The GlobeBusters Team
The team has expanded somewhat since the very first Trans Americas Expedition. GlobeBusters' guides are the best in the business. They are experienced travellers and motorcyclists and have spent many miles on the road through the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australasia.
This is our core GlobeBusters team and we are proud to share our credentials with you. Our core team is supported by other handpicked crew whose backgrounds are equally impeccable, drawn from the best of the motorcycle travel world and Rally communities.
Kevin Sanders: Co-Founder - Expedition Leader
Kevin has ridden bikes since he was seventeen and got his on road experience at the deep end by doing dispatch riding in London. Not the most glamorous of jobs, but you'll probably get no better experience for coping with crazy rush hour traffic in Latin American cities!
When not travelling around the world, Kevin's other role is as the Chief Instructor & Director for BMW Rider Training. He has taught biking to thousands of riders over the past 16 years or more, and holds the highest qualifications for advanced motorcycling available to civilians - RoSPA Gold & Diploma in Advanced Motorcycle Tuition.
The Guinness World Records. have brought many fantastic opportunities - Kevin has been consulted about planning other long distance rides, worked with the Long Way Round team and in 2005 also guided a team of BMW sponsored riders along the Trans Siberian Highway, Russia.
Kevin is the leader at the helm of GlobeBusters and with all his countless miles in different countries around the world, no other overland company can boast such an experienced person at the top. He is the "ideas" man behind all the expeditions - it's his crazy plans that we turn into fantastic rides for bikers. Never far away from a bike, Kevin is always happiest when leading a group on the spectacular roads we ride on our expeditions and sharing his unstinting enthusiasm and drive for the areas we travel in.
Julia Sanders: Co Founder - Expedition Operations
By profession Julia is a qualified Chartered Accountant, with a Law degree and insolvency qualification thrown in for good measure. Until 1997, life was very much City based, with long commutes and even longer hours at the office.
On her first overland trip to South America, Julia met Kevin and since then, her lifestyle has dramatically changed. Julia has had her bike licence since 1998, but it was only after the two Guinness World Record. "Super Pillion" efforts that she finally rode her own bike on a 22,000 mile journey from Vancouver, Canada to Ushuaia, Argentina in 2004.
"I had relatively little riding miles under my belt when I did this ride, only about 2,000 miles in total, but I desperately wanted the challenge of riding the journey myself. What it taught me was that in fact these huge overland journeys are not simply the playground for the very experienced rider, with the right attitude, even a relative novice can enjoy the adventure."
There is no more back seat now - Julia currently rides a BMW R1200GS and supports Kevin on many of the GlobeBusters Expeditions as an Expedition Guide. Julia's business admin and accountancy skills, also means that the "back office" side of GlobeBusters and all the planning for the expedition hotels, route and other activities are under her control (although she would much rather be riding!)
Mark Hamilton: Expedition Leader
Mark is a Trans America rider who's passion for Motorcycling and Overlanding developed late in life. In his other life he runs a successful building company in the UK. However now the overlanding bug has bitten he has already ridden the Trans Americas with GlobeBusters, returned to South America in the following year to ride Patagonia independently and then road to Beijing with Kevin and Julia on the Silk Road reconnaissance ride. In 2010 Kevin and Mark led the first group of customers on the Silk Road East Expedition from London to Beijing. In he returned as the Expedition Leader for Silk Road 2011 taking the first GlobeBusters Expedition through Iran en route.
Mark is definitely a man to have in your corner when times are tough. Calm, collected, quietly spoken and twice the size of Kevin, he has the character to deal with all eventualities.
You should be able to work out which of the two people in this photo is Mark, but if you need help Mark doesn't have a beard.
Alan Routledge: Expedition Support Driver
Alan is a highly experienced support driver and independent overlander. He has operated as support crew on a number of rallies since the nineties including the Atlas Rally Morocco, the 1999 Granada Dakar, Rally Tunisia and the Trans Danubia.
Alan’s own travels have taken him across the Sahara to the Gambia and Timbuktu as well as an epic journey from Europe to Cape Town. If this wasn’t enough he then turned round and came back up the East Coast of Africa to Egypt. Alan has excellent Spanish skills (he needs them as he lives there half the year) and extensive mechanical experience.
With GlobeBusters Alan has already supported two South American Expeditions, one in North Africa and has more in the diary. If you have never heard Spanish with a Geordie accent then it’s worth travelling with him just to hear it.
Tiffany Coates: Expedition Guide
Tiffany was first bitten by the bike travel bug thirteen years ago, setting off on a BMW R80GS having sold everything including her hair and with just two months riding experience under her belt. A simple trip to India turned into an epic two and a half years on the road and an eventual return to England with a full head of hair and a burning desire to see more countries on two wheels.
Tiffany is now the world’s foremost solo female bike adventurer with further travels including Australia, Timbuctoo, East Africa, northern Alaska, Labrador, Tierra Del Fuego, the Silk Road, Siberia and Outer Mongolia- often with a pillion rider in the form of various friends who have volunteered to join her in her rough camping, tea-drinking, tyre changing trans-continental exploits.
The highs and lows have included being chased by not only wolves but various police forces, the Nicaraguan Mafia and stampeding elephants. She has fled from volcanoes and hurricanes, whilst also mastering the skills of river crossings, battling with snow, and desert journeys on a quarter tonne bike with no GPS but a good sense of direction. To every expedition she brings the support of an understanding boyfriend, a wealth of global experience, a smattering of many languages and an uncanny ability to track down a cup of tea in every town. Tiffany rode Silk Road 2011 with Mark Hamilton.
