Archive for March, 2012

Isle Of Man TT, Always An Exciting Motorcycle Race

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

There are few sporting events with as glorious a history as the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Race. This is easily one of the most prestigious motorcycle races in the world.

The event is often simply referred to as "the TT." The TT was first run in 1904, but only cars were allowed to participate. The next year, motorcycles ran the course to determine who would compete in the International Motor-Cycle Cup for Great Britain. In 1907, it became an official part in the prestigious motorcycle racing series.

In the 20's and again in the 40's, the event was canceled due to the world being at war. The TT always returned, however. From 1949 until 1990 the event was part of a world championship motorcycle racing series. First with the FIM Motorcycle Grand Prix World Championship and later the TT Formula 1 Championship.

During the last week of March and first week of June, the Isle of Man is practically shut down in order to host this event. Road closures make it difficult to get around the island. Still, because the race is run in a time trial format, there is always great racing action to witness. The Isle of Man TT is sponsored by the island's department of Community, Culture and Leisure. The race is the centerpiece of the TT Festival, an important part of the island's tourism income.

One aspect of this event that makes it unique is the ability of the public to participate on what is called, “Mad Sunday.” On Mad Sunday, anyone can get on their bike and ride the section of the course from Ramsey to Douglas. This is a mountainous section so get online and make sure your insurance is up to date at before you embark on this awesome and invigorating ride.

Because the Isle of Man TT is run on a true road course, it has had its share of safety concerns. Between 1907 and 2009, 237 racers have lost their lives riding in the TT. This includes practice and racing incidents. The race organizers do their best to make the course as safe as possible. The winding, narrow roads flanked by buildings and stone walls present a very different motorcycle racing experience. The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is always one of the most exciting races of the year for both spectators and participants.