posted on May, 29 2011 @ 08:26 AM
Well, it's that time of the year again. Tomorrow the practice sessions begin in what is considered one of the most dangerous race meetings in the
World, the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races.
Run on closed public roads over a 37.73 mile circuit that takes competitors through towns and villages, rural farmland and even over a mountain,
speeds can reach 200mph.
Every year, the best motorcycle road racers from Britain, Ireland and multiple countries worldwide congregate on this small island in the Irish sea to
pit themselves against each other in the ultimate test of courage, determination and sheer bravery.
Thousands of fans also gather for what has become an annual pilgrimage for many.
This year, the famous Snaefell Mountain Course is celebrating its 100th year of racing. The race starts in the island capital Douglas before heading
to the west and north, through Kirkmichael and Ramsey before returning to Douglas. On each lap, competitors have to negotiate over 200 corners as the
course goes from sea-level to an altitude of over 1,300ft.
To date, since racing on the Isle of Man began in 1907 over 230 people have lost their lives.
The reason I believe this to be the greatest sporting event in the World is that it is one of the few sports left that has not been completely
sanitised by health & safety regulations. The men and women that take part each year are well aware that every time they get on the bike they may not
be coming back.
As someone who has attended this event for the last 6 years, I am aware of the dangerous nature of it and I have seen many nasty sights while there,
but while the last thing I want to see is anyone getting hurt or killed, I know that given the nature of the sport it will inevitably happen.
So, what do you think is the greatest sporting event?