Monday, 30 May 2011

Guy Martin - Boater and TT bike racer.

Its that time of the year again, a time for pilgrimage to the Isle of Man for the TT. Whilst I know that it is supposed to be a blog about boating. There is one tenuous link. Guy Martin - him of the TV and the series "The Boat That Guy Built". Some might argue that it had very little to do with boating. But each to their own. Guy has been described as  a road racer, truck fitter, engine builder, downhill mountain biker, tea junkie. And well known for his droll sense of humour with comments like - Did you know it’s twenty five years since the Chernobyl disaster? Has anyone ever been? Place to go before you die I’d say.

So why draw attention to the TT, well now there is chance to see Guy in his element. He is taking part in the event and there is coverage on BBC 4 starting on Thursday. The IoM TT is a spectacle in its own right. You have seen Moto GP on TV run over various short circuit race tracks. The TT is run over normal roads. Whilst most race tracks are between two and three miles. The IoM TT mountain course is run over a lap exceeding 37 miles. The race lengths vary between three and five laps.

There is nothing on Earth quite like the Isle of Man TT Races. No other motorcycle race is held on such a challenging track as the Mountain Course with its seemingly never-ending series of bends, bumps, jumps, hump back bridges, stone walls, manhole covers and telegraph poles.

Starting today - May 30 to June 10. This year marks the Centenary of the Mountain course, another milestone for this historic event. The skill, bravery and concentration levels required are immense, with speeds approaching 200mph and average speeds over 130mph. The course is difficult to learn and even harder to come first, the rewards for winning on the world famous course are like no other.

Fans around the world will be able to enjoy the action and atmosphere of the 2011 Isle of Man TT on television. ITV4 has an exciting schedule bursting with documentaries, special features and extensive race coverage which will keep viewers glued to the screen throughout the fortnight.

The team of Craig Doyle, Steve Parrish and James Whitham are back to front ITV4’s coverage, plus 2009 TT champion and two-time race winner Steve Plater is joining the coverage this year. Programmes start at 9pm each evening. You can follow the coverage on ITV4 by viewing Freeview channel 28, cable channel 117 and Sky channel 120.

ITV4 Schedule

Monday, May 30 - Hutchy’s Historic TT Year. A look back at Ian Hutchinson's phenomenal clean sweep of race wins in 2010.

Tuesday, May 31 - Murray Walker’s TT Memories. Legendary motorsport commentator Murray Walker takes us all the way back to his first ever visit to the races to watch his father in the 1930s. Eighty years on, Murray will be back to see another Isle of Man TT. He'll show you a uniquely personal insight into the history of the famous races.

Wednesday, June 1 - Isle of Man TT: An Insider’s Guide. Featuring news and stories from the top teams and riders, bringing you the inside track on all matters TT.

Thursday, June 2 - TT 2011 Preview Show

Friday, June 3 - TT 2011 Practice Show

Saturday, June 4 – Dainese Superbike Race

Sunday, June 5 – Sure Sidecar Race 1

Monday, June 6 – Monster Energy Supersport Race 1

Tuesday, June 7 – Royal London 360 Superstock Race

Wednesday, June 8 – Monster Energy Supersport Race 2

Thursday, June 9 – Sure Sidecar Race 2

Friday, June 10 – PokerStars Senior Race

Sunday, June 12 - Highlights Programme 1 and Highlights Programme 2

Good luck to Guy Martin, a boater biker extraordinaire.


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