Craig Carey-Clinch & Barbara Alam: Expedition Leader & Guide
An active motorcyclist, Craig is well known in UK biking circles. Since 1990 he has been heavily involved in defending and promoting motorcycling in the UK and in Europe, firstly through the Motorcycle Action Group and latterly as Head of Policy, Campaigns and PR at the Motor Cycle Industry Association.
His wife, Barbara Alam, who had been riding since the age of 17, is as equally involved in the world of motorcycling. In 2000, she founded the City Action Riders Group to fight for motorcycle parking in London, and is currently the Secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Motorcycling and the National Motorcycle Council.
Craig and Barbara closely work with motorcycling charity, Motorcycle Outreach, set up in memory of world motorcycle traveller, Simon Milward.
Over the past 18 years, Craig has travelled extensively by motorcycle in Europe, the United States and Africa. More recently, both Craig and Barbara have explored the Atlantic countries of North and West Africa at length.
In 2008, they were Expedition leaders for the first GlobeBusters North & West Africa Expedition and more recently led the innuagural Trans Canada Expedition.
Michael Tabone: Expedition Guide
Mick has been riding bikes since he was 14 and has grown up with bikes all his life! His first experience on a Yamaha 175 trail bike riding in and round the island of Malta where he spend 4 years of his teenage life growing up and schooling. Leaving Malta and joining the British Army took Mick away from bikes for a short while but with his exploits as an ex Army Bomb Disposal Engineer behind him, he settled down to more biking and some serious travel.
Mick spent many months in the late eighties riding around North America on a Yamaha XT600 before he moved onto his first BMW, a F650 Dakar. This was followed by a R1150 GSA and now a BMW R1200GSA. This is the bike he uses every day, as a self employed motorbike intercom fitter.
Mick over-landed round the world, travelling by car, train, ship, and bike on an 18 month adventure taking in North & Central Americas, Europe, Iceland, North Africa, Fiji and every territory/state in Australia. Mick has trained as a First Aid Instructor, Manual Handling Instructor and is a Scuba Diving Instructor. He also keeps bees to keep him busy!
Jairo Ruiz: Expedition Support Driver
When we fly bikes from Panama to Colombia (or vice versa) the support vehicle goes by sea which takes a little longer. As a result in Colombia and Ecuador we transfer the essential equipment to our local Support Driver and Vehicle. Rest assured the level of support remains the same and we retain the same capacity for bikes and riders in the support vehicle.
Jairo is an experienced field mechanic and works extensively supporting Autogermana BMW in Colombia.Jairo has supported GlobeBusters in Colombia and Ecuador on Discover our Earth and Trans Americas expeditions, and has more in the diary for us. His “other” job is as an Insurance Agent and can organise the vital insurance for Colombia that the authorities require prior to allowing your bike to enter. His local knowledge and skills are great. He can also salsa with the best of them so beware!
Jeff Condon: Expedition Support Driver
Jeff is from New Zealand and is an experienced overlander, both on bikes and by 4x4. To date he has travelled by bike in over 60 countries on every continent, except Antarctica, including a challenging eight month Trans Africa journey travelling solo. Jeff has supported many GlobeBusters expeditions including three Trans Americas in 2005, 2007 and 2009, the First Dakar South America in 2009, London to Beijing in 2009 & 2010 and the Discover our Earth Expedition in 2011.
A maintenance technician by trade, normally working in the oil, gas, mining and petrochemical industries, he has worked on numerous large projects from Outback Australia to the world's largest producing offshore oilfield near Kuwait. Jeff's talents are versatile and depending on the expedition, he either acts as our expedition motorcycle guide or the support driver.
If there is any crazy stunt to be tried out, Jeff is at the front of the queue, whether it is abseiling, windsurfing, paragliding, kayaking, bungee jumping. Not only that, he is pretty dan useful on the road, not just because of his unlimitless amounts of energy, but also because of his mechanical knowledge.
When not on tour with GlobeBusters, Jeff can be found somewhere in South America driving his bright yellow Citroen 3CV "Cristina" and flying his paraglider in the many pristine mountain ranges whilst being careful not to annoy the condors!
Rhys, spent a year in the UK with the GlobeBusters team in South Wales, and learnt all there is to the "behind the scenes" work, also gather experience with motorcycle travel and work along side World of BMW UK. Rhys continues to work for GlobeBusters on all the I.T./social media and marketing side of things, either back where he grew up, in New Zealand, or wherever he might be living around the world. Rhys 'however' is not just an employee of GlobeBusters, he is Kevin Sanders' son.
Rhys has had great fortune in travelling at a young age. Ever since he was 10 years old being a pillion on the back of Kevin’s bike going around New Zealand, to travelling down to Garmisch, Germany for the BMW Motorrad show in 2007 and 2009, then advancing to do the High Andes, South American route with his Dad. He has also travelled to places such as Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Croatia and many other European countries, as well as travelling to Thailand, Australia and the United States. Also with the side job and passion of bartending it enables him to live in different countries and see the world off the bike.
Rhys works on the I.T and marketing side. He brings a very modern upgrade to GlobeBusters, with a focus on Facebook, YouTube, & Twitter. However, he is hoping one day to move to a position like his father, an Expedition Leader!