4 Experienced Instructors
3 Stage Course
2 Fantastic Locations
7 Years of teaching
``Escape the 5% of tarmac roads and onto the 95% of tracks that cover the world``

Meet Our Instructors


Patsy Quick is probably the best known female off-road motorcycle rider in the UK today. During 20 years of riding she has completed major overland expeditions, been British Women’s Enduro Champion, European Women’s Champion and competed in many international rallies, including 4 Dakars. She has also runs a successful international rallye support business, providing others from many countries with a means to realise their ambitions. For the past 8 or 9 years she has been involved in training riders at all levels, from novices taking their first steps, to experienced riders needing to enhance specific skills. Having been immersed in the world of off-road riding she has developed a huge range of experience which can benefit others. She is passionate about helping people learn and improve, her reward is seeing their enjoyment as they do so. Patsy established the Academy with the goal of providing the best quality training, in a friendly and non-pressurised environment, to take people as far as they want to go, be that competent green-laning or the Dakar Rally.

Clive ‘Zippy’

Clive ‘Zippy’ Town has been riding off road motorcycles for, some would say, not that long, but in the last 13 years he has packed in a vast amount and experienced a great deal. His first rally was the Optic 2000 which he entered, not having even completed a straight forward enduro styled event. His sense of navigation and natural confidence of riding off road, lead him to the finish, where he narrowly missed out on the first Brit award. Over the next few years, he was heavily involved in the enduro scene and competed in two prestigious I.S.D.E events, where he received a bronze finishers medal. Clive was Patsy’s riding partner on the Dakar for three years and like Patsy in 2006, reached his goal by getting to the finishing line. Since then he has also competed in the extreme enduro The Red Bull Romanics in 2008 and 2010.

Zippy’s relative late start in off road motorcycling is by no means a disadvantage, in fact this has given him the unique advantage of being sympathetic to the needs of new pupils to the off road riding scene. His relaxed and humorous style quickly gives newcomers confidence and new found skills. Zippy has excellent motorcycling skills, but more importantly he has the ability to pass on these skills to others, which is a problem that many ex-champion riders find when they move into teaching.


We first met Joe when he joined us on the Tour of Portugal in 2016, with his background in the automotive industry and easy-going personality he fitted right in with the team. Still in his early twenties he has ‘an old head on young shoulders ‘approach. You can depend on him to evaluate any given situation and come up with a workable solution, a great asset in the rallye world, where thinking outside of the box is often essential. Although Joe is more involved in the that side of Desert Rose, he is a confident off road rider and his very pleasant nature, he is very good with clients when involved with schools.


Harry joined Desert Rose Racing at the tender age of 18 in 2015, straight from College where he had been studying a mechanics course. As part of the curriculum he and his fellow students had a day with Desert Rose Racing, and during the day, he stood out, not only as a talented rider but as a young man with all the qualities we were looking for to start working alongside Zippy in our workshop. Since then he has blossomed into a capable mechanic, taking responsibility for the fleet of Academy bikes and more recently showed a flair for teaching and so Harry is under ‘Zippy’s’ wing to learn how important the correct coaching is