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Talan Skeels-Piggins is a World Champion 600cc Motorcycle Racer, and professional Downhill Alpine Racing Skier... he also happens to be paralyzed from the chest down.
Talan does not consider himself to be disabled, just a wheelchair user.
Working as a world class motivational speaker, he is also the proud founder of the Motorcycle Experience Charity and the Talan Racing Team.
Talan Racing Team is made up of two disabled motorcyclists, both are paraplegics who were injured and disabled as a direct result of a motorcycle accident.
Through considerable efforts, they have overcome the mental barriers to race the very machine that caused the life changing injuries they sustained.
They compete in the UK and abroad in 1000cc and 600cc classes.
The Bike Experience
The Bike Experience is a charity that teaches and advises motorcyclists who have been disabled how they can ride again, through the provision of an adapted and modified motorcycle which will allow them to ride in a safe environment using a logical step by step process.
The Bike Experience was formed by Talan Skeels-Piggins in April 2011, as there was no project in existence that taught disabled motorcyclists how to ride.
Talan Skeels-Piggins is an inspirational speaker who brings his own unique perspective to your organisation.
He has overcome the most extreme setbacks in his life to achieve a series of firsts and his drive, determination and sheer willpower come across in his motivational talks.
He is available to give talks on a range of topics.
2003 | Motorcycle accident left Talan paralysed from the chest down.
2008 | Reached a world ranking of 5th in the downhill ski event.
2009 | World Ski Championships in Korea, he finished 31st in the Super-G and improved on that position with a 26th-placed finish at the 2009 World Cup in Whistler.
2010 | Won two bronze medals at the NorAm Cup in Kimberly, Canada to secure his qualification for the 2010 Winter Paralympics. He competed for Great Britain at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in the men's slalom, giant slalom and Super-G. His best finish was 15th in the giant slalom; he also finished 25th in the Super-G and 31st in the slalom.
2011 | Together with Russell O'Neill and Halina Tomlinson, Talan founded 'The Bike Experience', a charity established to help motorcycle riders who are now paraplegic to ride again. This is a free experience for disabled bikers who would like to ride on a racing circuit:
Talan became the first paraplegic in the history of motor-racing to gain an ACU 'Hill-Climb and Sprint' Race Licence and compete against able bodied racers in solo motorcycles.
Talan was Awarded Honorary Masters (Education) from University of Chichester for Outstanding Sporting Achievement and continued Education Development in Schools, Colleges and Universities.
European Super G Champion.
2012 | Talan became the first paraplegic in the history of motor-racing to gain an ACU Road Race licence and compete against able-bodies racers. Race held at Snetterton on 23/24 June 2012 with Club Thundersport, taking part in the Minitwin Class on a modified Suzuki SV650. Came 12th out of 38 in 2012 Minitwin Championship.
2013 | Silver Medal in IPC NorAm Adaptive SBX Competition. Becomes first Monoskier to win IPC medals in both Alpine and Adaptive SBX races.
2015 | World Champion 600cc (Paralysed category) at Bridgestone World Cup in Vallelunga, Italy. Also took 2nd place 600cc (all disabled categories).
Competes in the Race Of Remembrance. Becomes first paraplegic in the history of Motorsport to hold both car and motorcycle race licences.
2017 | Runner up 600cc (paralysed category) at Bridgestone World Cup in Le Mans, France.
Release of feature length film documentary called 'Dream The Impossible', which followed Talan Racing throughout the 2015 season.
Set unofficial British land-speed record for an electric motorcycle.
Became the first paraplegic to complete the Tandragee 100 Irish Road Race Circuit.
2018 | Commenced Archery and Sailing training for the 2018 Invictus Games.
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