PLAN A BIKING MISSION ON YOUR OWN OR WITH SOME MAD MATES
Mission Implausible: ‘It’s the best thing we’ve ever done’
Rob Billman and mates Roger Parrott and Jason Cooper rode small bikes from Norwich to Inverness and back in 43 hours in July 2015. The 1100-mile trip raised £2500 for the Big C Cancer Charity.
“A friend of mine suffers with cancer,” explains organiser Rob Billman, 43. “In 2015 she took a turn for the worse and I just felt like I needed to do something. Two close friends immediately volunteered to ride, and two others to drive the support vehicle – we had it organised in four days!”
Rob and his friends have ridden together for decades, mostly off-road. “Before this I considered 100 miles an adventure!” he laughs. An owner of 22 small bikes, he did the gruelling 1100mile journey on his 1985 Kawasaki AR80, which he had barely test-ridden since rebuilding it from scratch.
“I love the character of little twostrokes, but also it seemed a bigger achievement to use small bikes,” he says. “It rained for 16 of the 43 hours, we got a puncture within 15 miles, we were exhausted… but it was incredible fun. We kept each other going with jokes and camaraderie, and the feeling of our close group challenging ourselves and our bikes, being followed online by people worldwide… it’s the best thing we’ve ever done.”
Rob’s advice on doing it yourself
“The back-up vehicle carrying our fuel was brilliant. Orwell Trucks of Norwich loaned us a brand new van as their company had suffered bereavement due to cancer. Our little bikes with little petrol tanks wouldn’t have made it if we’d had to keep stopping at fuel stations. Don’t be afraid of distance; just know your own physical fitness. We’re exercising before we attempt a longer ride in 2016!”
This year’s events…
Team Mission Implausible are still planning their next adventure, but the team at Loomies Moto Café are doing a 50cc endurance challenge from Land’s End to John O’groats in March 2016 in aid of MS Society. For more information see www.justgiving.com/loomies50cc