Wounded Hero Cayle Royce, 29, a double amputee from Dartmouth, has completed The Icarus Trophy, the world’s first ever long-distance paramotor race in 10 days- 3 days earlier than expected!
Hampered by adverse weather conditions, he completed the 1300km race from Washington State to California, USA using a custom built trike and aided (on the ground) by his brother Seth and with the support of Help for Heroes.
Former Tpr Cayle Royce was injured in 2012 while serving with The Light Dragoons in Afghanistan as a result of an IED Blast. As well as losing both legs, Cayle also lost the use of his left hand with total loss of index finger and partial amputation to remaining fingers and thumb.
He says: “It’s been absolutely epic and the final flight was outstanding as we all flew in together. I couldn't have asked for a better finish and the sunset was incredible.”
Cayle was trained by Alex Ledger from SkySchool Flight Centre, Europe's leading paramotor school which is the official European Training partner and part of the Icarus Trophy race management team.
Help for Heroes provided grant funding to enable Cayle and Seth to attempt this incredible expedition as part of their recovery.
Bryn Parry, CEO & Co-founder of Help for Heroes says: “It’s fantastic that Cayle has completed this epic challenge with the support of his brother Seth. Challenges like the Icarus Trophy provide our wounded with a sense of purpose and confidence in what they can achieve. All of these benefits can be translated outside of sport and into day to day life; sport helps with coping strategies and resilience – which is so important on an individual’s recovery journey. As brothers both wounded in the line of duty, Seth and Cayle are an inspiration to their wounded comrades, pushing beyond injury to achieve the extraordinary.”
Before the race Cayle said: “Flying was terrifying and awesome at the same time. Before I signed up I had been paragliding with Alex who is a talented pilot, which gave me some confidence. It puts life in perspective, and it’s also the element of helplessness, of conquering fears out there in the world in stimulating environments with likeminded people. I have now reconsidered what I want to do and I have so much clarity for the future. I can’t help but be motivated — there are lots of guys like myself who don’t do these things and I’d love to encourage these guys to give it a go.”
MD and founder of SkySchool, and chief safety officer for the Icarus Trophy, Alex Ledger comments:
“Since 2012, and the tragic events in Afghanistan, Cayle has rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, learnt how to fly a ParaTrike and competed in hand biking events. He is a unique adventurer, constantly pushing the boundaries of what a disabled person can do. Cayle’s determination to overcome his disability by competing in this extremely challenging race proves that anything is possible.”
The Icarus Trophy is organised by the Adventurists, who have been “fighting to make the world less boring” since 2004. They currently organise six Adventures across the globe including the Mongol Derby and the Mongol Rally.
The next race will take place in October 2016 with training available in three countries / continents (UK/ Europe, USA and Australia). Applications are open.