WorldRiderZ Successful Sydney to Paris Ride


WorldRiderz in France showing Rigid Industries LED Light bars

One in every seven Australians is affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Kidney disease is not biased by age or gender and with one in 3 Australians at risk of developing kidney disease, it is quickly becoming the silent killer in modern society.

WorldRiderz KTM Adventure 900 Tiger motorcycle with Rigid Industries LED light bars

Snake Racing is proud to support the WorldRiderZ Foundation with their mission to increase awareness of chronic kidney disease and establish a global renal & urological network. The WorldRiderZ Foundation’s goal is to connect health professionals in major hospitals with remote, developing and impoverished regions so that medical advancements can be shared across the globe.

Stephane and Paul of the WorldRiderZ Foundation rode from Sydney to Paris in support for chronic kidney disease. Pushing the tiger inspired KTM Adventure 900’s through 9 countries, with the Discovery Channel capturing all the highs and lows as they succeeded in generating support and funding for the global renal network.

WorldRiderz riding in France showing Rigid Industries LED Light Bars

Krystal Harden from the Snake Racing team caught up with Stephane Etienne after he returned from Paris for an update on his epic journey and how the Rigid Industries LED Light Bars performed.

Krystal: Congratulations Stephane on your successful ride to France. Going by your blog it looks like it was quite the trip of a lifetime.
Stephane: The journey exceeded all hopes and expectations. As you say, it was a trip of a life time that wen’t fantastic. We had some challenges, dramas, fun, met many influential personalities including the Dalai Lama, Prince Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and many more.

Krystal: Snake Racing donated the lighting on both KTM Adventure 900’s. I have a couple of questions on the Rigid Industies LED Bars and how you found them.

Krystal: Why did you choose the Rigid Industries LED Bar over other lighting types.
Stephane: The Rigid Industries LED Bar are fully rugged and waterproof. Being on such a long journey across various challenging terrains, I needed to have a 100% reliability on my lights, particularly in sandy areas at night. Those Rigid Industries LED haven’t let me done once!

WorldRiderz in Saudi Arabian Desert with Rigid Industries LED light bars.

Krystal: You have mounted a 6 inch Amber LED Bar and two 4″ Dually LED lights to the front of both the KTM 900 motorcycles. How did you find their performance through out your journey?
Stephane: The 6” Amber Bar and Dually light combination that Snake Racing has given us has worked out beautifully. The Amber LED was mostly used in dirty/dusty terrains, giving us a much clearer vision – and the Dually LED were mostly used at night in the country sides where roads have no public light. They are very powerful, bright and work under all temperature variations.

Krystal: Travelling from Australia to Malyasia, through India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya and Italy whilst on your way to France is quite an Extraordinary trip! Did the Rigid Industries LED light bars offer you any riding advantages?
Stephane: The Rigid Industries lighting gave us a total piece of mind. When you are travelling on 2-wheels you want to make sure other vehicles from various countries see you well. I felt a lot more safe keeping my lights switched on at all times to prevent oncoming traffic in rural areas and to give me a better vision in remote places.

WorldRiderz KTM Adventure 900's parked in Malaysia showing Rigid Industiries LED light bars

Krystal: Have you had much feed back from your friends, co-workers, travellers about the Rigid Industries LED light bars mounted on your bikes?
Stephane: It’s been very interesting to see the reaction from the crowd looking at our KTM’s in each country. Lots of riders were asking where could they get a set of those great looking lights that works?

Krystal: Would you recommend the Rigid Industries LED light bars to others?
Stephane: 100% satisfied! They light up your path, are reliable and no maintenance, what more would you want?

Krystal: How much funding have you raised so far? WorldRiderz pose with KTM Adventure 900's at a hospital in Malaysia Stephane: I will have final figure end of June ’11 – then the figure will be public, that way we don’t announce different numbers.

Krystal: How many hospitals are now on board as part of the Global Renal Network?
Stephane: All hospitals from the 9 countries visited in this journey. Australia – Malaysia – India – Saudi Arabia – Egypt – Libya – Tunisia – Italy – France

Krystal: What was your trip highlight?
Stephane: When we travelled to Dharamsala to meet with his holiness the Dalai Lama.

WorldRiders Stephane and Paul meet talking to the Dalai Lama

Krystal: Did you come across any unexpected challenges and how did you overcome them?
Stephane: My bike got stolen in Tripoli in Libya! That day was definitely the most challenging on the road. An amazing support and help from Tom Yates (Australian Consul in Libya) helped us recover the bike.

Krystal: When can we watch your story on the Discovery channel?
Stephane: In July ’11 we have to hand over all 6 episodes to Discovery Networks which will then decide of date of broadcasting. That should happen around August/September ’11.

For more information about Stephane and his mission to raise awareness and funds for Chronic Kidney Disease visit http://www.worldriderz.com/

WorldRiderz Stephane meeting his family in France after the long journy

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Story by Krystal Harden