In 1958, solely 5 years after the primary motorised crossing, the UK’s Tough-Stuff Fellowship, the world’s oldest off-road biking membership, deliberate its personal journey throughout the inside of Iceland, alongside a route known as Sprengisandur – which, if profitable, they believed could be the primary ever crossing by bike.
It was to be organised by ‘Iceland’ Dick Phillips: Dick had tried Sprengisandur in 1956 solely to be repelled by the raging rivers in spate. On his return, have been to be Bernard ‘Beefy’ Heath, highway captain, and Raymond ‘Cheesey’ Bottomley, cook dinner and chief photographer. One other man, John ‘Inky’ Hinchcliffe, had a last-minute downside and was refused launch from Nationwide Service. So with just one week to go Ron Bartle, 24 years outdated and an skilled touring bike owner, was drafted in as mechanic and fourth wheel. The quick discover maybe explains his lack of a nickname within the paperwork of the expedition. But it surely definitely didn’t damage his case that he was the best peak to trip the custom-made strengthened touring bike – fastened wheel – that had already been made by Viking.
On this video by Rapha, Bartle recollects the journey.