This was the name given by Dave Greenhough to his around the world (London to New York) motorcycle venture as launched in May 2001. Dave had been a keen motorcyclist as a child and was understandably jealous when aged only 18 he had to wave off elder brother Clive on Mondo Enduro. He was determined to have a go himself and what better objective than to attempt to conquer the break in the Trans-Siberian Highway Mondo had christened The Zilov Gap.
Dave assembled a team of fit, strong and off-road competent school friends with an average age of 22 but 35 year old Austin was invited to come along as cameraman to chronicle the attempt. Things didn't quite work out as hoped with several of the youngsters dropping out and being replaced by older and uglier riders. Disappointment and misery came when Dave crashed on a dirt track near Volgograd, Russia. He struggled on but had to be flown home for knee surgery from Kazakhstan. The team pressed on without their leader, eventually traversing the Zilov Gap but not without one of the riders wiping out and breaking his collar bone. However, with this, the Terra Circa team were the first to traverse the Russian continent without using the train and in this respect, some of the demons of Mondo Enduro were finally, laid to rest.
Two miles into the Zilov Gap and unstoppable!
Dave and Austin straighten Gerald's rack in baking Kazakhstan
Russian workmanship...a byword for excellence
Terra Circa team minus Austin
Chas changes clutch plates next to Trans-Siberian railway
Dave shows off his home-made decals
Idyllic riverside campsite Eastern Kazakhstan
The zillionth river crossing in the Zilov Gap
Gerald and the all important diary
Another soul crushing river crossing in the Zilov Gap
As a veteran of Mondo Gerald's N1 fords this river for the second time in six years
The main street of the village of Zilov, Siberia
Our home-made (net curtain) mosquito nets in Russia