Some of you may have already heard of Talan Skeels-Piggins. After getting knocked off his Fireblade and into oncoming traffic in 2003, Talan was consequently paralysed from the chest down. Some, understandably, struggle with such life-changing injuries but TSP has go onto bring hope to others in similar situations. Put simply, he’s an inspirational legend.
Talan is not only incomparably driven and mentally resilient, he’s also rather tasty on two-wheels and became the world’s first paraplegic motorcycle road racer several years ago, after fighting with the ACU in order to gain a licence. Lapping Brands Indy circuit in the mid-50 second bracket on a Suzuki SV650 is a milestone for able-bodied racers and unfathomable when you only have the use of your arms.
In 2011, Talan founded and setup The Bike Experience: a charity that teaches riders with an array of disabilities how to get back on a bike again. After getting involved with TBE and personally helping a paraplegic rider back on a bike again, I was reduced to an emotional wreck when witnessing first-hand how the charity functions. Gaz was also paralysed in a road accident and, thanks to The Bike Experience, was back on a bike at Castle Combe Circuit within a year of the crash.
If bike racing, running a charity and living with his disabilities isn’t enough, Talan is also competes at the Winter Paralympics for Team GB as a downhill skier. The Little Person Inside is a moving edit from Speechless Films and an insight into Talan’s racing exploits. Check it. You can find more about his racing here.