TT joy for bike fan Rob

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A MO­TOR­BIKE fa­natic who got his first ma­chine aged just 13 has lived his dream and won at the Isle of Man TT Races.

Rob Mitchel-Hill, 49, from Rainow, has re­turned victorious from the mo­tor­cy­cle races which are con­sid­ered some of the most pres­ti­gious in the world.

He set a new record against hun­dreds of com­peti­tors in the Pre-TT Clas­sic road races which act as the cur­tain raiser for the Bil­lown moun­tain cir­cuit and fea­ture clas­sic bikes made be­fore 1992.

It was a dream come true for the plumb­ing and heat­ing en­gi­neer and dad of two who got his first bike aged 13 and has honed his rid­ing over the years on the roads of Mac­cles­field.

And the petrol-head never grew tired of his bike, get­ting in­volved in en­durance rac­ing across the coun­try on 50cc bikes with his Mac­cles­field friends as part of Team Groggy. It was at the Isle of Man races in 1999 that Rob de­cided to re­turn one day and com­pete.

Rob is a grandad of three who is mar­ried to Elaine, 49.

He said: “I love the Bil­lown cir­cuit and the Pre-TT meet­ing in par­tic­u­lar. The ca­ma­raderie is sec­ond to none and it runs like clock­work. It was fan­tas­tic to see Castle­town main square buzzing for the pre­sen­ta­tion giv­ing. I can’t wait to be back at the Bil­lown again. I al­ways wished that I’d raced when I was younger but I had fam­ily com­mit­ments and just didn’t have the time or the money. I thought the time had passed me by un­til in a mo­ment of clar­ity while watch­ing the TT on the Isle of Man over 10 years ago I de­cided that I’d do ev­ery­thing in my power to make it a real­ity and to live my dream. It’s taken time, fo­cus, ded­i­ca­tion, money, re­sources and the love and sup­port of my wife and fam­ily to make it hap­pen.

“I ab­so­lutely love road rac­ing. I live more in those short mo­ments than some peo­ple live in a life time. Time is sus­pended. It’s me, my bike and the road. There noth­ing else, no time for any other thoughts. Noth­ing other than my next marker in my vi­sion.”

Elaine, Rob’s wife said she is proud of her hus­band.

She said: “He’d be the first to say that he’s no spring chicken and no rac­ing snake, but I ab­so­lutely love the fact he’s fo­cused on be­ing the very best he can be. This win means a great deal to him.”

Rob is look­ing for spon­sor­ship and asks peo­ple to call him on 07973 336271.

●● Rob set a new lap record dur­ing his win

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