Friday, June 13, 2014

I don't know as I'd race it, but

to ride it on that day?  Damn.
If you just want to run the course, you can partake in "Mad Sunday," a day each year during TT where spectators can run the mountain course on their own motorcycles, brought over by ferry from the English mainland. But while no speed limit is enforced on Isle of Man, Mad Sunday is still more of a motorcycle tour of the course than an actual race.
And, despite the nanny-state that is Britain,
It's actually surprisingly easy to do, if you can get yourself and your bike all the way to the British Isles, of course. But not during the TT race – that's the major league of Isle of Man racing. Amateurs can instead race in the Manx Grand Prix, a separate race held in August/September that caters to novice racers, privateers, and IOM TT hopefuls.

When you get there, you can race in the Newcomers class, designated especially for racers with no previous experience on the Isle’s Mountain Circuit. The only limitations are a maximum displacement of 600cc on your machine, and that you wear a red jersey designating you as a newcomer during practice sessions. Reach a qualifying time during the Newcomer’s race, and you’re immediately qualified to move up to higher race classes.
Damn, damn, damn.

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