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David Beckham discusses motorbike trip through Brazilian Amazon

David Beckham rides through Brazilian Amazon in BBC One's documentary 'Into the Unknown'
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As MotorbikeTimes reported last month, David Beckham will star in a BBC One documentary in which he travels across the Brazilian Amazon on his motorbike. Beckham made some early revelations at a Q&A yesterday (2 June), and what he had to say will most certainly surprise you!

The Beckham name is a synonym for football and fashion all throughout the world. However, the famed clan's patriarch has another passion he has come to explore further since his retirement: motorbiking. For the past eight years, Beckham has been an avid rider, yet his busy schedule kept him from pursuing long-term expeditions. Now that he has retired from football, Beckham decided to take on the challenge of driving through the Brazilian Amazon, a place where he would enjoy something fame and fortune has never given him: anonymity.

Beckham took on the road with three of his closest friends, world-renowned photographer and video director Anthony Mandler, experienced motorbike rider Derek White, and his best friend since the age of 14 Dave Gardner, as reported by Daily Mail . Their expedition was to be filmed for the BBC One documentary, David Beckham Into the Unknown. The 90-minute film was shot by Mandler and gave Beckham the chance enjoy anonymity for the first time in his adult life.

The new documentary star took part in a Q&A yesterday (2 June) and disclosed some details about his experience. The retired footballer told the Daily Mail, "I've never kind of been on a boys' trip before, and the fact that I could do it with three of my best friends on motorbikes, which we love, and obviously going to Brazil, which is a country that I love, but obviously going into the jungle which I had never done before." He continued, "That was refreshing, and obviously as we went along the trip I was being less recognised, and less recognised. By the end of the trip when we were in the tribe, they didn't know who I was, they didn't know what football was, and it was incredible."

Among the challenges the four travellers encountered along their journey were tarantulas, six-foot anacondas, 'leaky' canoes, sleeping in hammocks, and not being able to wash as often as usual. Sounds like the star footballer enjoyed quite the life-altering experience he sought.

'David Beckham Into the Unknown' will air Monday, 9 June at 20:30 on BBC One. All football and motorbike fans are encouraged to tune in!

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