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Obvious question I know, but is this the most weather disrupted TT anyone can recall...or is there worse in living memory? I can’t recall one quite so chaotic (to include practice week).

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3 hours ago, On The Bus said:

Snowflakes? Says an apologist for a sport where they won't go out in the rain? 

That’s all about safety. Ask your mum to explain the principles involved 

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7 minutes ago, Uhtred said:

Obvious question I know, but is this the most weather disrupted TT anyone can recall...or is there worse in living memory? I can’t recall one quite so chaotic (to include practice week).

Guessing that it is more to do with the stricter safety measures being applied (and rightly so)

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1 hour ago, fatshaft said:

I assume I'm being nosey, but who are you? If you're a former TTer who had a big one, Milky? 

He loves a big one does 'fat shaft'.

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46 minutes ago, Neil Down said:

Guessing that it is more to do with the stricter safety measures being applied (and rightly so)

Bit of both. Anybody remember 1998 (El Nino year)? Races run in the pouring rain including the shortened 250 that Joey won. They wouldn't even start races in those conditions nowadays.

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5 hours ago, Max Power said:

Children have no choice in the matter of their parents taking part in dangerous activities. It’s more than childish and selfish to risk leaving your child alone by taking part in a dangerous activity such as racing on the Mountain Course!

I have put several in body bags and seen the aftermath first hand!

I don't race, haven't got the skills required or the 'bottle' but I have friends who race and sadly one , one of my two best mates on the island died road racing on this island.

I marshal and have attended a few "offs" sadly including a couple of fatals so I to have seen the aftermath  first hand.

I can see your argument in relation to those competitors who've got children but was impressed by Bridget Dobbs (sp?) words prior to the "last lap" made by her husband  who clearly did not share your view as did  the views of my mates family.

My dear friend had a child when he started racing  and a grandchild  when he died  , you may consider he was selfish  but the family supported his ( and their),  decision that he should race  .  

I spoke to him at length and he was fully aware of the risks and I would have considered it impertinent to have told him he was selfish .

Not looking for a row "MP" just saying:flowers:

 

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48 minutes ago, paswt said:

I don't race, haven't got the skills required or the 'bottle' but I have friends who race and sadly one , one of my two best mates on the island died road racing on this island.

I marshal and have attended a few "offs" sadly including a couple of fatals so I to have seen the aftermath  first hand.

I can see your argument in relation to those competitors who've got children but was impressed by Bridget Dobbs (sp?) words prior to the "last lap" made by her husband  who clearly did not share your view as did  the views of my mates family.

My dear friend had a child when he started racing  and a grandchild  when he died  , you may consider he was selfish  but the family supported his ( and their),  decision that he should race  .  

I spoke to him at length and he was fully aware of the risks and I would have considered it impertinent to have told him he was selfish .

Not looking for a row "MP" just saying:flowers:

 

The wife or partner certainly does know what she has let herself in for, and I know of two mates who have had their racing careers cut short because their partner couldn't bear the worry. A child doesn't really get that choice, nor may they understand the consequences of an accident. Would they rather a memory of their late dad doing what he loved or would they prefer him to be there for them growing up?

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24 minutes ago, hissingsid said:

I wish on the busses mother would put him to bed it must be well past his bedtime.

Tired of having your bullshit highlighted?

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15 minutes ago, On The Bus said:

Tired of having your bullshit highlighted?

Give it a rest Jack

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11 hours ago, gettafa said:

Let's all wrap our lives in cotton wool and do nothing we enjoy until we reach the age of 88 and play fucking bowls or something.

 

I don’t think anyone is suggesting that people should wrap themselves in cotton wool; just pointing out that when you have a family you are forced to make a choice between doing things that you enjoy that are dangerous and ensuring that you meet your responsibilities.

When our eldest was born I gave up riding a motorcycle; solo rock climbing; skydiving and downhill mountain biking; my own choice because I want to see my kids grow up and make sure they’re provided for. It would’ve been childish and selfish to do anything else. 

I still enjoy climbing (roped) and cycling and have found time for other pursuits such as sea kayaking and wild camping that my kids also enjoy because I’ve mitigated much of the risk whilst still retaining the sense of fun and adventure. 

If this poor young man was as talented as I’m lead to believe he could’ve focussed his efforts on short circuit racing where the dangers are far less than on the roads. He may have had regrets as he grew older but those are out weighed by seeing your children grow.

I always find myself conflicted about the TT; on the one hand I think it’s great that an event like it can still exist and see it as a triumph of human endeavour but I find myself increasingly disturbed when I see the bikes piling off the ferry and find myself wondering which ones will never make it home. 

I’m not sure it’s worth it anymore. 

 

 

 

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If, as a few posters on here suggest, that the TT is past its sell by date then collar your MHK’s and request that it should end. I somehow think the majority of the Island don’t want to see it finish and the MHK’s will in all likelihood agree

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Is it against the rules to run the senior race on the Thursday? Weather wise it would make sense, but I seem to recall from a previous year that contingency days are only used for catch up, not to get things done in advance, even if the forecast looks like tomorrow is it!

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29 minutes ago, Neil Down said:

If, as a few posters on here suggest, that the TT is past its sell by date then collar your MHK’s and request that it should end. I somehow think the majority of the Island don’t want to see it finish and the MHK’s will in all likelihood agree

Neil, it wont be the mhks who decide that. Not being funny. Not in their hands.

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