Saturday raceday a day we had waited for with excitement for months. Several hours and chats on forums on where to watch from ended with us making the decision to head to Ballaugh Bridge for the Sidecar TT race 1 and solo practice. The proposed Superbike Race 1 TT had been postponed due to lack of practice and rescheduled for the following day. Callum and I regularly marshal at Gorse Lea for both TT and Manx GP but the Saturday race day is always our day off.
My buddy Walter and his wee man Joshua (first TT visit) had arrived overnight from Larne and set up camp in Peel. They then headed to Ballaugh Bridge to act like Germans and throw towels over a good spot on the wall next to The Raven. Callum and I travelled out to Ballaugh by bus and arrived in good time for a full English breakfast and a strong brew. We chatted with a lovely couple from the Murray River in Australia on the bus and pointed them to the bus stop in Kirk Michael. We have an open invitation to visit them :0.
The first session was for superbike practice. We were living the dream. We heard the commentary from Manx Radio TT and knew machines were on there way. This is what we were here for. The first bike whooooooshed past inches in front of us and all the fans smiled in union. Then the next, even closer. Closer to the wall. Absolute class and this was only practice. It took us a little while to get to recognize riders using numbers that were not used too but that didn’t take us long. Time for a cold one….yes Okells would be fine. Mmmmmm. Maybe even 2.
The sidecar TT race one was up next. Completely nuts! So enjoyed these guys and girls throwing their machines through the village. We were especially happy to catch our first racing glimpse of Karl and Lee (Bennett Racing) sporting super cool Arai helmets designed by Simon Young. Someone will get me a nice photo of the lids I hope.
For the final practice sessions we moved through The Raven to get a view of the bridge. This is such an iconic place to watch and I am so glad we did. The jumps were spectacular.
After the sessions were completed we jumped in the van and decided to head back towards Douglas on the Glen Road. Nightmare. We twisted and turned down the narrow lane all the way up to the Brandywell. The views were terrific. The mountain road was still closed and we could see guys putting the hundreds of cones out at The Bungalow. Our internet was useless up there so we had no idea how long the wait could be. We decided to retrace our steps a bit and made our way into Douglas via Baldwin. Once we got back to Clooks house we got the Fazer out of the van ready for me and Callum to have fun. One of the best days ever