Honours given for riders who go above and beyond to help communities
The search for Britain’s biggest biking hero has reached its climax after hundreds of nominations and thousands of votes.
MCN and Carole Nash joined forces to find the person who gave the most back to motorcycling and their communities as a whole – and the overall winner was crowned at Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham last week.
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Karen Neill was presented with a special trophy and the person who nominated her – Anton Shelupanov – received a cheque for £1000. Karen runs Zenith Motorcycles in London and has helped dozens of young people find work after spend time at her business. She has also supported many charities and raised more than £50,000 for good causes.
Second place was Talan Skeels-Piggins, nominated by Nik Dean, who has continued riding despite an accident that left him paralysed from the waist down. He has also encouraged other disabled people to keep riding motorcycles, set up his own riding experience, and races
Steven Quintus was awarded the third-place prize for his work to get aBlood Bikes riders group set up in Scotland.
MCN Editor Andy Calton said: "The whole campaign has been an eye-opener. We all kind of know that motorcyclists that are a kind, friendly bunch, but to hear about such amazing feats of selflessness is humbling. It puts daily annoyances into perspective.
"Everyone who was nominated for the MCN/Carole Nash Biking Heroes award has achieved brilliant things and it’s great that this campaign has helped raise awareness of their work."