ARMY veteran Chris Ganley has set his sights on road racing’s largest stage as he plans to be the first to take on the Isle of Man TT with one arm.
The 28 year-old from Bristol, who suffered extreme injuries after a motorcycling accident in which his left arm was ripped off, was in doubt of even walking after his crash.
“My injuries were horrific,” he said. “In addition to losing my left arm and coming close to losing my right, I also broke my spine in three places which has left me with nerve damage and weak muscles in my core and back.”
“I suffered a bleed on my brain, broken ribs and popped lung – I’m very lucky to be alive.”
But the accident didn’t change Ganley’s passion for bikes – he spannered for his Sergeant Major and attempted to race with the Army team, but was discharged due to his injuries.
“I tried so hard to come to terms with what had happened to me. I was in a very dark place and I wanted the struggle to end. I didn’t think I would be able to ride a motorcycle again – something I loved doing was denied to me.”
“To overcome my struggle, I started doing up my bikes so I could sell them but I knew I had to try one last time to ride them.”
“Once I made it out on track with my bike it gave me a reason to live again. Motorsport is something that you can’t describe the feeling of unless you do it.”
Ganley races in the popular Thundersport GB series regularly, where he finished third in his first ever race. But the short circuits aren’t enough to satiate his hunger, and now the former Army man aims to take to the famous Mountain Course for the Isle of Man TT – with a target year of 2023 on his mind.
“The closer I am to death, the more alive I feel. Racing at the TT will be a huge risk as it’s renowned for claiming countless lives, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take.”
Ganley will be back competing with Thundersport at Oulton Park in four weeks, then finish out the season at Donington Park in October for the series finale.
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