Competition: Win a signed copy of Joey Evans’s book “From Para To Dakar”


As we pointed out on The Bike Show, you can win a signed copy of Joey Evans’s inspiring new book, From Para To Dakar.

This book tells the story of Joey who, ten years ago, crashed his enduro bike and crushed his spinal chord. This left him completely paralysed from the waist  down, with doctors giving him just a 10% chance of walking again.

After an agonising period of operations and intense rehab, walk again he did, and eventually even managed to ride a bike. It was at this moment that he decided to pursue his life long dream of finishing the toughest race in the world – The Dakar Rally.

This year, 2017, that happened, but not without a series of grueling challenges and heartbreaking disappointments.

All this is in the book that you can win a signed copy of. As Joey specified, all you need to do is comment at the bottom of this page telling us the highest you have been. Obviously, as is the way with The Bike Show, we put entertainment above actual height above sea-level. Tell us a story, whether functional, fictional, possible or contextual, make it good.

The winner will be announced in the next couple of weeks on The Bike Show. To buy the book, go to Joey’s website:

Here is the interview with Joey from The Bike Show. Please comment in the comments section at the bottom of this page:


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Reg Green 22nd October 2017 at 6:51 pm

I have ridden to sign of the Kiwi near Hilltop on NewZealand. 127meters above sea level. Beautifull scenery

Daryl Grobler 22nd October 2017 at 7:11 pm

For the Book Competition:
Altitude 4000m+ in Peru (Antamina Mine), went there to repair a system, 8 hours per bus just to get pneumonia and come down in an ambulance (6 hours), spending 3 days in hospital, one week in Lima. Afrikaans guy in Peru not speaking Spanish, a challenge!
NB: 3 time in a ambulance, twice in Peru (Altitude related) and once (17 July 2017) in SA (bike accident).

Highest = 30 000 + feet (Ha Ha flying around the world), On a bike about 3000m Swiss alps DL650 (Rental) and a Tiger 1050 (2010) and amassing is not the word!!!

Joey, Focus, drive and Endurance, has a new name…… JOEY EVANS

Cheers Daryl

Jonathon Weston 22nd October 2017 at 9:50 pm

Hi Joey. Your story is inspiring and an amazing feat of what the human body can endure. I am humbled by your endurance in the face of such adversity and would love to read your book. The highest point on Dakar Rally is 4600m above sea level. At 53 years old I purchased a Suzuki DL 1000 adventure bike which I commute to work with in Durban KZN. I have had 2 crashes neither my fault. I broke my leg and arm and damaged my shoulder.and am still recovering. My dilemma is should I continue riding motorbikes. Over years I road off road without incident and now in one year 3 crashes in traffic. My boss reckons I may lose a limb or worse next time and then maybe I can’t work anymore. My grandfather was a despatch rider in first world war and my father rode bikes in his youth so its in my blood. I was looking forward to some adventure riding but I have doubts now. Doctor says I will be OK but I am struggling after 2 months to heal properly. Thank you for sharing your experiences in a book. Yours sincerely. Jonathon.

Conrose 23rd October 2017 at 9:15 am

San Miguel de Tucumán-San Salvador de Jujuy (Arg) – (4131 meters / 13553 feet)

Highest feeling -Other than the utter exilaration/freedom of being able to ride a bike – Having Andrew Pitt, 2008 WSBK Champion, as an instructor at a Killarney Track Day and then being his pillion for two laps. Think the smile on my face would have gone right round if not for my helmet.

Conrose 23rd October 2017 at 9:41 am

San Miguel de Tucumán-San Salvador de Jujuy (Arg) – (4131 meters / 13553 feet)

Other than the high/exilaration/freedom feeling I get when getting back into the saddle after a few days of not riding the highest point for me is when Andrew Pitt, WSBK 2008, was the instructor at a Killarney Track day and I pillioned with him for two laps afterwards. Were it not for my helmet the smile would have gone round my head mind you it stayed there for about a week.

Torsten 24th October 2017 at 7:30 am

Low – In 1997 I had a bad car crash and broke and dislocated my neck at c6-c7.
This left me with (thankfully transient) paralysis from the waist down for about a week while they put my back together.
The high point is I am now a major cycling enthusiast and bike (motorcycle) lover. I have fully recovered barring the odd twinge and I cycle around 400km a week.
Oh – I have also now learned how NOT to drive a car

Joey your story is an inspiration to all that you must never give up, no matter what the odds!

Grant 24th October 2017 at 6:35 pm

Hey Joey
I am currently reading your book. It is very inspiring, so I don’t need to win another copy, although, I would live to meet you, and have you sign my copy.

Dakar 2017 height: 4800 metres
My highest : 5895 metres amsl on the top of Kilimanjaro in 2000.

Deon Faurie 29th October 2017 at 7:02 pm

I walked to the top of Sibebe Rock in Swaziland

Mark Perks 30th October 2017 at 3:31 pm

On the top of my roof after eating some Dutch cookies

Dean Shaw 4th November 2017 at 2:55 pm

Hey Joey,
Highest I have ever been is the hospital morphine doses they gave me after spinal fusion recovery. (True story)…..Only a taste of what you accomplished!!!

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