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GREAT TRAVELLERS MEETING

16/05/2011 - In Spain on 28 May a special meeting will be held, which will feature many of the greatest motorcycle adventurers in history. Taking place in picturesque Navacerrada, in the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains, close to Madrid, this seventh ‘Great Travellers Meeting’ will appeal to any Spanish-speakers with an interest in motorcycle adventure travel.

Organized by well-known motorcycle explorer Gustavo Cuervo, the programme of activities on the Saturday morning will start with presentations by some notable women motorcyclists, including Anna Possberg, Chelo Cañizares and Conchi Cosme. These brave travellers have explored some of the most difficult places in the world on two wheels and will relate their experiences from a female perspective.

After an official conference lunch featuring exquisite cuisine from this Spanish mountain region, the conference programme continues with presentations from male adventure travellers, including Guinness World Record holder Emilio Scotto, GS rider Gustavo Cuervo, who has been all over the world on a variety of BMWs, and Jaime Leonu.

The conference is taking place at the Navacerrada Cultural Centre and will also include a photography exhibition and contest, featuring pictures of motorcycle journeys from all over the world. There will also be a unique exhibition of legendary travelling bikes, which have marked their place in the history of motorcycle travel by Spanish explorers.

These will include a Vespa (signed by Salvador Dali) that circumnavigated the world in 1962; a Montesa Impala 175 that travelled from Cape Town to Barcelona in 1963; a Bultaco Sherpa 125 that reached altitudes of 5,165m in the Himalayas in 1975; a BMW R 90 ridden by Gustavo Cuervo in the early 1980s from the North Cape to Aswan in Egypt; and also one of the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure machines that was involved in one of the most ambitious around-the-world rides ever seen – a unique relay ride involving four BMW R1200 GS Adventure motorcycles, 120 riders and 30 stages across the globe back in 2005/6.

There are very few places in the world that do not have the footprints of these great travellers who will meet in Navacerrada on 28 May to share their experiences and love of motorcycling with all those who attend. In the evening, an outdoor concert in the main square of the town will feature country music, rock and Celtic favourites, and on the Sunday morning there will be a magnificent group ride so that all participants can discover and experience the best roads in the Sierra de Guadarrama region of central Spain.

The meeting has the support of the City of Navacerrada, the Community of Madrid and BMW Motorrad Spain. IMTBike is also one of its sponsors. For more information, please visit: www.gustavocuervo.es/encuentro-grandes-viajeros/

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