At last weekend’s MACH 4 motorcycle festival in Mid Wales, a special announcement was made to confirm that our long-time friend Nick Sanders had been awarded an MBE for services to endurance cycling and motorcycling.
A multiple world record breaker, Nick was one of the first people to undertake endurance motorcycle and cycle rides against the clock, experiences which he then documented both in film and in writing to inspire many others.
In 1981 he set a world record for cycling around the world in 138 days, which he then went on to beat, doing it again in just 79 days – a benchmark which stood until 2008! He also holds the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the coast of mainland Britain by bicycle,which he completed in 22 days.
Fast forward to 2005 and Nick set another world record, motorcycling around the globe in an incredible 19 days and 4 hours on a Yamaha R1. Sanders is also the current world record holder for a double transit from Alaska to Ushuaia and back which took 46 days.
To date, he has ridden the length of the Americas eight times, and been around the world nine times, seven of which were by motorcycles, covering close to 1,000,000 kilometres.
Many of those miles have been covered on Continental motorcycle tyres, after we teamed up with Nick many years ago, and we couldn’t be prouder of our long-standing partnership with him.
In a recent interview with MCN after the news broke, Nick said:
“I never thought that this kind of thing happened to people like me. I always thought that others deserve it more, like my own heroes. People like Joey Dunlop, Foggy and McGuinness. I’m really emotional about it.
At the very beginning, when I was very young, I wanted to be the best in the world at something. I just didn’t know what and spent the next 40 years trying to get there. It’s up to other people to decide if I’ve made it or not, it’s not something that I’ll ever really know.
This recognition says a big thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout the years, all the fans I’ve got and of course my sponsors. One special thank you I’d like to make is to Jeff Turner at Yamaha for the unbelievable emotional support he has always shown me.
Support from Continental, Touratech and Squire also make it possible for me to do what I do, and that in turn makes it possible for me to inspire other people to do it, too.
Everyone knows that only the people at the top of bike sport get the money and the fame, but that’s not why they do it – they do it because they love it. That passion is the same with people who adventure. I’ve spent 20 years trying to lead the way with new ideas. Someone once said to me, whatever you do, don’t bore your audience – well, I’ll keep trying not to!”