The Isle Of Man TT is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious motorcycle races on the planet, and perhaps the most dangerous. Since the race started in 1907, more than 240 riders have been killed. That’s less surprising when you know riders average 130 mph on an exceedingly narrow 3.75 mile course with 250 corners. It’s not an actual track, but an assortment of public roads with hedgerows, stone walls, and even houses just feet from the tarmac, ready to punish anyone who goes astray.
So who actually signs up for this madness, and why? That’s the subject of IOM TT, a 20-minute film that intersperses gorgeous views of motorcyclists tearing through the stunning scenery with interviews of competitors who attempt to explain why they keep coming back.
They speak with reverence about the difficulty of the course, the threat it poses and the challenge it presents. But for most, it comes down to the fact that this is where you find the toughest racing. “This is the daddy circuit,” says John McGuinness, who has 23 wins at Man. Why go anywhere else?