An inspiration to millions globally, Judith Obaya Arenas, Motorcycle-driver, Traveler, Extreme-Adventurer-Sportswoman, in her 40s age and dynamic MotorsportsWoman of Villaviciosa, situated on the central eastern coastline in Asturias, a region in north-west Spain.
She is a collaborator of the Women’s Motorcycle Commission and the International Organization for the Defense of Motorcyclists (IMU).
She trained in The Spain’s Police Academy from 1988 to 1989. In 1989 she swore as a Police Officer in Gijón (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), located on the shores of the Cantabrian Sea (on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, in the northern coast of Spain) and served till 2011 as the Gijón Lady Cop for 23 years. And now she works into local Oviedo Police since 2012 to present. Oviedo is the capital city of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain, neighboring the cities of Gijón and Avilés on shoreline of the Bay of Biscay.
As a Motorcycle Adventurist, her motto is “Traveling on a motorcycle, Dreaming of a motorcycle, Living on a motorcycle.” And life’s mission is “Travel with meaning, Live, Explore, Dream like you never imagined.”
From 2015 she heads her venture ‘Motorcycle Experiences’ as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Granada (Spain) where she was a team-member since last 28 years from 1989 upto now. She served also in “Dakar´s Angel” as COO (Chief Operating Officer) from 2013 to 2015. She is Multicultural Ambassador from 2013 (upto present) at “Lugares En Moto” where she worked from past 33 years since 1984 in motorsports.
She founded Motorcycle Experiences – where she organizes motoaventura (motor-adventure) tours/trips/travel throughout Asturias (north-west Spain), North Africa, Iberian Peninsula (southwest Europe – France, Portugal, Spain, Andorra, and Gibraltar (overseas territory of the United Kingdom)) and other neighboring regions on motorcycles and bikes.
Judith Obaya Arenas’s achievements are endless, during her 33 years of traveling by motorbike, to name a few:
* She is First pilot that toured on motorcycle the 21 Seas of Europe (27000 km, covering 19 countries, in 50 days) in year 2013.
* She is First woman pilot who crossed the Western Sahara by motorcycle in total autonomy (3200 km of tracks) in 2016.
* And in March 2017 again First person who crossed the Western Sahara by bicycle off road (1768 km, record in desert).
* Motos X1000 (2013 to 2016) – a 30 minute dedicated to 100% motorcyclesports on The Garage TV.
* She has travelled from Arctic to Jungles to Columbia to many places in between
– overall upto over 1007 heritage sites around the world.
Judith Obaya Arenas has since 2010 ongoing herself into motorsports adventures on motorcycles. In the same year she began a motorcycle trip in Spain and Portugal, and also toured Italy. In 2011, she drove through the French Northwest and the Alps. In 2012 she got back on her motorcycle and toured Spain and France. From 2013 to 2016 she has been test-pilot of the Motosx1000 team (for the television program Garage-TV). In 2014 she set off for France and Morocco, and in that same year a 40-hour resistance challenge on a motorcycle was also completed by herself. In 2015, she participated in the Trip & Track of Lérida and organized Le Petit Dakar for the Sahara. In 2016, she was part of the organization and was a guide at Le Petit Dakar in southern Morocco and the Sahara. Her most important expeditions were: the 21 Seas of Europe and Parts of Asia (2013), cross the Western Sahara by motorbike (2016), climb the Mulhacén running, 17 Asturian ports running and again return to the Sahara in 2017.
During the summer of 2013, Judith Obaya Arenas traveled 27,000 kilometers completing the 21 European Seas for 50 days on her “Tola” motorcycle. Driving between 12 and 14 hours a day, the Cantabrian Sea and began to the direction of the Irish Sea, Scotland. She continued towards the Sea of Alborán and Mar Menor, within the Mediterranean zone of Spain. She then went to Italy and Greece to visit the Ligurian, Tyrrhenian , Ionian, Adriatic and Aegean Sea. The Marmara Sea (Turkey), the Black Sea (Georgia), the Azov Sea, the Baltic Sea and the White Sea (southern inlet of the Barents Sea located on the northwest coast of Russia). North Cape, Barents Sea, Lofoten Islands (Norway). North Sea (Sweden). She passed through Denmark and Germany. Sea of Friesland (Netherlands). Then passed through Belgium, France, crossing the English Channel to the United Kingdom. Celtic Sea (Scotland) and the Irish Sea. Before finishing her trip she made a final stop on Loch Ness (a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands extending for approximately 37 kilometers). In her adventure she also visited emblematic places such as Mount Elbrus (the highest in Europe), the deepest artificial well or North Cape (the northernmost point in Europe).
