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Feb 25

What's it all about ?

Races to places is a blog about me, Lyndon Poskitt embarking on the ultimate and unique adventure.  As a motorcycle enthusiast spending years racing motorcycles in various disciplines, the pinnacle of which was completing the Dakar Rally in 2013, I've decided to switch my focus slightly from races to places.  I will take a career break, sell most of my possessions and ride my motorcycle around the world longitudinally and laterally unsupported.  Sticking to the unbeaten track, I aim to travel over 100,000 miles, over 50 countries and cross 6 continents. To make it even more of a challenge, as the opportunity arises I hope to compete in various races in different places on the same bike that I am travelling on.  An adventure like no other, Races to Places is guaranteed to be a challenging and life changing experience for me and a fun experience for all of us.

I am delighted again to be part of the Adventure-Spec Team for this challenge, where there is a purpose as well as an adventure.  This time I will be working in partnership with them, focusing my efforts on developing and testing the ultimate gear with a view to provide even more certified Adventure-Spec product to the market for you people to enjoy.  I hope you enjoy following my progress.

Who is Lyndon Poskitt?

Date of Birth: 15 December 1978

Height: 6’4”
Weight: 185lbs
Professional Occupation: Mechanical Engineer

General Info:

Born and raised in Yorkshire in the United Kingdom, I was raised by my parents Janet and Robin along with my older sister Anna-Marie. My father was a fire fighter and my mother was a hairdresser & housewife. My love for anything mechanical stemmed from my fathers hobby of restoring vintage cars and at the age of 10 I was fortunate enough to have my first motorcycle. Competing on motorcycles has been a huge part of my life ever since.

Graduating from university in 2003 I obtained a job as a Mechanical Engineer at BAE Systems working with Military Aircraft and have worked for them ever since. This is pretty much what has supported my racing and motorcycle passion, ‘work hard play hard’ is how it has been. Trials, Enduro, Motocross, Supermoto and Road Racing, I’ve just about tried it all but the one thing that appeals to me most is adventure travel.

Covering long distances over all types of terrain on a multi- purpose motorcycle is really what makes me tick.  Competing in the Baja 1000 in 2007 provided a challenge that I have never managed to beat, hours and hours of grueling off-road racing through day and night was an amazing experience that I will never forget.  Riding across the Sahara desert from Nouakchott Mauritania to Timbuktu in Mali in 2009 on a KTM950 just reaffirmed my love for the desert and the need for a much bigger challenge.  This is what lead me to my campaign for The Dakar Rally in 2013 and after successfully completing the toughest and most arduous race on the planet it was time to look forwards to the next project.

It was difficult to identify what could ever beat such a huge challenge that was set by the Dakar Rally and still deliver enormous sense of achievement.  What project could I put together that would satisfy my personal ambitions and also capture the minds of those individuals who wish to follow?  What would make a great story, tie together everything that I am about but yet be something like nobody has done before?  Many months passed and a convoluted thought process progressed with a lot of dead ends and ‘not adventurous enough’ conclusions but eventually, the penny dropped and the answer was there.  I would change up my regime a little and go from races to places.  In May 2014 I will set-off on and adventure like no other, combining my love of adventure motorcycling and travel I will quite literally travel 'from races to places'.   An adventure like this cannot be rushed, it will not be short and for me it will become a new way of life for quite some time.