The Famous TT Races
History of the TT
The TT Festival is held every year at the end of May for two weeks of high intensity motorbike racing on closed public roads. For more than 100 years world famous riders have raced the challenging 37¾ mountain course for the chance of a TT win.
Travelling at speeds of up to 200mph the races are not without risk as the riders challenge each other in their quest for the prestigious Tourist Trophies.
Top Tips for TT-ing like a local
The majority of people on the Isle of Man love the TT races and embrace the atmosphere when over 40,000 visitors come to the Island. There are, however, a few things to get used to, so here are some insider tips to adjust to life on the fast side of the track.
It's a local tradition to head to Douglas promenade during the TT Festival to enjoy the fairground rides, beer tents and lavish entertainment for the visiting motorbike fans. Every year you will find new and exciting activities such as top stunt riders as well as the excitement, sound, light and buzz of the TT funfair.
Local schools close during the week the TT races are held. This holiday differs from the UK's summer term break and, as a result, examination boards will schedule GCSE and A Level exams for both practice and race weeks, when most UK schools are open. The Isle of Man school authorities are a dab hand at dealing with logistics around the road closures so there is usually little disruption.
Depending on where you live on the Island you may be affected by the road closures that take place on the TT course. There are houses on the Island that you can't reach when the racing is on so make sure to bear this in mind when choosing your property if this would be a problem to you. There is an 'access road' in operation during the race times which can get very busy, though organisers do tend to schedule the races to avoid the morning and evening rush hours and many Manx residents either take time off to enjoy the racing or go on holiday.
Senior Race Day
The Friday of race week (Senior Race Day) is a Bank Holiday on the Isle of Man meaning all the locals head to the TT course to enjoy the last day of the races and a well-deserved pint or alternatively stay at home and throw a barbecue!