In 2016, she embarked on a motorcycle journey through Western Sahara in full autonomy, a route of 3200 kilometers of offroad through the desert and culminating in 10 days. This route had never before been done by a woman and she realized it without assistance, aided by some sponsors who facilitated the equipment but with very few resources, providing by herself.
After suffering a motorcycle accident, she decided to pose a challenge with a view to her recovery and to travel along with the blind athlete Juan Llames the ports of the Principality of Asturias. She ran beside Llames bound by a 20 centimeter rope as a guide. The thirteen border ports and crossed the border communities: Pontón , Tarna , San Isidro , Piedrafita, Pajares, Cubilla, Ventana, La Mesa, Somiedo, Leitariegos, Cerredo, Cienfuegos and Acebo. Next to the four most representatives for the bikers of the Principality: the Fito, L’Angliru, Lagos de Covadonga and Casielles.
In January 2017, in order to draw attention to violence against women, Judith Obaya Arenas climbed Mount Mulhacén (Sierra Nevada), which has a height of 3842 meters. Guided with a GPS and in communication with José Manuel Barrós through portable stations, she had to interrupt her ascent from the Hoya del Portillo (Capileira) due to bad weather conditions. Its peak, the highest of the Iberian Peninsula, is the roof of the Sierra Nevada and reaches 3842 meters above sea level. The conditions to complete became extremely hard, because in January the temperatures go down to Minus 20 degrees Celsius.
Her extreme journey, in Trans Eurasia Polar Expedition (Arctic Motorcycle Expedition) – an expedition in the middle of winter in which she does Europe and Asia for 90 days by motorcycle. 40,000 kilometers in total, 4000 kilometers of them in the Arctic Circle, within 14 time zones and long days, into temperatures of less than Minus 50 degrees Celsius and in continuous night driving in sub minis Arctic freezing terrain. From Cape Finisterre and Palos, the most western point in Europe, to the Bering Strait, the most easterly point in Asia.
In February 2017, as a signatory of the Social Pact against Violence against Women, an initiative launched by the government of the Principality of Asturias, Judith Obaya Arenas decided to embark on the journey of Western Sahara on a bicycle with the motto “No more violence against women“. This challenge, baptized by “Con2Ruedas”, consisted of crossing 1768 kilometers, to an average of 98.2 kilometers to the day in 18 stages, by the desert. The shifting sand-dunes by day forced her to drive by night in desert. She left on 20th February from the town of Assa (Morocco) followed by José Manuel Barrós in an assistance vehicle, and concluded the crossing on March 9 in Lamhiriz (Morocco). The project had the support of the Principality of Asturias, the Asturian Institute of Women and several municipalities in the province of Granada.
Her family, parents and children have been a big support to her from her earliest days upto now she says. She doesn’t get none criticism for all she chooses to do and dedicates her success to her family, friends, fans and sponsors.
A tough lady with bigger dreams – She needs more and more financial support in this technically advanced sport where the motorbikes/automobiles & machinery, its maintenance and the-on-driving living during motorcycle trips is biggest challenge she faces constantly due to cash-strapped sponsorships. Being a woman is as well considered a tough part in this sports – which she has actively and repeatedly well-performed in a career of past 33 years of motorsports and extreme adventure sports with worldclass records achieved continually.
In the past, over 20 sponsors have sponsored Judith Obaya Arenas for her motorsports trips, who have constantly been of tremendous help in her extreme-adventure-sports and motorsports endeavors to achieve her own-set-up milestones – howsoever difficult they were, she had attained those in past, on her own and due to her own highest standards of self-determination. So shall she keep pursuing future goals without any diversions.
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