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One-armed biker set to compete in one of World's most dangerous races

Chris Ganley says he wants to compete in the TT in 2023. Credit: ITV West Country

An Army veteran from Clevedon who lost an arm in a motorbike accident is now training to compete in one of the deadliest races in the world.

28-year-old Chris Ganley wants to become the first ever one-armed biker to race in the Isle of Man TT.

Cari Davies went to Castle Combe circuit to see him in action:

  • Credit to ITV Sport and the Roos Brothers for use of some of their footage.

Mr Ganley served two tours of Afghanistan but in 2014 a motorbike accident almost killed him.

He lost his left arm in the accident.

Mr Ganley served on the front lines during two tours of Afghanistan Credit: Chris Ganley

Mr Ganley says despite the injury he was back on his bike six months after the crash.

He now races using a modified bike.

The 28-year-old competes in the Thundersport GB Championship and took third place in his first track race.

It was amazing it really was, and it's given me more of a bug to keep at it.

– Chris Ganley
The bike Mr Ganley uses has been modified. Credit: ITV West Country

Now the Mr Ganley wants to be the first to race the Isle of Man TT with only one arm.

The TT is a notoriously difficult road race.

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Despite the challenges that he faces to compete in the race, Mr Ganley says he is mentally prepared.

I think it's just trying to be the best you can. this is my sport so I will train for as long as I need to to get to the highest goal that I can and for me the highest goal is the Isle of Man TT.

If I'm honest I think I've done some pretty scary things so this might be on the same level as that, and if I can handle those scary moments I'm sure I can work this one out.

– Chris Ganley

Mr Ganley has set himself a target to complete the Isle of Man TT in 2023.

Chris is now raising money so he can set up a disabled racing team, giving other disabled riders the chance to compete.