Biking heroes: ‘Whoever prepared me for the journey saved my life’

Published: 16 August 2017

Carole Nash and MCN, have launched a country-wide search to find the biker who gives something back, goes the extra mile and benefits those less fortunate than him or herself.

Dr Fred MacSorley MBE is one of the ‘flying doctors’ and he’s ready for a well-earned rest.

Dr Fred MacSorley MBE is the definition of an unsung biking hero. One of Irish road racing’s flying doctors for 30 years, ‘Doctor Fred’ as he is known in the paddock, hung up his leathers after this year’s Ulster Grand Prix. 

More often than not, Dr MacSorley has been one of the first on scene in the event of a road racing incident at both the big Irish international events, such as the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix, as well as smaller road races. Working as a crucial part of the Motorcycle Union of Ireland Medical team, he has unquestionably saved many lives at the roadside during his years of service. 

After road racing legend Ryan Farquhar crashed badly in the Supertwins race at the 2016 North West 200, sustaining six broken ribs and a lacerated liver, he said: “I remember crashing and the marshals telling me not to move until Doctor Fred got there. When I got to hospital they told me that whoever prepared me for the journey had saved my life.”

“The last 30 years have been wonderful,” MacSorley said about his retirement. “I’ve seen the goodness of human nature; how people deal with both success and tragedy with dignity but also the unbelievable support that this community offers to its members.” 

An example of Fred’s commitment to the sport is that he had planned to retire much earlier than he has, but has spent the last year training up three paramedics, including his son Allister, to take over his role. 

Nominate your biking hero

Do you know a biking hero? We want you to nominate those who are worthy the recognition. And with cash prizes up for grabs, this is your chance to give your Biking Hero their moment in the spotlight. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for you and your hero to be part of the Carole Nash stand at the Motorcycle Live show at the NEC in November.  

Carole Nash are offering a total of £2000 in prize money for the top three-placed heroes and their nominators. The hero crowned the overall winner will be presented with the Carole Nash Biking Hero 2017 trophy at Motorcycle Live. Now we appreciate that some of these biking heroes shun publicity or fuss, but this a chance to really highlight the work they do and the worthy causes they do it for.

Find out more details on how to nominate and vote for your hero here.

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