Paralysed former event rider Claire rides motorbike for the first time

Paralysed former event rider Claire Lomas rides a motorbike for the first time in her life EMN-150424-095138001
Paralysed former event rider Claire Lomas rides a motorbike for the first time in her life EMN-150424-095138001
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Claire Lomas has talked about the rush she got from riding a motorbike for the first time in her life despite being paralysed from the waist down.

The 34-year-old, who lives at Eye Kettleby, suffered her devastating injury in a horse riding accident almost eight years ago but she has refused to live her entire life confined to a wheelchair.

Claire has walked the London Marathon in a robotic suit and hand-cycled 400 miles across England as part of a fundraising campaign for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF), which seeks a cure for paralysis, and her hobbies include mono-skiing, where she reaches speeds of up to 55mph on downhill snow slopes.

When she was offered the chance to ride an adapted high-powered 850cc motorcycle through The Bike Experience - which helps disabled motorcyclists to ride again - Claire did not hesitate to take it up.

After her recent ride, at the Donington Park circuit near Leicester, she said: “It was very hard to balance at first because I couldn’t feel the bike beneath me and, because I’m paralysed, I couldn’t just put my feet on the floor when I felt I was losing my balance.

“But eventually I was flying around at about 90km per hour and it was great.”

Claire’s next big fundraiser is Ride2Recovery, on June 14, where she will ride a trike motorcycle on a sponsored ride - to sponsor her go to www.claireschallenge.co.uk