Just how does overlanding affect us?

Tibetan Plateau smWhat actually happens to our minds and bodies when we ride overland? Is it stressful, or the ultimate relaxation therapy? Maybe now we’ll have a definitive answer, as academic and overland adventurer Professor Samuele Marcora announces the results of his recent empirical research.

At a public event on Thursday 12th June at the University of Kent’s Chatham Maritime campus, Professor Marcora will present ‘Adventure motorcycling: the impact on mind and body’, the results of research into the physiological and psychological demands of adventure motorcycling.

He is a keen adventure rider and Research Director at the University’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences based at the campus, and much of his research was conducted last year during his scientific motorcycle expedition from London to Beijing.10011992_10152401368862840_354972488239163687_o
The marathon bike ride, running from April-July 2013, saw Professor Marcora use himself and fellow bikers on the Globebusters’-organised adventure ride to measure how the gruelling conditions affected physical and mental performance. The research findings will include details of the effects of using caffeine to reduce fatigue in motorbike riders.
‘Adventure motorcycling: the impact on mind and body’, will take place from 7-9:30 pm at the Pilkington Lecture Theatre, Chatham Maritime, on 12 June. As well as presentation of the research findings, there’ll be Q&A session, and the evening will feature a screening of the Globebusters’ film ‘The Ride – London to Beijing’.
Places at the event are free and open to all but limited in number. To register and reserve a place as a guest, see: