March 24 2009.

The route has been planned, visas obtained, bikes serviced and kit packed. Global Motorcycle Guinness World Record Holders and Founders of the motorcycle adventure travel company, GlobeBusters, Kevin and Julia Sanders, are now adding the final touches to preparations for another epic motorcycle adventure from the UK to Beijing, China. The journey kicks of this Saturday with an official start to the adventure at the Touratech Travel Event in Ystradgynlais, South Wales.

The journey will last for three months and traverse 14 countries, the centre piece of which will be the Asian 'Stans' and the vast hinterlands of Western China, as the couple trace the tracks of the ancient merchant route, The Silk Road. Accessing China with foreign motorcycles ridden by Westerners is extremely uncommon, and to independently traverse China from West to East in this manner is a journey that is rarely achieved. "This is exactly the sort of challenge that GlobeBusters revels in" said Kevin.

But this is not just a journey of personal exploration. In keeping with the GlobeBusters tradition of carefully researching each and every overland adventure expedition that is offered to motorcyclists, the UK to China adventure is a reconnaissance mission for GlobeBusters next project. 15 motorcyclists will join Kevin and Julia in 2010 to take part in the first GlobeBusters London to China Expedition.

The project was inspired by the recent handover of the Olympic flame from Beijing to London and gave GlobeBusters Founder, Kevin Sanders, the idea of this latest challenge."Riding from London to Beijing in 2010 - the centre point between the Olympic Games - just seemed perfect timing and when riders come on a GlobeBusters trip, participating in such an event is their own type of Olympic challenge," explains Kevin. "Many achieve their own personal best in terms of their riding and come away with unforgettable memories and an experience that has enriched their lives.

The London to Beijing trip will be the toughest long-distance overland ride that GlobeBusters has attempted and participants will be riding through countries with significantly less infrastructure and in places that are much more remote, with seriously extreme terrain at prolonged higher altitudes. It includes some incredibly isolated areas along the way, like the Pamir Highway in Tajikstan, which runs along the border with Afghanistan and is the world's second highest international highway, with many stretches being over 4,000 metres altitude. To travel this remotely, they will be self sufficient - camping and cooking for themselves along the way - and then when in China their aim is to stay south, travelling through the old Tibetan provinces, although this is still all subject to the permission of the Chinese authorities.

GlobeBusters will operate the first London to Beijing Expedition in 2010, starting in April. All details can be found on the www.globebusters.com website, where enthusiasts can also follow the GlobeBusters Blog, 'Tales from the Road', which will document Kevin and Julia's 2009 reconnaissance ride to Beijing.