Urge Cabo Verde video
February 24 2011
Orange Bikes and Mojo Suspension's Rowan Sorrell has just returned from the adventure of a lifetime, a small invitational event on the Islands of Cape Verde, an archipelago off the west coast of Africa. Fabien Barel's humanitarian campaign has already seen events in Kenya and Nepal, raising awareness for poverty and hardship through the medium of mountain biking. This time with a strong bias on education, some of the world's best riders headed to two small Islands to battle it out against the clock, while working together to raise funds to benefit a worthy cause.
Rowan spent much of Christmas training for this extreme undertaking, check out his Welshside Rocky regime here.
Things got a bit more serious for Rowan as the date fast approached. Fitting in training around trail building for his company Back-on-Track meant inevitable night-riding, and the occasional day off to make the most of the Welsh gradients. Part two of his training exploits.
Training over, Rowan heads to Mojo headquarters to get his polished Orange Alpine 160 tuned up and ready for the volcanoes. Chris and Rowan work on slackening it off ready for ploughing through the ash. Part Three.
All wasn't plain sailing for Rowan and despite illness leading up to the event, he jumped on the plane and got his riding head on:
See Rowan's reports from throughout the event on the Mojo Suspension website, with full results here. The racing wasn't the important part though, and the official video gives a great look into the motives for the event, and some great riding shots too. Look out for Rowan on his polished Alpine 160...
For more details on the Urge Cabo Verde and to read more about how they'll use the money they raised. Visit the website. Rowan's rider section from the event is coming soon.