Biking Heroes: The final 10
Time is running out for you to have a say on who is Britain’s biggest biking hero. Your votes have already whittled down stacks of entries to 10 of the best and now we want you to vote again so that we can announce the final three.
Voting closes today (Wednesday). The top three will appear at Motorcycle Live at the NEC with an overall winner announced on November 18, when the victor will receive the £1000 cash prize.
So cast your vote now at www.carolenash.com/biking-heroes.
The final 10
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.
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.