Fifty years after Royal Enfield, embarked on its first ever 24 hour ‘Top to Tip’ sprint ride, the brand recreated its iconic challenge to celebrate the launch of Royal Enfield’s first exclusive store in the UK. This marks a major turning point in Royal Enfield’s history and presence in the country. The brand has significant plans for the UK, which is also the spiritual home of Royal Enfield.
On Saturday 10th May at 10:10pm, five teams of motorcycle enthusiasts flagged off on Royal Enfield Continental GT motorcycles from John O’Groats, the northern most tip of UK forming a relay that changed over at pre-determined points along the route and covering 952 miles, to ultimately finish at Land’s End.
The team successfully reached Land’s End at 6:57 pm on Sunday 11th May, completing the ride in a record time of 20 hours and 47 minutes, while simultaneously raising money for social enterprise charity, Riders for Health. It was in fact Tom Bray, Riders for Health’s eBay auction winner that rode into Land’s End as the first rider on Sunday evening to complete the epic challenge.
Each team of five riders all completed the challenge on the new Continental GT – the lightest, fastest, most powerful Royal Enfield bike in production, launched in September 2013.
In 1964, the initial 24-hour Top to Tip ride, from John O’Groats to Land’s End, marked the launch of Royal Enfield’s 1965 Continental GT model. The ride in 1964 was completed in 22 hours and 20 minutes. As part of the 1964 ride, noted motorcycle racer John Cooper had lapped the Silverstone race circuit where he reached a record- breaking 73mph, making the 1965 Continental GT ‘Britain’s Fastest 250’.
To keep the ride in line with its historical roots, the riders arrived at Silverstone on Sunday 11th May, where John Cooper, now 76 years old, completed a lap of honour on the very same track that he broke his original record.