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!

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - By Adam Child SE­NIOR ROAD TESTER

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.

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