This post is totally unrelated to any crafts, DIY or upcycling, but I am just so excited that TT is almost here that I wanted to write this little post and share my excitement with you!
The International Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Race is an annual motor-cycle racing event held on the Isle of Man which was for many years the most prestigious motorcycle race in the world
For those who are not familiar with TT, you can read all about it on this page, which gives you amazing facts and history about this phenomenal race which takes place in the Isle of Man every year in May/June.
These two weeks, the idyllic island becomes alive. It is buzzing and you can feel the energy in the air!
Via iomTT website
There is nothing on Earth quite like the Isle of Man TT Races. No other motorcycle race is held on such a challenging track as the 37-mile plus Mountain Course with its seemingly never-ending series of bends, bumps, jumps, stone walls, manhole covers and telegraph poles.
The skill, bravery and concentration levels required are immense, with speeds approaching 200mph, and, while difficult to learn and even harder to come first, the rewards for winning on the world famous course are like no other.
No other motorsport event can boast more than 100 years of such illustrious history, rich in tradition and legends, and to have your name inscribed on a TT trophy is to sit with the gods.
The Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Race is run in a time trial format on public roads legally closed for racing. Since 1911 the Isle of Man TT Races have been held on the 37.73 miles (60.72 km) Snaefell Mountain Course which consists of a number of public roads in the Isle of Man closed for racing.
I personally had never heard of it, until I came to the Isle of Man in the spring of 2004. Even then, I did not quite realise how amazing and huge this event was. Even if you are not passionate about bikes or racing, there is something in the air those two weeks when the races are on. The roads are busy, visitors arriving from all over the world and there is so much mutual respect between the riders.. Yes of course you do get some people who do not respect the roads and are here to let the steam off and show off, but not many! Majority of riders, visitors and guests are wonderful people who enjoy the rush, atmosphere and most of all the Race!
You will see so many different people, different nationalities, young, old, women, men, boys, girls, groups of old friends, families… You name it they all are coming over and they all have one thing in common – passion about the race!
Where ever you go on the island, there are bikes everywhere… hundreds, thousands even!
This year TT falls takes place from 30th May to 12th June only 10 days away!!! Visit the official site for the race schedules, photos, news and much more.
TT Races are the only races in the world, where you can get this close to the action!! Just watch the race sitting on a hedge and feel the breeze when the bikes rush past you, hear, smell and absorb the atmosphere of the race !!
But blink and you may miss it!
There are so many events, concerts, beer tents, entertainment and bands on throughout the two weeks all over the Island so there is definitely something for everyone!
The residents of the Isle of Man are lucky enough to have a national holiday on the main race day called the Senior Race which is the highlight of the whole TT Races. This year I am off the whole of the race week, which I am really looking forward to as my sister and her boyfriend are coming over to visit! The only downside about TT being so close, means my Equity and Trusts exam is also just around the corner (EEK!!).. But I won’t let it dampen my mood..
There are many people who are against the race, many people who would (literally) give their lives by taking part in this race, it has claimed many lives, caused controversy, is considered one of the most dangerous races in the world, is the most amazing race in the world..the list goes on… However, I LOVE TT !!! The riders are professionals, they are skilled and brave to take part in it.. It is their dream, their passion, their life and I salute them for living their dream!
Watch this video to get the feel of the race – The Greatest Show on Earth