ISLE OF MAN
With the 2000ft plus Snaefell Mountain as it’s centre piece, the tiny Isle of Man can be found drifting in the Irish sea, midway between Ireland and England. It is a very special place!
Not simply because it’s a tax haven, nor because it has the oldest continuously serving parliament in the world. Not even because you can go and talk out your problems with the fairies! No, the reason is that for two weeks every June it becomes a mecca for tens of thousands of ‘real road racing’ fans from around the globe as it plays host to the biggest and best motorcycle festival in the world.
37.75 miles of closed public roads that temporarily morph into the world famous Mountain Circuit. For competitors, ever since racing started there in 1907, it is without doubt, the ultimate test of rider and machine. With speeds in excess of 200mph on some parts of the course, over 200 corners & bends to contend with, and elevations ranging from sea level to 1340feet, it is for every competitor, the ultimate test of both rider and machine. Whilst for spectators, it becomes a spectacle like no other.
Since racing first started on ‘The Island’ in 1907, it has grown into a place of legend where racing heroes are born, and to this day, without rival, remains ‘The Road Race Capital of the World’
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