TT Isle of Man: Competitive and Deadly motorbike road racing!
Whether you’re an experienced biker or a total newcomer, the Isle of Man TT offers a thrilling way to experience one of the world’s great sporting events and it takes place in the British Isles. It’s a furiously competitive sport which challenges some of the most advanced bike mechanics and riders out there.
The TT races are extremely dangerous because riders achieve high speeds on very narrow, twisting streets, roads and lanes flanked by stone walls and buildings. Between 1907 and 2014 there have been 245 rider competitor fatalities during official practices or races on the Snaefell Mountain Course. The worst year for fatalities was 1970 when six riders lost their lives at the TT. Another racer died at the Manx Grand Prix later in the same year.
Despite its rich history (founded in 1904), due to the ongoing dangers and safety concerns, annual doubts are raised over the future of the TT. On “Mad Sunday” any member of the public can ride the mountain section of the course, which is open one way from Ramsey to Douglas. In 2012 there were just four accidents on the open day – while in previous years there had been dozens.