There’s a really nice piece in the Telegraph about the Isle of Man TT Races and specifically the dangers that the riders face when doing 200mph + through the villages. The comments of regular rider (and winner) John McGuinness are particularly good:
No one is pointing a gun at your head. Everyone knows the risks and they are happy to race on that basis.
Two more deaths this year have focused more attention on safety at the races, but as Tom Cary reiterates:
As long as the riders are not endangering anyone else – and there have been deaths to spectators and officials down the years, of course – then who is to say they cannot put their bodies on the line on closed roads?
Anyway, it’s worth a read, and the film it is loosely promoting – Road – looks interesting, too.