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Bike Life : September 6th 2011
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Kenny Blake, Hugh Anderson (a Kiwi), Bruce Anstey (another Kiwi), Peter Jones and many others have tasted victory and defeat at the TT. Melbourne local Cameron Donald is the current Aussie TT hero with two wins in recent years. The TT is also one of the last races anywhere in the world where the gloomy spectre of occupational health and safety hasn't watered down the spectacle. Many vantage spots around the course enable you to sit on a grassy bank with your feet dangling almost on the track. There are no safety fences or barriers in these places, yet the bikes thunder past just a couple of metres away, often at speeds up to 300km/h. Accommodation is best booked several months out because, even though rooms are plentiful, if you factor in the estimated 30,000 race- week visitors it can get crowded. There's also camping for the hardy. Jumping-off points for the isle are usually Liverpool and Heysham on England's west coast. But here's where it can get unpleasant: the only ferry operator with the ability to carry the huge number of bikes and people to the island charges like a wounded bull and employs rude staff. Loading and unloading can leave you stranded in a stationary queue for an hour or more and once you have boarded, the securing of bikes is so sloppy you might find your ride on its side when you return to disembark. Thanks to the often fickle weather on the Isle of Man, racing is scheduled only every second day. That gives the organisers a lay day to catch up with the program if the races are interrupted by rain or fog. The other side of that coin is that you have every second day to go exploring. The Manx Museum in the capital, Douglas, is well worth a look and there's everything else from Viking graves to the Great Laxey Wheel -- a 22-metre- diameter, 150kW waterwheel built in 1854 to pump water out of what was one of the richest zinc, copper, silver and lead mines in Europe. There's also the chance to simply sit outside a typical Isle of Man pub with a pint of the local brew and take in the scenery and architecture. Elsewhere, there's spectacular coastline and plenty of walking trails. On a clear day, you can see Scotland. Racing a motorbike on the Isle of Man is irrefutably dangerous. Fatalities are anything but uncommon and hundreds of riders have not returned from the races. But, statistically, just as perilous is riding a motorcycle around as a tourist. Again, deaths are quite common, as the island has no open-road speed limits. And since the circuit is a normal, public road when there's no racing scheduled, you can imagine what can happen. The first day of race week is known as Mad Sunday and this is easily the most dangerous day to be on the road, particularly the mountain section of the race circuit. It's the day tourists seem to feel obliged to ride as fast as possible across the stunning Snaefell Mountain Road. Any time the course is open to traffic, you need to be on your toes. Ride too slowly and you'll be run over. Always watch your mirrors and, where possible, stay to the left to let the boy racers past. That said, the ride over the mountain section is both stunning and exhilarating in equal measures. The best idea is to get up early on a dry morning and have your fun before the idiots are out of their sleeping bags. The life and death -- some would say gladiatorial -- aspect of the experience is enough to put some people off. But in a world where unbidden authorities are increasingly saving us from ourselves, the notion of being able to make one's own decisions on how quickly one travels and taking responsibility for those decisions is a mighty refreshing change. And the racing? The best you'll ever see. ONLY WAY TO GO THE best way to travel totheIsleofManisby motor bike. This involves money changing hands but depending on how crafty you are, you can minimise the size of this transaction. Theeasiestwayisto hire a bike but this is expensive and some hirers don't like the idea of you taking their machine to the TT races. You can also buy a bike for the duration, either through a bike shop that can be persuaded to buy it back later or through online auction sites. This has proven to be very cost effective and if you buy a cheapie, it doesn't really matter if things go wrong and you are forced to shovel the remains into a hole and catch the next flight home. If you do buy a bike there, you'll need a British address for insurance. Take all your wet- weather gear and be aware, some airlines don't allow bike helmets as hand luggage.
May 28th 2011