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One-armed motorcyclist makes TT course history

Chris Mitchell became the first one-armed man to complete a race on the famous TT course.
Chris Mitchell became the first one-armed man to complete a race on the famous TT course.
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Thursday, 29, Aug 2013 03:19

by Daniel Mackrell

British rider Chris Mitchell has made Manx TT course history by becoming the first one-armed man to complete a race there.

Chris lost the use of his left arm in 2001 when he was in a motorcycle accident, but gradually found the confidence to get back onto a bike, and start racing.

He rides a specially designed bike, which is a modified Suzuki that allows him to steer with his feet and to counter steer with his body.

It also has special grips on the sides of the tank to keep him attached to the bike.

Speaking to BBC North West after finishing the race, Chris said: "This is up there with having my first daughter born and getting married. This is a lifetime ambition."

"The Manx Grand Prix is the best thing I can imagine doing on my bike, it is why I wanted to race in the first place".

The 42-year-old produced a good performance, finishing in 11th place (out of 20) in the Manx Grand Prix Newcomer's B race.

He averaged 99.134mph on the course, and was being cheered on by a number of proud friends and family, including his brother, daughter and team manager Julian Wood.

His daughter Ellie said: "I was so nervous. I was shaking. I could not be prouder of him."

Chris had entered the same race last year, but mechanical issues stopped him from completing a lap, and had therefore prevented him from achieving the feat at the time.

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