A typical practice day spent at the Isle of Man TT starts in the evening, as the roads close just around dinner time (the Isle of Man’s latitude means the sun sets near 10pm). One finds a good vantage point before the roads close though, which also means choosing a spot that will provide their specatating for the next fews hours, as getting around the Mountain Course is nigh impossible once the bikes get going.

Those few hours are spent watching racers scream by at triple-digit speeds, until the sessions end and the roads re-open. Grabbing a quick bite to eat, spectators typical congregate at the bars where they drink, or the home-stays they sleep, and share what they saw on the course with their mate, over drinks and food of course.

As the night comes to an end, the TV stations air their coverage of the day, which pieces together the day’s events, and adds a cohesive narrative to what was before just a single-corner vantage point. Rinse and repeat this for nearly a week, and you have an idea of why the Isle of Man TT is so special, and less of a race and more of an event.

If you’re not there right now, or haven’t been there before, you probably don’t understand what all this really means, but modern technology can get us pretty close…almost as close as William Dunlop was to Ian Hutchinson tonight, as the pair railed across the mountain section that lends its name to the Snaefell Mountain Course.

It is the sights like these, which one witnesses first-hand on the Isle, that make the TT so special. Triple-digit paces on city streets, only feet apart (and sometimes only inches), racing for every second on the clock. Enjoy!

Source: Duke via My Life at Speed

  • Dan

    WOW, fantastic footage! Scary watching the bike get twitchy every time he crosses over the paint in the middle of the road.

    The road racing fraternity are double hard.

  • AntiHero

    If you took the coke and whores out of the equation, there might just be more thrill and intoxication in 2 min. of the IOM TT than there is in an entire MotoGP weekend.

  • zipidachimp

    Q; how do they keep dogs, cats, squirrels etc. off the track? hitting a squirrel at 150+ would be deadly, and not just for the squirrel ! Also, how do you avoid hitting anything when you dive into the shadows at 150+?

  • Sunster

    Not being judgemental and stuff but William Dunlop is a lousy downshifter. He clearly couldn’t give a tosss about smoothness but hey, it works for him. He will win the Superbike and Senior at worst. If one needed to make comparisions and now would be a good a time as any I guess, He’s the MM of the road circuits. JM, well he’s the Rossi in the mix. Old, records mere mortals can only dream about and will be there and there abouts. I dont see anyone stopping Michael Dunlop but Dunlop himself.

  • Anybody who thinks that the Isle of Man TT isn’t totally crazy for absolute lunatics, is crazy.

    Imagine how much safer it would be, not to mention faster, If the island would just start collecting taxes on all the billionaires who hide their money there, so they could properly regraded and resurface the entire course where the race is run. Doubtless many lives would be saved.

    But of course we all know that in this world the rights of a select chosen entitled unaccountable few, afflicted with the disease of affluenza, to stockpile trillions in capital, stolen from the little people who work for a living, in offshore accounts and tax havens Like this one, Trumps human life every time.

    I often wonder when the 1789-like purge comes, and they stand on the dock before the guillotine, what will they say in defense of themselves.

  • Randy Skiles

    Aaron Brown, you leftie jerk, can’t you guys ever give it a break and let the rest of the world enjoy watching two guys battle at the edge of courage and skill without spewing liberal crap all over everything?? Go read some Karl Marx and keep your mouth shut, your fingers off the key board and try not to turn something exciting and interesting into P.C. Crap.

    PS: Strong letter to follow

  • Dan

    Problem with taking the existing road and regrading it though is that when you start taking bumps out of the track (ie the character) then the riders are only going to push harder.

    Road racing is what it is, the dangers have always been the same, they just appear over the brow of a hill faster these days.

    If the individual isn’t happy with the risks, the individual can sit it out.

  • mxs

    Amazing, the amount of non-sense some can post in such a short reply.

    You have to love, when someone who has no clue starts making suggestion what the island should do about their race … none of your business I say.

    People have a choice (compared to most western jurisdictions) … they can opt the watch the risky spectacle or NOT, the racers can race the dangerous course or NOT.

    It’s simple, do you get it now?

  • mxs

    Forgot to say … fabulous footage. I kept thinking, where is going to make the pass?

  • Iggy

    Aaron Brown:
    TT competitors love IOM precisely because it’s dangerous. If they wanted to race in a sanctuary, they’d be competing in WSBK or MotoGP.