ALL ABOUT THE TT!
I rode to my first TT with eight friends this year. What an experience! The differences between short circuits and road circuits are huge, and I was never short of amazement at the sheer speed the riders carried around the course. We rode the circuit six times while there, including a rather indulgent two laps before breakfast one morning. The mountain is a bit tricky for a newbie: your brain doesn’t believe you can use both sides of the road, the drop-off is pretty big, and I kept looking in my mirrors to see the fast riders lapping 50mph faster than me coming up like missiles.
One big highlight was Peter Hickman’s maiden win. We met him the day after at the Creek Inn in Peel, had a chat and a photo (below). He couldn’t have been more humble about the win, and it was hard to equate him to the superman that also delivered the first 135mph lap. He had a bike there at the pub, and we laughed about his complete absence of ‘chicken strips’. He said: “I once rode this so hard that the tyre folded over the rim and left the impression of the tyre name on the rim.” I tried to remember that at the three fast corners after the Gooseneck on my Tuono Factory, but it didn’t really happen for me!
PS: Great feature on Boothy’s adventures as a privateer at the TT. I hear him about the ‘TT Blues’.
Hicky and his hero.