Disabled bikers ride again
Six bikers disabled by life-changing injuries have had the chance to ride again at a special event at Silverstone.
Run by biking charity The Bike Experience, the event on Thursday June 16th saw riders aged in their 20s to 80s return to the track.
The Bike Experience Senior Instructor Rob Kuschel said: “Most of our riders have disabilities that prevent them from ever returning to the road, so our emphasis is on track riding, with many of our riders going on to take up track days or even racing.
“We cater for people with any disability and encourage everyone to come along to meet us, even if they think they won’t be able to ride again, to see what is possible.”
Check out the video below for one rider's comments:
Speaking of last Thursday’s event, Rob Kuschel explained: “Leo has not ridden in the 13 years since his accident caused him to be paralysed…[He] was lapping the circuit at a great pace by lunch time.”
“Ollie had arrived not believing that he would be able to adapt to riding with just his left arm. However, after an hour or so on our adapted left-handed Aprilia Mana, he began to build confidence and technique”
“Derek, who is an 84-year-old ex-road-racer, had a stroke several years ago rendering his right side partially paralysed. He also visited for his annual ride-out on Thursday and is testament to the strong will and determination that we see here at The Bike Experience to get back on and experience the thrill of riding despite all difficulty”.
The Bike Experience was founded in 2011 by Paralympian athlete Talan Skeels-Piggins, who was paralysed from the chest down after a motorcycle accident in 2003. It is operated by volunteers and funded by private donations, and aims to help people with disabilities return to riding to rebuild their confidence. In 2015, the charity helped 54 bikers learn to ride again on their specially adapted motorcycles.
The Bike Experience has events planned throughout 2016, including another at RAF Odiham and at Donnington Park. For more information, to book or to find out how to volunteer or donate, please visit their website.