On the last day of racing at the Isle of Man TT, Nick and I chose a choice spot at Bradden Bridge – a tight left-to-right s-bend. Weather caused more delays – hours of delays actually. (Thankfully, I had a book. There was also a church with an unbelievably old cemetery next to it that we spent some time exploring. And we spent a lot of time chatting with people we’d met over the last few days.)
Things finally started rolling in mid-afternoon with the Milestones of the Mountain parade lap. The organizers had invited winners of the TT to ride a lap on their winning bike to celebrate 100 years of the mountain course. The oldest bike dated back to 1913. They started it up and broadcast its throaty rumble over the loudspeaker, but alas, it did not make a lap of the course. What followed though, was a constant flow of world class riders (and children of deceased riders) and some darn cool bikes. I’ll never forget Giacomo Agostini blazing by at race speed, taking the opportunity to push himself and his retro MV500 to the limit. Others took it slow, waving at the crowds.
Then the Subaru lap followed. For reference, the average speed for a superbike going around the course is about 130 mph. The average speed for the car was slightly less – 115 mph. Here’s what that looks like. Watch through to the end, where the driver talks you through the car cutting loose at 150 mph. Hairy!
Then, just when we thought we’d never get see the main event, the Senior TT race started. Fast, loud, and awesome are about all the words I have to describe these riders. We were so close we could hear the knee pucks dragging on the ground. It was worth every minute of waiting!
They went fast, so fast that most of our pictures were blurry. A few turned out though:
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This quick video gives you a bit of an idea of just how great these guys can ride: