Experience the Historic Isle of Man TT Races
The Isle of Man TT Races may be the most famous motorcycle event you've never heard of. Held on The Isle of Man (in the Irish Sea between Ireland and England) this single event draws racers and spectators from around the world. It is truly unique in that the 37-plus mile Mountain Course is considered one of the most challenging tracks in the world. From the start, the track seems to be a never-ending series of stone walls, telegraph poles, jumps, bends, bumps, and manhole covers. Extreme concentration and endurance is an absolute necessity for any racer wanting to compete, let alone win, this one-of-a-kind race.
The race has a unique and colorful history dating back to 1903 when road racing was made illegal by an Act of parliament which set a 20mph speed limit on all roads. With Isle of Man enjoying a self-governing system, officials were approached by The Secretary of the Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland, Sir Julian Orde. Together they were able to pass a law that gave permission for a 52.15 mile highlands course to be used for racing.
Between the rugged terrain, natural beauty, and unique culture, it's no wonder why so many people make the annual trek to the Isle of Man TT every May and June. The event is such a spectacle that it even includes a parade preceding the races every year. Of course, no racing event would be complete without record holders. Take Joey Dunlop for instance. This intrepid racer has won 26 times, competing between 1977 and 2000. Michael Dunlop holds the lap record of 16 minutes 53.929 seconds.
There are currently 7 race classes: Superbike TT, Supersport TT, Superstock TT, Lightweight TT, Sidecar TT, Senior TT, and TT Zero, each with their own interesting mix of racing bikes and riders. Winning any of these races is a true accomplishment of the riders and the racing teams. If you haven't had the chance to watch these races first-hand, you'll definitely want to add it to your bucket list. The Isle of Man TT official site includes details on booking a trip, including accommodations.