Chris Ganley hopes to make history by being the first to race the TT circuit with only one arm. The military veteran and rifleman from Clevedon, who suffered extreme and life-changing injuries after a motorcycling accident now aims to compete in the ‘deadly’ race in 2023.
Despite the accident, Chris’ passion for motorcycles didn't change. He bought himself a Yamaha YZF 600 Thundercat and was hoping to race for his army’s team, but devastatingly, he never got the chance to do so before being discharged from the army for the injuries he sustained.
When he finally tried to come to terms with what had happened, He suffered severely with depression and thought he would be unable to ride a motorcycle again.
To overcome his struggle, Chris started fixing bikes to sell but knew he had to try to ride them one last time.
He booked a track day to see if he could ride his motorcycle with one arm. Once he made it out on track, it gave him a reason to live again and said “Being back on the bike gave me a new view on life. I changed my ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’.”
Chris now races in the Thundersport GB Championship, competing against able-bodied riders of all levels, where he finished 3rd in his first race and 4th overall in the championship - an outstanding reflection of hard work and determination after experiencing life-changing injuries. ”