Isle Of Man Onboard

Submitted by: piperfawn 3 years ago in Sports

Idiot or brave?
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Male 675
@Nickel2
How many skiiers are there in Europe every year?
How many TT competitors?
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Female 2,415
Why not both?
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Male 5,874
As a matter of interest to the `moaners about death and danger`. When I was last on the Island, there were more people killed in skiing accidents in Europe in one year, than competitors killed racing in all of the TT races since they began.
Skiing:
Idiot or Brave?
Adrenaline rush!
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Male 5,874
1983-1987. (ahem)
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Male 5,874
I did the IOM TT in 1984-1987 as a spectator; 3 yrs on an XS850, 2yrs on an FJ1200. It is an absolute hoot, a buzz, and a celebration of life as an adrenaline-junkie. The racing, beer, nightlife, etc make it something that has to be done.
Do not expect any level of sophistication, except by the competitors. The `competition` is a time trial: The riders set off at regular intervals, and race against the clock to try to beat previous records and be better than the next man/woman.
One of the best things about the riders is that there are few Prima-donnas; they stay in your hotel/guest-house/B&B, eat breakfast with you in the morning and drink beer with you after the racing is over.
Brave? No.
Idiot? No.
Adrenaline junkie? Yes.
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Male 13,624
Love the TT races its on my bucket list to go see
One of the last mad bad genuine races left in the world which is legit
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Male 1,803
It`s the TT race, and right then I think you were watching (most of the time) the arse of Michael Dunlop who this year had almost a total clean sweep of the races (he missed out on the big one). Asked why they do it, they said it`s because of the buzz. It`s a bit like some military people I know who say you don`t really know what it`s like to feel alive until you`re being shot at.

Sadly with the TT though it does remain highly dangerous and people do get killed; this year a Japanese rider was killed when he came off his bike at something like 130mph.

These people aren`t idiots, they`re professional motorbike racers, with most of the top people belonging to professional race teams that are fully kitted out and spend $000,000`s a year.

Now if you want to see crazy, try watching the side cars do it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPwRskMuaEc<
Male 15,832
[quote]Idiot or brave?[/quote]
I`m going with idiot here.
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Male 14,827
It`s good that there are still racing venues where people are free to defy likely death to compete. It`s bad that anyone actually shows up to compete or watch.
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Male 14,332
They close the roads yes but what happens when a bike doing almost 200 hits some ones house?
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Male 5,080
Also if the road is closed every year someone die. Hmm it seems me a little bit idiotic.
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Male 904
I`d say doing stuff like that during closed-road races is both brave and very courteous. The idiots are the ones who do it on public roads.
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Female 6,381
TT races?
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Male 14,332
Stupid impressive but very stupid possible death for a trophy.
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Male 37,732
It`s a closed road: they`re in a race!

Pretty brave. Going fast on 2 wheels is always dangerous.
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Male 2,436
No, just a little bit of crazy though...

Doesn`t somebody die every year doing this event?
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Male 1,182
why would they be idiots?
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Male 338
These guys know every turn, curve, bump and dip. Stupidity doesn`t come into it.
Stupid doesn`t get to go that fast.
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Male 267
Brave riders doing what they love. Best bike race on the planet
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Male 5,080
Link: Isle Of Man Onboard [Rate Link] - Idiot or brave?
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