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Digital Subscriptions > Fast Bikes > Issue 329 > WANNA BE A TT RACER?


Ever fancied a crack at the TT? You better read on then…

It was that interminable question thrown to every school leaver in my class: ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ I’m not going to pretend I can remember what myself or anyone else retorted, but among all the obligatory vocations of doctors, footballers, hairdressers and porn stars – there was always one – I know with certainty no one stood tall and said they wanted to be a TT racer. It’s not that none of us had ever heard of the world’s greatest road race, but it was considered the reserve of others: an unachievable feat on a par with becoming an astronaut or banging Keira Knightley down the local park.

But in someone else’s school there was a child a little looser than the norm, who probably had scabbed knees, countless scars and had all the chicks stood around their batteredlooking moped. They knew what they wanted to do when they grew up, and it had naff all to do with classrooms or curriculums – that kid wanted to race the TT.

I grew up in the BSB paddock, scrapping against the likes of Hillier, Martin, Hegarty and Johnstone. Nowadays they’re all TT stars, but there was a time when the prospect of setting off flat-chat down Bray Hill was as unfamiliar to them as being chased by women is to me. But out of frustration, financial constraint or the pure boredom of riding the same tracks on the same bikes year-after-year, the likes of those guys left the BSB flock in search of a heightened racing experience.

That craving to know what it’s like to brush against drystone walls and leap huge distances is present in a lot of us, but owning a conventionally sized pair of gonads has proven sufficiently restricting in my willingness to even pretend I’d have what it takes to take on the TT. But the question’s often crossed my mind – what would it take to become a TT racer?

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Welcome to the Summer 2017 issue. This month, a digital exclusive... Watch 10 videos from our massive Sportsbike of the year feature. 8 of the best but only 1 winner! Plus, Honda CBR600RR Buyer's guide, BMW HP4 race, Ponies for pennies, Wanna race the TT? Know your suspension, The two-stroke comeback, best used bike investments. Fast Bikes is home to the best sportsbike tests on the planet and is packed with new bike launches, technical insight, hardcore action, masterclasses, racing, reviews and loads more.