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Cheshire Adventure Riders going to the Hispania Rally!

The title gives it away but I’ll say it again anyway – The Cheshire Adventure Riders are going to the Hispania Rally! It’s a little ways off yet, the Rally its self isn’t until 2022 but until then, there’s a lot of prep to do. And with plans such as this, there are costs and the need for support.

Who are they?

Cheshire Adventures Riders began in 2019 as a partnership of like-minded individual and lifelong friends, Kai Samlofski and Mark Isherwood. Both time served plant engineers and biking enthusiasts of 20 plus years.

Kai is a 48 year old, ex-motocross rider and F1 and F2 sidecar passenger with experience of clubman racing. Having progressed through the club levels he has the urge to spread his wings into rally.

Mark is 45 years old and an ex-solo road racer and enduro quad rider and has taken part in several clubman events including the great 8 – an 8 hour enduro event.

In putting together the Cheshire Adventure Riders, Kai and Mark have organised and taken part in charity-based events, most recently on behalf of the 16th Warrington West (1st Burtonwood) and Alder Hey Children’s charities. The devised and completed the 24 hours compass challenge, riding their adventure bikes through the four compass points beginning with a ride to their starting point at John O’Groats, down to Lowestoft, across to St David’s and finally on to Lands End in an epic journey over a 24 hour period.  Between them they raised over £4000 to be split equally between the two charities.

What is the next move?

The Hispania Rally 2022!

What and where is it?

Based in Guadix in southern Spain (near Malaga) the rally consists of 1600km of off road ‘special stages’ over 6 days. The rally runs from a central Bivouac (rally base) and is the centre point at which all overnight servicing, facilities and camping is located.  You leave each day on a small road liaison to the start of the stage where you must be on time to start at your allotted time.  You then race each day, individually against the clock to the finish, then head back to the bivouac where daily servicing and repairs take place.

Navigation is done via the road book (pictured). This is a scroll of paper mounted into a holder on the bike which progresses through the book via a thumb switch mounted on the handlebars. This is all in sync with your trip meter, counting the meters to your next instruction.  You also carry a GPRS system, which is supplied by the organisation and is used to determine your stage time. It also has a safety system so if you or another rider where to be in an accident you could be safely located and recovered.

The Bikes!

Both riders will be in the M6 Class, Twin Cylinder 650-1300cc engines.

Kai will be competing on his own Yamaha Super Tenere XT1200Z. A 1200cc parallel twin machine, this is classed as an adventure bike so will eat up the miles on and off road.

Mark will be on board his KTM790 Adventure R, smaller in engine capacity and weight but just as much as a weapon!

Dates!

Hispania 2022 is to run from the end of February 2022, arriving for technical checks on machines and signing on, license fees, supplying of GPRS safety system and bivouac set up time.  Racing starts on 1st March, for 6 days and 1600kms!

Costs!

Entry Fee – €1220 per rider (food included)
GPRS Hire €200 per rider
Licence €200 per rider
Tyres €250 per bike
Road book equipment €900 per bike
Bike fuel approx. €50 per day
Van Fuel approx. €600
Ferry costs € price nearer to time of booking

As you can see from that long list of costs – a lot more goes into it than you might think and it’s certainly not cheap. If you want to help out and support Kai and Mark on their Adventures on the Hispania Rally, get in touch and we can pass on details! Here at MPS, we’ll make sure they get some good deals on parts as and when needed to keep them rolling!

You can check them out on Facebook to keep up to date with them and you can check out their adventures on YouTube as well!