Nick went for a ride with Ana Carrasco in Spain, ever nearer in her quest to become motorcycle racing’s first female track world champion….
WEST DORSET TO THE WAKHAN CORRIDOR. AND BEYOND…….
NICK: June 2017. I walk into my local bike workshop in Bridport, W.Dorset, where a very well used Vespa is undergoing an MOT. Mod cons include a stylish Samarkand tapestry seat cover. A pleasant young woman in her mid 20s collects. As she rides off, Clive (proprietor) tells me: ‘That’s Emma, she went from Wotton Fitzpaine to Ulan Bator. Via the Wakhan Corridor. On the Vespa. On her own. You two should have a chat.’
I took his advice. Emma had just got back: she’d been away for two years. This is her story.
Let’s get the prejudice out of the way first. Even if you have little time for pricey bespoke motorcycles, beards, modern Brit cuisine and jeans which retail the wrong side of £350 – all of which can be found at the Bike Shed Motorcycle Club’s generously appointed Shoreditch HQ, the commercial heart of urban hipsterdom – the phenomenon it all represents is worth examining.
The most interesting thing about the climax of the 2015 MotoGP season was that on track events exposed some uncomfortable truths, and in that sense has been very refreshing.
…. how to manage an addiction
You all know the score. Especially if you live in a country where every winter the roads are liberally doused in a mixture of urea and salt – an environmental disaster for verges, watercourses and metals.