Help find Britain's best biking hero!

Published: 11 September 2017

MCN has teamed up with Carole Nash to uncover the motorcycling’s great and good. We might not know it, but we all know a biking hero. These are people who lend a helping hand, put the time to aid other people’s enjoyment, pass on their wisdom or do something truly heroic on two wheels. Carole Nash’s Biking Heroes is about rewarding these people.

All you need to do is visit the Carole Nash website to nominate your hero and in 50-250 words explain why they deserve the accolade. The prize is worth the effort – £2000 for the top-three heroes and their nominators.

The nomination judged to be the overall winner will be presented with the Carole Nash Biking Hero at Motorcycle Live bike show at the NEC and you and your hero will have the chance to be part of the Carole Nash stand, too.

The motorcycling public can vote for the top 20 on the Carole Nash’s insidebikes Facebook page. Carole Nash’s judges will then choose the ten finalists before asking the public to choose the top three.

The judge’s shortlist will be revealed on September 20, when the voting will begin for the shortlist of 20 entries. The final judging takes place in October.

ACU coach

Riding opportunities for London kids are few and far between, especially legal ones. Docklands Riders was set up to combat these issues, and has grown considerably under the tutelage of Chris Salt.

Chris Salt has been an ACU coach for 23 years and has over 26 years of enduro race experience. He runs weekly classes at the track for people of all ages and abilities and it’s regularly packed out as the track is the only off-road facility in London that offers both MX and Enduro training and practice.

As well as teaching young adults to ride, Chris also runs a Sunday club for kids as young as six, giving them the chance to ride in a safe and structured training environment as they take their first steps on a Yamaha PW50.

On top of the riding coaching, Chris also runs weekly mechanics courses for disaffected young people from the local schools, which gives youngsters the chance to learn something academic and vocational in a less formal environment. The courses are accredited and he’s helped many people gain the vital skills required to move on to full-time work in the motor trade. 

His friend, Max Hills, who nominated Chris as a biking hero said: “He’s an all-round good guy whose enthusiasm for motorcycles always rubs off on all those he tutors. He has set many people on course for a new two wheeled adventure and lifelong love of riding.”

For more information visit www.docklandsriders.org.uk.

Role model

Lois Pryce, nominated by Biddy Fisher: “Lois inspires so many women. From her first amazing trip as a novice along the whole coast of the Americas, to her rides in Iran – a true role model!”

Blood biker

Steve Quintus, nominated by Kimberly Quintus: “My dad started up Blood Bikes Scotland – a free courier service for the NHS. He is my hero and saves people’s lives with this service.”

Charity work

John Bryden, nominated by Ewan Skinner: “John and his wife Jan run the charity Kirsty’s Kids. John has ridden the 125 around the UK and to Russia and is about to head to Cape Town.”

Midlands rider

Chrisy has dedicated many hours of his own time to supporting, helping and fundraising for others in order to bring together a hugely successful and enjoyable biking group – Midlands Riders. The group formed in 2015 and since then Chrisy has created something truly amazing: he has given endless hours of support to people in and out of the biking community, supported victims of the Manchester terrorism attack, raised over £1000 for Midlands Air Ambulance.

Many members of Midlands Riders will openly tell you how much the group has changed their life, helping and supporting them with mental illness and other social insecurities by getting out and about meeting new people.

UK charity work

Simon started with a round-the- UK charity ride after his son was diagnosed with rare genetic illness. He has also setup Dambusters Charity Motorcycle rides with last Dambuster George “Johnny” Johnson as patron.

He continues to support the RAF Benevolent Fund through his motorcycle charity and has since become a trustee of Motorcycle Outreach, a small charity that uses motorcycles to get health workers to remote villages in Flores, Indonesia. His list of achievements is longer than we can fit in this box.

Start nominating now at www.Carolenash.com/bikingheroes. Entries close September 6. 

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