masterpiece ..." and continues, " ... one of the best short travelogues I know ..."
It was a solo journey and I wanted to try and explain the mind of a biker far away from home. As it says in the preface, "I’ve always loved words because somehow, they have a power to lead the mind out of smallness. There is a dynamic in words. They grow things, thoughts, ideas. In a sense they grow everything." Ever since during an earlier journey to the source of the River Nile I have educated myself with them, published books not everyone wanted to read then did it again, more journeys, more books. If a picture captures a thousand words, for me, a word scrapes underneath the photograph, taking ownership of what the image is trying to say.