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Around the world solo on a Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

  • First stop: the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale
  • 56 000km to raise funds for the Movember Foundation
  • 35 countries in the target in 13 months – Go Henry!
ROUND THE WORLD ON A DUCATI: Image: Ducati / Newspress
ROUND THE WORLD ON A DUCATI:  Briton Henry Crew, at the  tender age of 22, aims to score a Guinness Records title as the youngest person to circumnavigate Earth on a motorcycle. Image: Ducati / Newspress

LONDON, England – Briton Henry Crew has set off (April 3 2018) to ride a Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled 56 000km across 35 countries and six continents to raise money for the Movember Foundation.

His challenge: to set a Guinness World Record for the youngest person to circumnavigate the world on a motorcycle. He’s only 22… so GO! Henry! He will need to return to the UK by Friday, May 10, 2019.

Having lost three friends to suicide, and had his own mental health struggles, Henry’s goal is to raise £35 000 (£1 for every mile, in British terms and nearly R600 000) for the foundation which supports research into prostate and testicular cancers, male mental health, and suicide prevention.

ROUND THE WORLD ON A DUCATI: Image: Ducati / Newspress
TOGGED UP AND READY TO GO:  Young Henry Crew aboard his Ducati  Desert Sled. Only 56 00km to go… Image: Ducati / Newspress

He expects to be in the saddle for more than a year – 13 months, perhaps – starting from The Bike Shed in London and popping in at the Ducati factory in Bologna, Italy, on the way as he keeps heading East.

EIGHT MONTHS PLANNING

He told Carman’s Corner in a media release: ”I’ve been planning this journey for eight months and can’t think of a better charity partner.

”Not only has the Movember Foundation created a great community with existing connections to motorcycling but it also fights for causes close to my heart – specifically mental health. I’ve had my own struggles with that and experienced a scary amount of mental-health issues within my friendship group.”

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Charley Boorman, motorcycle adventurer, presenter, author, and Movember ambassador added: “It’s amazing to see such a young guy take on such a huge expedition on his own. Knowing first-hand how challenging these adventures are with a mate alongside you, I have nothing but respect and admiration for Henry.”

Owen Sharp, CEO of The Movember Foundation: “We’re honoured and excited that Henry is taking on this momentous adventure. About 12 men a day kill themselves – that’s unacceptable.  Henry’s challenge will raise much-needed money to help us stop to men dying too young.”

Henry will be aboard a (watch video!) Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled on loan from Ducati UK, which says it felt compelled to be involved after hearing of Henry’s inspirational story, the challenge he has set himself, and the cause he was promoting.

Tim Maccabee, MD of Ducati UK: “We wish him the best of luck. He’s picked the perfect bike for his adventure and we hope the Desert Sled will become a valuable partner in his round-the-world trip. We’re honoured to be part of the project.”

ROUND THE WORLD ON A DUCATI: Image: Ducati / Newspress
ROUND THE WORLD ON A DUCATI: Brave youngster Henry Crew. Image: Ducati / Newspress

Henry, with more than three years’ riding experience, intends to go through the UK, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Malaysia, Australia (Perth- Brisbane), Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, USA, Morocco, Spain, France, and home.

The Corner hopes to receive progress reports for publication.

You can support Henry by visiting uk.movember.com and follow his progress through the 35000miles website.

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