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A champ at inspiration

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13.09.2019

The guy on the left in the photo is Mick Extance and next to him Steph Jeavons.

Both are good friends who joined me on a training trip to Morocco several years ago when I was chasing the opportunity to be Canada’s first driver to complete the Dakar Rally.

Today, Steph arrived in Kathmandu with a group of women who are going to be the first women to ride motor bikes to Mount Everest base camp. Steph, you might recall, recently set a world’s first record by riding her Honda CRF 250 around the world on all seven continents.

Mick, by contrast, is fighting the biggest fight of his life.

After entering the Dakar seven times and finishing in the top 25, he was ranked as Britain’s top Dakar rider until Sam Sunderland won the motorbike category in 2017.

Mick was going to be my co-driver with the Bowler Motorsports team in the U.K., hence the training in the Sahara. This photo was taken the day we entered the dunes and I subsequently broke a collar bone and two ribs. Mick’s challenge was, however, yet to come.

Mick’s goal is and always had been to........

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