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How many racetracks can you just turn up at unannounced and ride around to your heart’s content? Not many, but that’s what you can do with the Isle of Man TT course.
Although on a few occasions each year the course is closed while the TT and Manx GP races take place, for the majority of the time the circuit is just like any other road – except some Manx roads don’t have a speed limit.
In truth it isn’t about going fast, it’s about riding the same piece of tarmac as the legendary racers, seeing what they see (although at a considerably lower speed) and riding around famous corners such as the Gooseneck and Ramsey Hairpin. It’s about being part of the TT’S history, and a trip to the Isle of Man is as much about soaking up the atmosphere as anything.
Without the race week crowds the hotels aren’t fully booked (so they’re cheaper), the crossings are lower in price and the roads aren’t as busy.
As well as the Manx there loads of other motoring events throughout the year, such as the Southern 100, pre- and post-tt races. See www. visitisleofman.com for info.