Wow! What a journey its been so far. After selling my home and training for 3 years to get to the Dakar Rally in 2015, I crashed out in the dunes of the Atacama Desert. In 2016 I returned, but luck would elude me again with another DNF - this time from a mechanical problem and fatigue. 2018 saw me in Africa, but again mechanical issues thwarted my attempt. Its going to take a little financial help to see me go once again in 2019. I hope to raise the money needed by continuing with our guided trail rides in the South West, auctioning off items, and finding more sponsors. Thank you for everyones support so far. Corky

Monday, 15 January 2018

Me and the chain roller that inflicted the initial damage that eventually ended my Africa Race in just 2 days. Not what I had planned but as everyone keeps telling me - that' racing.

Good news is that I now have the backing of a top rally parts manufacturer whom have been following me from the start, and have total confidence in my abilities to get the LC8 to the finish line. They will be kindly rebuilding and improving the LC8 rally build with a new custom built rear end, oil tank, and the next version of their nav tower. 

I've has some great words of encouragement and support from others people in the industry, followers, friends, fellow riders, and the media so it's straight back into the training and lets hope some sponsorship comes my way and I can fulfil the dream of reaching Dakar on a twin cylinder.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Africa Eco Race 2018 Malle Moto Twin Cylinder

As I write this blog entry I'm also going through the registration process for the next edition of the Africa Eco Race.

It's been an ambition of mine to compete in this event and follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest riders in rally history. It's not for everyone but I'm addicted to the challenges of riding the bigger twin cylinder bikes. Riding them has given me my greatest and most enjoyable racing achievements. Entering both the Malle Moto and Twin Cylinder classes in the Africa Eco will be my ultimate rally adventure.

Earlier his year I took part in both the Tuareg and the Morroco Desert Challenge rallies on my modified KTM 950 Adventure with solid performances/results. Recently I just came back from an 8,000 km trip which included the Illyria Raid on the new Africa Twin.

The plan is to pull the 950 Rally out of retirement unless of course I'm offered a new KTM 1090 or Honda Africa Twin. To fund my entry I will be selling my much prized KTM Super Enduro that gave me my 1st taste of Twin Cylinder racing in the Hellas (2015) and the Tuareg Rally (2016). 

Hel Performance, and JD Racing are supporting. Rally Raid Products have kindly offered to service my rear shock, Devon Moto have sorted me out with helmets from Bell, a mattress, & sleeping bag, Okehampton Cycles help with my bicycle needs for my training, & I have base layers, underwear, fleece jackets, and waterproofs from Jofama for the event.

Friday, 12 May 2017

2017 Race Report

Took 2 1st in class wins in the Tuareg & Morocco Desert Challenge rallies in March/April this year. I raced my purpose built KTM LC8 Rally wich had been heavily modified with an oil cooler, bigger radiator, custom nav tower, rear oil tank, rally fairing, and bigger/better suspension.

The Tuareg Rallye: The event is infamous for its relentless difficult terrain, and includes some 500km's of the toughest dune riding of any event. During the Kings Stage a miscalculation saw the LC8 run out of fuel just 6k from the end of the special. Final overall position - 6th.

Morocco Desert Challenge: The rally started in Agadir and finished in Saidia, and boasts to be the 3rd biggest rally after the Silk Way and Dakar. The event was made harder by riding in the 'Malle Moto' class which meant no assistance and living out of 2 metal boxes. A split fuel line on day 1, and having to nurse the bike home due to the mousse failing on day 6 dropped me to a 17th place overall.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

2017 Race Jersey Design

Thanks to Stak Clothing for again designing/suppliying my race jerseys. So easy to work with them and I'm always very happy with the final product. Thanks to all my sponsors for the 2017 race season. 1st race in March - can't wait to get started.

Baja Rally 2016

Another eventful rally :) First time in Mexico and first time on the Rally-Raid Products LC4-50. Was pretty comfortable with the whole gig untill I binned it on day 2 causing damage to both bike and rider. Then on the final day me and many others had to deal with food poisoning which literally stopped us in our tracks.

Beautiful riding though and surprisingly technical in both terrain and navigation. Another event ticked off the bucket list. Big thanks to Rally-Raid Products for the opertunity - it was a lot of fun.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Dakar Rally 2019

Dakar Rally 2019

This is hardly a surprise to those who know me but I'm going to try and get to the start line of Dakar 2019. I'd drawn a line under it for financial reasons but I've had so many messages of support from those who want to be a part of it that it may just be possible for a 3rd attempt.

At the 2016 Dakar Rally
The basic €15,000 entry fee and then a bike needed to enter in malle motos class isn't going to be easy to find, but everyone around me thinks it's more than possible. There will be more details on how people can help when I have some sort of a plan of action put together. In the meantime the easiest way to support is to visit us in Devon and spend 2 days riding with me ( 

The Story So Far

I'm sure your all aware we sold the family home and downsized to finance the 1st attempt which ended with a crash on just day 4. The 2nd attempt was partially funded by selling the rally bike, having some sponsors, and most memorably a collection given to me during the Paddy Dakar when visiting Ireland last September. The bike I used was 2nd hand and mine for just the duration of the rally. Things started as planned but quickly disintegrated into a nightmare when on day 4 my mousse exploded and put me at the back of the grid. It was hellish but somehow I muddled on and really thought I would make it to the end. At the end of day 12 battling with a then uknown mechanical issue and total fatigue it was over.

What's Happened Since

I've been concentrating on the running of our sports/recreation B&B which is keeping afloat and more importantly it has given our children a great place to live. My sponsors have continued to support me in my racing and I took part in the Libya and Tuareg Rally with Desert Rose Racing this year.

At the Tuareg Rally on the 950 SE
The Future

I have the Baja Rally in America later this year riding the Rally Raid Products LC4-50, and 2017 will see me compete on a modified KTM 950 in the Tuareg, Libya, Hellas & Africa Eco Rallies. 2018 will be spent focusing on the physical training. Lastly there's talk of making a film or documentary about the journey to the start line. Again money might prevent this from coming to fruition but discussions are being made.

Being Interviewed
Thanks as always to everyone who follows and/or supports me, Corky