SO THAT WAS THE TT…
MCN’S man Adam Child was on the ground living the dream as a fan at this year’s TT – when he wasn’t racing in the Zero!
The 2017 TT once again delivered epic racing, high speed drama and excitement like no other race meeting on the planet. It will also be remembered for its poor weather that caused havoc to the race schedules throughout both practice and race week. MCN’S Adam Child was on the ground lapping up the atmosphere and his travels took him from the luxury of paddock hospitality to the hardcore fans toughing it out in the waterlogged campsites, not forgetting a compulsory visit to the paddock beer tent.
Having a brew with John Despite John Mcguinness being unable to race at this year’s TT due to the serious injuries sustained at the North West, he just couldn’t stay away. The Honda man was gutted not to be racing but he was up and about, having a laugh as always and continued to be a major draw wherever he went in the paddock.
Ride a quiet road Everyone laps the TT course but it’s usually packed and you’ll be lucky to get a clean run over the mountain. But there are plenty of alternatives, I like to head down south, down to Casteltown or the run from Port Erin to Peel. The whole island is bike friendly and some of the best roads are actually away from the TT course.
Paddock The TT paddock never sleeps. You can hear spanners being wielded pretty much 24/7 during the two weeks of the TT as teams rebuild and fettle bikes in a bid to ready for that next session .
Start line intensity Watching riders form up and then head off from the start line is an amazing experience with the riders donning a gladiatorial status. At MCN, I’ve been lucky enough to have walked onto the grid in Motogp, WSB and BSB, but nothing compares to the tension on the TT grid.
Wet campers More like Glastonbury than the TT. We visited the campsite at the Rugby field near Quaterbridge and it revealed the dedication of some TT fans.