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5 September 1968 |
|Occupation||public speaker and marketing consultant|
|Known for||Enduro racer, rally driver and for climbing Everest on a motorcycle|
Annie Seel (born 5 September 1968) is a Swedish-born motorcyclist who set a world altitude record for climbing to Mount Everest base camp on a motorcycle. Seel climbed to 5,305 m (17,405 ft), breaking the existing unofficial record by more than 50 m (160 ft), using a 20 year old Honda XL250 fitted with ice tires. This limitation was due to the Nepalese government's ban on the importation of new motorcycles to Nepal.
Previously known as an enduro racer and a leading female competitor in the Paris-Dakar Rally, Seel was awarded the Swedish "Adventurer of The Year" award in 2005 for being the first woman to compete in the 500-mile (800 km) TSCO Vegas to Reno desert motorcycle race, where she finished as the fifth highest amateur and was FIM first "Ride Green" woman eco-enduro champion in a race for electric motorcycles supporting environmentally responsible motorsports racing.
During the 2010 Dakar Rally, Seel crashed into a 16 ft (4.9 m) deep tomb but continued to complete the race. She also competed in the world’s first electric grand prix "TTXGP 2010" at Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit in the UK, riding the Morris Motorcycles Racing team's Mavizen TTX02 machine.
- Woman sets Everest bike record, Motorcycle News, 26 August 2003
- Woman to ride up Everest, Motorcycle News, 1 July 2003
- Matförgiftad Seel kör vidare (in Swedish), Dagens Nyheter AB, 11 January 2011
- Weekly World News, 23 September 2003
- European Adventurer of The Year, retrieved 2012-07-10
- Honours shared in first-ever Eco Enduro, Motorcycle News, 14 December 2009
- FIM Eco Ride Green
- Chris Newbigging (15 January 2010), Dakar racer crashes into 16ft tomb – continues racing, Motorcycle News
- Dan Aspel (6 July 2010), TTXGP 2010 comes to the UK, Motorcycle News
- TTXGP COMES TO BRANDS HATCH FOR ITS PENULTIMATE DATE IN AN HISTORIC 2010, eGrandPrix Ltd., 30 September 2010, retrieved 2012-07-10
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