Fanny is a former professional volleyball player and played for the Shanghai team that won the China National Championships in 1997. She graduated from China’s elite Fudan University in Shanghai with a degree at law and is now an “Investigations Manager” with a Swiss Pharmaceutical firm based in Hong Kong.
Fanny was an extremely active member of the sports scene in Shanghai (and now in Hong Kong) and continues to play volleyball for local clubs.
She was Captain of the Shanghai Women’s Gaelic football team that won the “All China Games” in 2010 and was boxing champion at the Shanghai China White Collar competition. She was voted “That’s Shanghai People’s Choice Sport Personality of the year” in 2010 and was jointly awarded (with Rupert) the “Shell Advance Individuals of the Year” Award in 2012.
Prior to 2011 Fanny normally rode a Chinese made bicycle around the streets of Shanghai and the largest motorcycle she had ever ridden was an electric scooter. Now Fanny rides a 1000cc KTM 990 Adventure, arguably one of the greatest and technically advanced adventure motorcycles in the world.
Fanny had never been camping before this expedition either, but has now lived out in the wilds in most of the environments and conditions Planet Earth has to offer, including: deserts; mountains; jungles; Africa bush; the Tibetan Plateau; sea beaches; lakes shores, coastal cliffs; and even inside an active volcano in Italy.
Her adventures are followed by millions of people on her Chinese blogs and also in articles she writes in magazines such as “Top 4×4” (越玩越野), New Younger (扭秧歌）magazine, Motorcycle magazine (摩托车）and Endurista magazine (Italy).
Rupert is an experienced adventure motorcyclist and completed several long distance solo expeditions in various parts of the world.
He is a former Royal Hong Kong Police Inspector, EOD bomb disposal cadre member, and Forensic Accounting & Corporate Investigations Leader for various consultancies.
He is founder of the Hong Kong Paragliding Association and competed as a pilot in the World Championships in Verbier and Kyushu Japan in the mid 1990s.
He is currently the Managing Director of Apollo Advisory Limited (www.apollo-advisory.net), an investigation and forensic accounting firm based in Hong Kong and continues to be active with various motorcycle expeditions and global adventures.
He has been riding motorcycles since he was 14 years old and started “adventure riding” at 16 years when he rode a Batavus Mark 4S (a Dutch 50 cc moped) along the exotic route from Staffordshire in the Midlands of England to see his grandmother for tea on the south coast of sunny Sussex. A 250 mile journey that took him all day and all night on A roads ….and it rained pretty much the whole way.
His off-road riding experience began with a vintage Matchless 350 motorcycle which he used rain or shine to collect cows for milking on a dairy farm he worked on as a young teenager.
Since then he has ridden an Aprilia 650 Pegasus, Honda Transalp, Kawasaki Versys and a Honda 250 Enduro bike across South East Asia; a 310kph Suzuki GSXR 1300 Hayabusa across Europe; a Honda Africa Twin and a KTM 690 Enduro across the USA; a KTM 690 Enduro across Australia; and a CF Moto 650 across China and Tibet.
Over the years he has owned many motorcycles, including a Yamaha 1200 Vmax; Honda Africa Twin; Suzuki GS750; Yamaha XS650; Kawasaki ZXR 750; Honda 1000 cc Fireblade; and a Yamaha 1000cc YZF- R1, the latter in his daily attempt, during that time, to get from his beach hut home in the village of Sek O on Hong Kong Island to his office in the business district of Admiralty in under 10 minutes.
While studying for a university degree when he was a police officer in Hong Kong he got a cushy job riding a Honda CBX 750 police motorcycle everyday and gained the rare distinction of having received considerably more speeding tickets whilst on duty than he ever issued.
In 2007 and 2009 Rupert rode solo across Africa, and between 2011 to 2012 Rupert and Fanny rode 60,000 kilometers around the world, each on KTM 990 Adventure motorcycles, and later across India, Sri Lanka and most South East Asian countries. At the same time publicity for their travels raised awareness and funds for their charities …”Half the Sky” and “Autism Research Trust”