They say that road trips (solo) can bring out the best in you. It’s only you who have to deal with each and every situation that you would encounter during the trip. It’s exciting, adventurous, thrilling and of course, dangerous. But that doesn’t stop enthusiasts going on long trips. One such mate is on a world tour on a Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled.
22-year-old Henry Crew is on this epic journey around the world for his own reasons. He has planned to cover 56327 km (approx) on this trip and would pass through 35 countries and 6 continents. He has already begun his ride on April 3, 2018 (Tuesday) from the Bike Shed Motorcycle Club in Shoreditch. He has also visited the Ducati Factory in Bologna (Italy) during his first part of the trip.
So, who’s is this chap, and why is he doing this? Henry has been struggling with his mental health. He had lost three of his friends to suicide. This lead him to plan this road trip, all in the name of men’s health. He will be raising funds and awareness for the Movember Foundation, which raises funds globally for research and support programs in the areas of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, men’s mental health and suicide prevention. He also aims to break the existing Guinness World Record to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle.
Speaking about his decision, Henry said, “I have been planning this journey for eight months and can’t think of a better charity partner for this trip than Movember. Not only have they created a great community which has existing connections with motorcycles, but they also fight for causes which are close to my heart – specifically mental health. I have had my own struggles with mental health, particularly during my time at university and have also experienced a scary amount of mental health issues within my friendship group.”
Many other known personalities and motorcycle enthusiasts came forward to support Henry for his action. Charley Boorman, motorcycle adventurer, presenter, author, and Movember ambassador said, “It’s amazing to see a young guy like Henry take on such a massive expedition on his own. Knowing first-hand how challenging these adventures are with a mate alongside you, I have nothing but respect and admiration for Henry.”
When Ducati UK came to know about Henry’s plans and his inspirational story, it instantly loaned the Scrambler Desert Sled to the young man to get the job done. Tim Maccabee, Managing Director, Ducati UK said, “Henry collected his Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled recently for this epic journey and we wish him the best of luck. He has picked the perfect bike for his adventure and we hope that the Desert Sled becomes a valuable partner in his round the world trip. We are honoured to be part of the project, helping Henry to raise money for a great cause.”
Owen Sharp, CEO of The Movember Foundation, said, “We are incredibly honoured and excited that Henry is taking on this momentous adventure for Movember. In the UK, on average, 12 men a day lose their lives to suicide. That is unacceptable. Henry’s challenge will raise much-needed funds to help us stop men dying too young.”
During his entire journey Henry will ride through the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Malaysia, Australia (Perth – Brisbane), Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, USA, Morocco, Spain, France, UK. In order to set up a new world record, Henry must return to the UK by Friday, 10 May 2019.