Sportsnet Holidays is proud to be an Official Partner of the Isle of Man TT
It goes without saying that the Isle of Man TT is a truly incredible event – particularly in this day and age of heightened safety concerns in every sport, especially of the motor variety. There are few other events in the world that allow spectators to risk their lives in the pursuit of glory, and even fewer that allow likeminded spectators to get so close to that journey.
The fact that there is relatively little prize money on offer only serves to make the event more special in some ways, as riders are competing almost exclusively for just the glory and prestige of winning. The first time you experience a Superbike class machine scream past you – only 2 or 3 metres away – going almost 300km/h is something that, without meaning to sound too clichéd, you will never forget!
We could wax lyrical about how great the Isle of Man TT is for paragraphs upon paragraphs, however we thought we’d leave it someone that has a greater understanding of the event than just about anyone – two-time race winner and 10-time competitor, Australian TT legend and all-round great bloke, Cameron Donald:
“When you arrive at the Isle of Man and you step off the boat, you know you’re at the hallowed ground of motorcycle racing. It’s the Mecca of motorcycle racing, it’s the Isle of Man. It’s the oldest motorcycle race in the world; it’s the longest course in the world; it’s the longest street circuit in the world and it’s the most dangerous motorcycle race in the world.
To begin with, you start by heading down Bray Hill – the steepest downhill section of any motorcycle race in the world – straight into a dip that you hit flat out in top gear when you get it right and you don’t have to roll the throttle. Follow that up over Ago’s Leap, straight into a jump that where you’re likely to have the front wheel near vertical in the air as you get airborne. That’s all within the first five hundred metres! You’ll pass thirty-odd pubs in a lap of the circuit, which are all brilliant spectating points. What other track in the world can you stand in a beer garden, literally less than one metre from the circuit? If you wanted to, you could reach out and touch the bikes going past. As a rider it’s brilliant when you’re riding past and you can literally look into the eyes of the spectators standing there waving their programme, drinking a pint! Sometimes you wish you were joining them when things aren’t going so well with the bike on the track!
When you go over the humpback bridge at Ballaugh and you jump a metre to a metre and a half off the ground; it’s just incredible what you’re putting your body and your bike through. A couple of miles down the road from Ballaugh is the fastest jump on the circuit which, when you’re doing a lap in the car, wouldn’t feel like much more than a small bump. You hit that bump on a Superbike in fifth gear doing 150-160+ mph, you’ll go fifty or sixty metres down the road before you touch back down on the ground.
It’s unbelievable! It’s things like that when people tell you, it’s hard to believe until you get over there and see it for yourself; until you get over there and sit on the hedge and watch it with your own eyes. And thats the great thing the TT, you can do that. I mean, we love going to Grand Prix’s as motorcycle spectators. I know I do. I love going to my Grand Prix at Phillip Island and to some of the other Grand Prix’s I’ve been to around the world. But there’s always that gap between the circuit and yourself. There’s a ripple strip, there’s a run-off area, there’s grass, there’s a fence. Not at the TT. You can stand there in someone’s front yard, you can stand on the footpath and there’s nothing but a bit of rope bunting between you and the riders going past at… well, we’re nudging 200 mph, so what’s that, about 325kph. In a race, we complete six 67km laps, averaging over 200kph where some of the corners are dead-stop hairpins and you get down to first gear. Our lowest speed is probably about 50km/h and it feels like you could jump off and walk faster at the time! So to be able to go through corners that slow and still average 200kph gives you an idea of just how quick the average section of the course is. It’s incredible! It’s so fast, so exciting! But it’s always a buzz to sit on the hedge with the spectators and talk to fans that tell you that they’ve sat at this same spot for the past 10-20 years sometimes. They’ll give you a tip that this is a different spot to watch, or this other place is great to go for a feed and a pint.
You don’t find that in any other motorcycle race in the world.”
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• 9 Night Escorted Tour from $7,995*
COACH TOUR OF THE TT COURSE*
Kick of your TT trip with a lap of your own! ˜ On the first day of the tour you’ll experience every metre of the 37.73 miles Snaefell Mountain Course with a former or current TT rider talking you through every corner and undulation. Previous guests on the coach have included two-time TT winner, Cameron Donald, and fastest ever Australian around the course, David ‘Davo’ Johnson.
EVENING PRACTICE FROM THE OFFICIAL VIP SUITE*
The Official VIP Suite is located within the paddock area, so you’re able to come and go from the Suite as you please to soak in the electric atmosphere as teams and riders do their final shakedown before Race Day 1. Included with your pass to the Official VIP Suite is entry to the TT Main Grandstand located above the pits, so you’ll be able to see some of the hardest and fastest launches you’re ever likely to see! Within the VIP Suite itself you’ll be able to help yourself to a delicious two-course buffet dinner.
RIDERS PANEL DINNER FUNCTION*
Another exclusive for Sportsnet Holidays travellers, the Sportsnet Riders Panel Dinner is possibly the highlight of the entire tour. Hosted by Cameron Donald, the Dinner is your chance to rub shoulders with some of the fastest and bravest racers in the world and ask them the questions you’ve always wondered about. The Dinner is also a great opportunity for you to grab some signatures and a few snaps as well. The evening includes a two course buffet dinner and drinks (including spirits) throughout. Previous guests have included John McGuinness, Ian Hutchinson, Bruce Anstey and James Hillier amongst others.
A DAY AT CREG-NY-BAA*
Perhaps the most iconic pub on The Isle, the Creg-Ny-Baa is certainly the one with the best view of the action! Situated on a sharp right corner of the same name, the balcony of ‘The Creg’ overlooks the corner and allows you to see the riders hurtling down the mountain at 300+ km/h before braking heavily to get down to 2nd gear for the sharp right-hander. The best thing about ‘The Creg’, Sportsnet clients have exclusive accessº to the upstairs bar and balcony for the entire day. Drinks are provided for the entire day and the catering is bloody amazing!
Held on the evening of Race Day 4 and your last night on The Isle (unless you’ve extended your stay of course!), as it’s name suggests the Farewell Drinks is your chance to say goodbye to your fellow Sportsnet travellers and discuss the last week-and-a-bit of racing. In fact, in the past we’ve had a few riders make appearances, so there’s even a chance you’ll get a debrief from a rider’s perspective! Naturally, drinks and nibbles are supplied throughout the night!
* 9 Night Tour & 9 Night ‘Platinum’ Tour Clients Only. ˆ 9 Night Tour &’Race Break 2′ clients only ˜ Weather permitting º 9 Night Tour clients only.
Isle of Man TT 2019 – Event Overview
|Official Event Name:||Isle of Man TT 2019: Fuelled by Monster Energy|
|Event Start Date:||25 May 2019|
|Event End Date:||7 June 2019|
|Event Official Website:||www.iomtt.com|
|Event Category:||Road Racing|
|Performers:||To Be Announced|
|Event Location:||Snaefell Mountain Course|
|Event Address:||Isle of Man|
|Packages in range:||5|
|Packages prices from:||$2,349*|
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