Chris Ganley is hoping to make history and become the first person to race at the Isle of Man TT circuit with only one arm. And he needs your support.
The military veteran and rifleman from Clevedon who suffered life-changing injuries after a big bike accident in 2014, is now aiming to race on the iconic Mountain Course in 2023.
Chris races in the Thundersport GB Championship, competing against able-bodied riders of all levels. And he’s more than proved himself, finishing 3rd in his first race and 4th overall in the Championship last year. Although he’s currently gearing up for the 2019 season, he’s already got his sights firmly set on the Isle of Man for 2023.
Chris said ” The dream has always being to be the first ever one armed disabled rider to finish the TT course, this will take massive commitment from not only myself but my loyal team too, we have to be realistic and take small steps, the next goal is to get a 600cc race bike and test it in the Thundersport GB championship, In 2019 my lap times still have to come down but this year on the Yammaha R1 I have knocked seconds off my previous bests, I’m aiming to Compete at the Isle Of Man in 2023, I need to keep hitting my milestones to get there. I must keep improving and thats why I’m glad to be in the Thundersport GB Championship.”
“I would like to thank my parents as they had to go through the pain of my accident and then watch me get back on the thing that almost killed me and support me even though they aren’t keen on the idea, my in-laws as they are extremely proud of what I’ve achieved. My team of amazing individuals who without question get me and the bike ready to race at every meeting but most of all my wife and son, Charlotte and Alexander, who have supported me through some troubling times and supported what I want to do, no matter what!”
Here’s a short film from The Roos Brothers and Greenpoint Pictures showing Chris’ journey to get back on two wheels.
Tomorrow (Saturday March 2nd), Chris will be unveiling his 2019 Yamaha R1 Thundersport GB race bike at The Bristol Inn, Chapel Hill, Clevedon. And throughout the day, there will be a variety of opportunities to support his racing campaign – so if you’re in the area be sure to drop by.
For more information, visit: www.chrisganleyracing.com