It’s been a while since I did not publish, a lot of changes in 2015 have made my passion for motorbike to be put aside…
But a big event in 2016 will make up for all that! After several years of hesitation, I finally motivated myself to go to the 2016 IOM TT (Isle Of Man Tourist Trophy 2016) !
I will take advantage of the preparation of this event / trip to regularly publish articles to share my experience, and who knows, maybe it will motivate you to join me on the spot !
For those who do not yet know the Tourist Trophy, this is it :
A bit of history/geography : “The Isle of Man, Isle of Man in English, Ellan Vannin, Mann or Mannin in Manx, Insula Mona in Latin, is a territory formed of a main island and a few islets located in Irish Sea, in the center of the British Isles. The Isle of Man forms a dependency of the British Crown, i.e. the island belongs neither to the United Kingdom nor to the European Union but directly under the property of the British sovereign, currently Queen Elizabeth II, who acts as “lord of Man.” This status does not make it an independent recognized state, but the island has wide political autonomy and economic.
The Isle of Man is a Celtic land since protohistory, then becomes a Viking kingdom in the Middle Ages, subject to Anglo-Saxon influence. The Scandinavian rulers founded a political system based on the principle of “free citizens” and organized around the Tynwald which would be the oldest functioning parliament in the world.
The Isle of Man is today one of the six Celtic nations (with Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany, Scotland and Wales) recognized by the Celtic Congress and the Celtic League.
The inhabitants of the Isle of Man are Manx.”
Source : Wikipedia
And information on the Tourist Trophy : Wikipedia
Passing quickly on the details of this race, I will rather detail you the preparation of my trip.
The 2016 IOM TT event will take place from May 28th to June 10th, 2016. Test week from Saturday May 28th to Friday June 3rd 2016 (Tests every day except Sunday), then races June 4th, 6th, 8th and 10th 2016.
I will be present from May 30 to June 6, 2016. My program for the moment:
- May 28, 2016 :
- Departure from Geneva in the morning
- Arrival in Calais at night, overnight at the hotel
- May 29, 2016
- Crossing the Channel via Eurotunnel (Calais – Folkestone) : Price = about € 100 return
- Crossing England, Liverpool goal in the evening
- May 30, 2016
- Liverpool tour
- 20:30: Crossing Liverpool -> Isle Of Man : Price = 340 € return
- 23:15: Arrival on the island
- May 30 -> June 6
- Stay at Ballacottier Campsite : Price = £ 6 per night and per person, shower £ 1
- June 6, 2016
- 15:00: Crossing Isle Of Man -> Liverpool
- 17:45: Arrival in Liverpool
- Journey until night falls
- Night at the hotel (Location to be defined)
- June 7, 2016
- Crossing England
- Crossing the Channel via Eurotunnel (Folkestone – Calais)
- June 8-9, 2016
- Crossing France !
To see if we keep up the pace…
Some useful links :
Ferry Booking for the Isle of Man (Only one company operates) : Steam-Packet
Eurotunnel Booking: Eurotunnel
List of campsites on the Isle of Man (Booking by email/mail) : Isle Of Man Campsites
Feel free to write to me if you have questions about the organization/booking, I will be happy to help you.