Anthony Jackson is on a mammoth journey for charity across all sorts of terrain to the capital of Mongolia, on a Chinese built Sinnis Apache 125! So far he’s ridden all the way from Goodwood in England 7,000 miles through 11 countries on his way to Mongolia.
Currently Anthony and the Apache have made it to Barnaul - his last city in Russia before reaching the Mongolian border, saying “I travelled across France, Belgium , Germany then into Czech Republic, through Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, then Poland... Ukraine and now Russia.“. Riding as much as 14 hours in a day and covering as much as 2,500 miles in just 4 days both bike and rider are being tested like never before.
He’s been chased away from campsites and forced to wait at borders for days as he chose not to pay the $1,000 to $2,000 fines for apparent ‘invalid paperwork’ but he’s kept his nerve and made it through with just the delay.
The only issues he has had with the bike, apart from the school boy error of running out of fuel in Germany, has been with a fork leg. Anthony managed to damage it when servicing the bike in a car park, but was fortunate enough to get a replacement part from a local dealer in the Ukraine. Very handy considering he doesn’t have a support vehicle.
Describing the current leg of the Mongol Rally Anthony says “Russia has been tough, hot, dirty, smoggy & literally thousands of trucks trying to push you out of the way! Police everywhere, there’s nowhere to buy food just filling stations... I’m coughing up black dirt!... I’ve covered most of southern Russia in a few days, am very tired but bike’s been great!”
Anthony says the quality of the roads has been degenerating throughout the journey, and they actually disappear when he crossed the last border to Mongolia saying “Unfortunately the border I'm registered with has very bad roads… i.e. none.”, so this is when the challenge steps up a gear!
Anthony has had to rely on his gear supplied by many sponsors including Ocford Products, Akito, Nitro, LS2 helmets, Lazer helmets, Silkolene, Putoline, Forcefield armour, Bike it, Lloyd Lifestyle and many dealers have all played their part and I am so grateful!”