The TT

I’ve always loved and ridden motorbikes, so the legendary TT races on the Isle Of Man have always held a special place for me. I first went in 2012 and literally couldn’t believe my eyes. Races have been held on closed public roads the Isle Of Man since 1907, and one lap of the course is over 37 miles long, which takes years to learn properly. It’s unlike any other racing event on the planet – and more than a bit bonkers. Factory teams with their big trucks and crews are side by side with privateers sleeping in their tents with their bikes and doing all the spannering themselves. Add to that 40,000 visitors, nearly all of whom travel over on their bikes, and you have one amazing and dramatic human spectacle. For two weeks each year, 160mph+ down the high street is the norm. Health and safety? Jog on…