Londoner’s 40,000-mile record-breaking motorbike journey on KTM 1050 ADVENTURE
Omo Alokwe, a business change analyst from Uxbridge, will leave his partner and friends behind at the end of November as he and his KTM 1050 ADVENTURE embark on an epic tour across 12 countries and two continents to raise £20,000 for MSF.
The journey will take him from Land’s End, the most westerly point in Great Britain, to the Nigerian port city of Lagos, stopping off at the charity’s projects along the way and finding out more about their work in tackling Ebola in West Africa last year. With three ferry crossings and temperatures ranging from -2°C to 49°C, Omo will pass through the snow-capped Pyrenees, the Sahara desert and tropical rain-forests en route to his final destination of Lagos, the second fastest-growing city in Africa.
But not satisfied with just the one challenge, Omo will then embark on a world-record breaking attempt to smash the current longest journey by motorcycle in a single country, as he travels around Nigeria, camping and staying in guesthouses.
MSF, which picked up the prestigious Chatham House prize earlier this month for their work combatting Ebola, operate in over 65 countries around the world, offering medical assistance to vulnerable people in need.
Supported by KTM UK, Omo said: “This will be one huge journey but with one major purpose – to raise as much awareness and money for the incredible work of MSF’s doctors, who put their lives on the line every single day to save others”.
“I’m not nervous, but as the launch draws closer, I am starting to appreciate the scale of the journey I’m embarking on! My planning and preparation will see me through, though it won’t be easy – but that’s the whole point!
I’ve always been a KTM fan and chose the 1050 because for the price it offered plenty of power, comfort and off-road ability but with excitement. I’m going to be sat on this bike for a lot of mile, so it had to be right!”
Comedian and fellow KTM rider, Ross Noble, said: “Good luck Omo – what a great adventure for a great cause. We all know you can do it, which is lucky because it would be a bit weird if you ended up needing the doctors you’re raising money for! Have fun and stay safe.”
Introduced in 2015, the 1050 ADVENTURE is an authentic and agile entry into KTM’s travel enduro world, sitting alongside the 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE, 1190 ADVENTURE and 1190 ADVENTURE R. A little smaller, lighter and with lower fuel consumption, the 1050 offers the same state-of-the art technology as the 1190, such as its traction control, separate riding modes and ABS, and its engine delivers nearly the same power and torque up to 95 hp. Currently available for £9,995 with free hard panniers, visit www.ktm.com to find your nearest dealer.
Follow Omo’s progress at twitter.com/LandsEndToLagos and facebook.com/landsendtolagos or support his cause at www.justgiving.com/omoalokwe
As part of the preparations in the run-up to Omo’s departure, he will be holding a charity coffee morning at Ace Café on the morning of the launch event on Sunday 29th November and attending Motorcycle Live on Monday November 30.
MSF are an international humanitarian medical charity, helping people worldwide where the need is greatest by delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from healthcare.