Isle of Man TT course, cycling.

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by gavroche, 13 Mar 2019.

  1. gavroche

    gavroche Getting old but not past it

    North Wales
    Ferry booked from Liverpool and Hotel booked for 2 nights. Doing the TT course on March 11th with a few others. I believe some gradients on the Snaefell Mountain are 14%. Not sure how my old legs will cope with that. Will take my Cube Peloton for that as the granny gear is 30x32.
    Meanwhile, our wives will sample the delights of Douglas until our returns.
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  2. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    Take your time on it - some parts are exposed but you should be fine.
  3. Ffoeg

    Ffoeg .

    The Isle of Carl
    It's not that bad. I did it clockwise from the start/finish line in Douglas ands it is a really good ride with plenty of good views and interests along the way. Although its on single carriageway main roads the locals must be very used to cycle traffic and everyone was patient and gave good room when passing.

    Whilst leaving Snaefell till last may seem a tad daft, you benefit from the effortless 7 mile downhill all the way back to Douglas.... stopping for a swift celebratory pint in the Creg-Ny-Baa on the way down.

    The steepest bit is the up to, and just beyond, the Ramsey Hairpin, so a coffee stop in Ramsey is worth doing for a quick breather before tackling it. It's just a mile to suffer :smile:

    At 14 miles into the ride, The Mitre at Kirk Michael is recommended for a lunch stop (fine food and ale).

    ....ooh, and Windy Corner on the way down off Snaefell is well named, so keep a firm grip on th bars!
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  4. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    That would be a great ride either way round , only ever done it in a Peugeot estate car so the bike might be quicker
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  5. Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    It's been 50 years since I rode round the circuit. Still have fond memories of it and the whole of the cycle week that year.
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  6. Dirk

    Dirk If 6 Was 9

    Devon's Gold Coast
    The course is fine.
    Longest climb is from Ramsey to Brandywell. Steepest bit is between the Hairpin and Guthrie's Memorial.
    My major concern would not be the course, but the traffic and some of the idiot wannabe TT racers.
    I've done many hundreds of laps of the TT course over the years - the safest I ever felt on it was during a race. ;)
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  7. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    I hope Douglas will be able to satisfy them all!
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  8. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    One of my mates here in India lives in Douglas and reckons it's a great place for cyclists and motor cyclists alike.

    Enjoy it.
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  9. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

    Take a Fireblade, sorted
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  10. pjd57

    pjd57 Über Member

    Only 37 miles , according to Wikipedia.

    No idea why but I thought it would be much longer.

    Arran is a great island to cycle round.
    55 miles with some climbing.

    For those looking for more their is a figure of 8 route, up over the centre twice must be hard going.
  11. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    I have never been to the Isle of Man but I would like to go there for a cycling and walking holiday one day.

    Sounds great!

    I still intend to do the full circuit of Mull. I have done the bottom half twice. It is probably going to be some time before I am up there again though ...
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