The Riders

So who are the mad men taking on this challenge? Find out below:

Chris Harris
chris Chris is an IT Consultant with experience in developing systems using IBM technologies that fall into the collaboration solutions area. He has a son and 2 daughters from his previous marriage and now spends most of his time with his long term partner Caroline and her daughter. His interests include anything to do with technology, space, machines, loves going to the cinema with his partner Caroline, singing and photography. He has been riding since his teens but only finally took his full bike test in 2005. He has ridden his cherished yellow 1999 CBR 600 FX ever since. He has just bought a white 2010 BMW F650 GS for this trip which came with full panniers and top box, hopefully plenty of room for 2 weeks kit.
Paul Mooney
paul Paul is an IT Consultant with expertise in IBM collaboration solutions technologies as well as Salesforce. He regularly speaks at conferences and is highly respected in his field. He lives in Belfast with his wife Lynne and although he has no children he does have his Ducati and Honda motorbikes! His interests include the gym, technology, motorsports and rugby. He has about 5 years riding experience but has done his IAM (advanced riding). For the trip he will be riding his 2013 Honda VFR Crossrunner 800xc with fitted hard panniers.
Gregg Eldred
gregg Gregg is another IT Consultant with expertise in administration of IBM collaboration solutions technologies. He is from Ohio, USA and will be flying over and meeting Chris, Paul and Roy in Denmark. He has 2 sons from his previous marriage both of them in the military. Gregg had worked his way up to become an Eagle Scout so if anyone will know about camping Gregg will! He started riding in 2012, passed his test and bought his bike, a 2011 Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer. Since then he has joined a motorcycle club and regularly rides his bike. Gregg is hiring a bike from Denmark and should be riding an Kawasaki ER6F kitted out with appropriate luggage.
Roy McGeoch
roy Roy is from Settle, Yorkshire and has just retired! He is married to Karen with two ‘children’ Ben 33 and Anna 28. He studied Music (Double Bass) in Huddersfield and Manchester and joined the BBC training orchestra in 1970. Then the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra in 1971 (which is now called ‘BBC Philharmonic’) and he was there until his retirement this month. Roy started riding in 1963 on his sisters Lambretta Scooter and has ridden ever since. He has recently purchased a 2012 BMW R1200GS for the trip.

In addition to the above 4 riders 3 additional riders will be joining for parts of the trip. The first 2, Vladimir and Christian will be joining for the first week or so of the trip and will ride from Denmark and up through Sweden. Arvid Nornes will be joining the main group for the last 4 days or so in Norway. Sean Cull was one of the original main group but sadly had to pull out recently due to an illness in the family. He has continued to support and help with planning.

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