Forcefield News


01/11/2011 09:19:00

Two Brit Dakar riders Craig Bounds and Tamsin Jones are off to Tibet in November in an attempt to break the Record of going to the highest altitude on a motorcycle up Mount Everest and have chosen Forcefield Body Armour to protect themselves. Can they beat the record for the highest place Forcefield has been used on a motorcycle currently held by Steve Dent of Global Enduro?

Black Desert

Tamsin Jones will be seeking to break fellow Dakar competitor Annie Seels record of 5305m set in 2003.  Craig Bounds will be setting his sights on 6005m reached by Japanese rider Shinji Kazama.

The duration of the expedition is two weeks and will start on Nov 10th from Kathmandu, Nepal, then head to Tibet where the climb to Everest base camp (5200m) will begin. The objective is to reach the Advanced Base Camp at 6400m.

The physical exhaustion will be tough, and high altitude illness could strike the duo as well as the severe cold with the temperature dropping below -10. Water from the melting glaciers will make river crossings challenging and from the base camp upwards there are no defined paths just rocks and boulders. And of course unpredictable weather can cause problems along the way. It will also be a technical challenge to keep the engines running at this altitude.

Tamsin Jones said:
‘Training for the Dakar meant a lot of time in the desert in blistering heat and deep sand.  It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to go and do something completely different and is a real challenge’.

Craig Bounds said:
‘You only live once, so you’ve just got to go for it.  My father of 74 is running the marathon next year and recently did a skydive - he is a real inspiration’.

Many thanks to our sponsors Kriega, Forcefield, Rev’it and Whitby and Co
Craig and Tamsin are no strangers to pushing the boundaries, both having finished the arduous Dakar rally and Red Bull Romaniacs extreme enduro.  Follow their progress at

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