The Snaefell Mountain Course on the Isle of Man, is perhaps the worlds most fearsome circuit, being 3 times as long as the Nurburgring Nordschleife using public roads complete with drain covers, kerbs and lampposts where riders reach nearly 200mph several times during the course of a lap. The original Snaefell Mountain Course dates back to 1911 and measured 37 1/2 miles, the difference between it and the modern course being that riders turned right at Cronk-ny-Mona, down Johnny Watterson's Lane, to Ballanard Road, turned left again along Ballanard Road to St Ninian’s, where they turned right down Bray Hill. The start was on Quarterbridge Road, with refuelling depots at Braddan and Ramsey. 1920 saw the Snaefell Mountain Course extended to its present length of 37.73-miles, with the start-finish just a few metres down the road from the present Grandstand.
The main points on the course at the start of the decade were Bray Hill, Quarter Bridge, Braddan Bridge, Union Mills, Crosby, Ballacraine, Ballig Bridge, Glen Helen, Creg Willies Hill, Kirk Michael, Ballaugh Bridge, Sulby Bridge, Ramsey, Ramsey Hairpin, Gooseneck, East Snaefell gate, Bungalow, Windy Corner, Keppel Gate, Creg-ny-Baa, Hillberry, Cronk-ny-Mona, