Andy Ibbott’s life has always revolved around motorcycles, leading him to become one of the top motorcycling journalists and riding instructors in the UK, passing on his knowledge to Grand Prix champions, and even members of the Royal Family.
Then in 2011, following the discovery of a small lump on his neck, Andy went to hospital for a routine operation which turned into a very complicated one. During that operation, Andy suffered a devastating stroke which left him with just a five percent chance of survival. The preceding six months were spent in intensive care, where he couldn’t walk, talk or even eat and drink.
After painstakingly re-learning everything again from scratch during his recovery over the past decade, Andy has completed a number of difficult challenges for charity, including cycling from London to Paris on a tandem bicycle, taking part in the Marathon de Sables, the world’s toughest on-foot race, as well as the Half Marathon De Sables, and twice finishing the Brighton Half Marathon.
Andy hasn’t lost his passion for two wheels, either. In 2022, he is aiming to raise £10,000 for official MotoGP™ charity, Two Wheels for Life, by climbing Everest Base Camp.
Andy Ibbott said: “I have been mad about motorbikes for as long as I can remember, and that has never stopped. So, for my next challenge, I wanted to do something big that not only helped people less fortunate than us here in the UK, but also promoted how motorcycles help save lives, and that’s exactly what Two Wheels for Life and Riders for Health does.
“Although I am petrified of heights and this challenge will completely push me to my limits, I know the motorcycling community is an extremely generous one, so I’m hoping it will inspire and encourage riders to donate and help this fantastic cause.”
All of the money raised by Andy’s Everest Base Camp climb will go to life-saving programmes in some of the poorest and most remote areas of Africa thanks to the work of Two Wheels for Life’s charity partner, Riders for Health.
You can support Andy’s Everest Base Camp climb by donating here.