The Isle Of Man, a small picturesque island in the middle of the Irish Sea, is home to just under 70,000 inhabitants that live a nice relaxing peaceful life 342 days of the year, until the Manx TT arrives and turns the island on its head, playing host to over 100,000 motorbike enthusiasts who descend on the Island every year to watch a spectacle that many claim is the “worlds most dangerous road race”
The Manx TT is considered to be the most prestigious and oldest motorcycle race in the world, it officially began in 1977 as part of the TT Formula 1 Championship, and has steadily grown in popularity ever since, taking with it 151 death in the process. Amongst those fatalities, experienced rider Bob Price suffered this fatal collision with a brick wall after mis-judging his speed at Ballaugh Bridge in 2014. Viewer Discretion Advised…
Having grown up on the Isle Of Man, I have bear witness to some of the most hair raising moments of a lifetime, watching in awe at these fearless riders take on the Mountain Course using every possible trick in the book to shave seconds off the lap record set by John McGuinness in 2015, who completed the 37.73 miles at a mind boggling average speed of 132.701mph, amazingly in the same pair of clean pants.
It’s hard not to understand why the Manx TT attracts thousands of people every, it is probably one of the last remaining events that has not bowed down to health and safety, despite the odd sandbag which can now be found wrapping a lamp-post. If a rider does come of the bike, he could well end up in someone front garden or down the side of a mountain as local boy Conor Cummins experienced in 2010, which was captured on this amazing footage below;
You have to admire the courage that is requires to take part in the Manx TT, but one of the greatest mysteries is just how they manage to travel so fast when that are having to drag their abnormally large testicles along the way with them?
It is interesting to note that almost all of the professional motorbike track riders have refused to take part in the TT, including Valentino Rossi who told the media;
‘I did a lap of the Isle of Man, and I understand why people love this because it’s f**king awesome – it’s unbelievable, great. But, unfortunately, it’s too dangerous. Sometimes, riders are crazy.’
The biggest character amongst the current riders, has to be Guy Martin who now has a successful television career, but spent his previous years working full time as a mechanic, before taking part in his first TT in 2012. Last year Martin suffered a horrific crash during the Ulster GP which has left him out of action and unlikely to return to the TT 2016.
I cannot recommend a visit to the Manx TT highly enough, it is something that really needs to be seen to be believed, Youtube simply doesn’t do it justice…