How it all started.
Patsy Quick first saw the Sahara desert on a motorbike when she and her husband Clive travelled through Algeria and across the Hoggar mountains. Upon her return she became a motorcycle courier and it was not until her thirties that Patsy finally started riding enduro's competitively. Success came quickly, firstly as British Women's Enduro Champion and then as European Champion in 2002. During this period she had also notched up another first when she became the first British Woman to complete a North African Rally, The Optic Rally in 2000 and this sowed the seeds of her love for the Desert.
2003 saw her return to the desert for the first of four attempts to complete the awesome Dakar Rally. After four years Patsy achieved her goal of becoming 'the first British woman to finish the Dakar.' This then attracted a small army of fellow riders who wanted in various ways to experience all or part of the same dream.
Initially Patsy ran desert tours in Morocco, either for riders who wanted to experience the exhilaration of biking in the dunes or more seriously for others who also wanted to gain experience in order to complete their first rally.
In 2007, Patsy returned to the Dakar, this time to help other riders and this was soon followed by more rallies and requests for help and training.
At this point, it was evident from the number of daily phone calls that a comprehensive package of support, technical knowledge and rider training was needed. A place where anyone interested in adventure riding and at all levels could go to for help. Adventure motorcycling was no longer seen as an eccentric pursuit for a few hard core individuals. Books and TV series such a 'Mondo Enduro' and 'The Long Way Round' have inspired riders to escape the mundane, predictability of tarmac roads to discover new horizons. At the same time there was also a growing number of skilled road riders who, with a little help in navigation, logistics etc. could move on to a whole new world of exciting adventure competition.
The Desert Rose Adventure Academy was launched in 2009 to help anyone who wants to take a motorbike off the 5% of tarmac roads and onto the 95% of tracks that cover the world.
The Academy is there for any bikers who wants to travel overland, explore the unknown, join a tour or take part in a rally. So whether you're a born again biker, retired racer or complete novice The Academy can help you on your continuing journey. Join now it's a free lifetime membership.
``The Academy is there for any biker who wants to travel``
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 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 Rallye.
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.