Chris Ganley, 28, from Clevedon lost his arm in a motorcycle incident which saw him hit a lamp post and brick wall. The protective gear he was wearing saved his life but unfortunately, he sustained life changing injuries.
During the accident, Chris’ left arm was ripped off and his right arm was broken so badly that the doctors questioned whether to rebuild the arm or to amputate it. He said, “my injuries from a 30mph crash were horrific. 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 also suffered a bleed on my brain, broken ribs and popped lung – I’m very lucky to be here.”
The incident didn’t change Chris’ passion for motorcycles. After being a mechanic for his Sergeant Major at a race weekend at Donnington, Chris bought 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 the accident .
Chris said, “When I sustained the 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. If it didn’t work, at least I’d know I had tried.”
Chris booked a track day to see if he could ride his motorcycle with one arm. He added, “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.
“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 and travels the country racing against able- bodied riders. In his first race, he came 3rd place - an outstanding reflection of hard work and determination after experiencing life changing injuries.
Chris hopes to run a fully disabled race team soon, which will be made up of disabled riders, team mechanics and team managers. Chris said, “I want to show other injured motorsport riders and drivers that everyone is able to compete in motorsport – its only your mind set that makes you disabled – it’s important not to let yourself set limitations. Go out and try whatever it is you want to do, it could be the missing part of your life!”
Once Chris has set up his own disabled race team, he hopes to race the famous TT circuit.
You can follow Chris’ progress through liking his Facebook pages - Chris Ganley & G-Rex Racing.
To find out more about Chris and his journey so far visit - www.roosbrothers.com/arm1-film