Biking Heroes: The final 11

Published: 18 October 2017

We had so many votes that we had to include an extra in our intended top 10 – so it’s now a top 11! Get voting to whittle this down to a final three. Voting opens today (October 18) and closes on November 1.

The top three will appear at Motorcycle Live at the NEC with an overall winner announced on November 25, when the nominee will receive £1000 cash prize.

So cast your vote now at www.carolenash.com/biking-heroes or on Facebook.

The final 11

Paul Brooks — Nominated by Paul Hartley

In late august 2011 Paul and three others set up North West Blood Bikes and now cover approximately 3000 square miles, help five hospital trusts and much more all for free. Their courier service between hospitals is a true lifesaver 365 days a year.

Talan Skeels-Piggins — Nominated by Nik Dean

In March, 2003 Talan was knocked off his motorcycle and thrown into the path of oncoming traffic. The accident left him paralysed from the chest down. Eight years later Talan was back riding on UK track days and felt the importance of teaching others how to do the same. So he set up The Bike Experience in April 2011, a charity that teaches and advises motorcyclists who have been disabled on how they can ride again.

Martin Dickson — Nominated by Rachel Farren

Martin is the founder of Ride to the Wall which gives riders an opportunity to gather together at a place of remembrance, to pay respects to serving and fallen servicemen and women and in doing so, raise funds to recognise the sacrifice made. To date over £600k has been donated to the National Memorial Arboretum.

Steven Quintus — Nominated by Kimberly Quintus

My dad started Blood Bikes Scotland. They transport blood, samples and anything that needs to be delivered to another hospital in the region. My dad has put in many hours and money from his own pocket to get the charity up and running. He is my hero and saves lives.

Hugh Cleary — Nominated by Paul Curtin

Few people can say they’ve fought for motorcycling. Hugh Cleary has been battling courts, governments, councils and landowners for decades with no reward other than to ensure common access for bikes which they are entitled to and which is denied again and again.

John Bryden — Nominated by Ewan Skinner

John and his wife Jan run the charity Kirsty’s Kids, which picked up the work their late daughter Kirsty did. John has ridden his 125 round Britain and to Russia and on September 1 set off for Cape Town. The charity works with children with life-limiting or life-shortening issues.

Brendan Allen (Santa Biker) — Nominated by Connie Allen

He has raised money for the Welcome Organisation (a local homeless charity), collected toys for Lindsay house (a children’s respite centre) and for the past two years has raised money for Children to Lapland.

Karen Neill — Nominated by Anton Shelupanov

Karen, owner of North London’s Zenith Motorcycles, is a biking hero. Zenith has hosted dozens of young people for work experience: many of them from disadvantaged backgrounds, some with disabilities. Karen has also hosted or participated in many charity events.

Chrissy Thomson — Nominated by Louise Roughton

Chrissy 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. Since 2015 Chrissy has led rideouts to visit young children with autism, supported victims of the Manchester terrorism attack, raised over £1000 for Midlands Air Ambulance, and hosted family days and events.

Mark Homan — Nominated by John Wright

Mark has been the mainstay of a youth biking charity – Gauntlet Auto Project – for 20 years. He oversees off-road training and bike maintenance, voluntarily and with minimal funding, providing a safe place for youngsters to learn how to handle bikes.

Steve Todd — Nominated by Patrick Meads

Steve, aka ‘Toddy’, throws his home/motorcycle collection open every month to the Walden bikers a club formed three years ago. It has grown from a handful of bikers to well over 400 and has raised more than £10,000 for the Essex Air Ambulance.

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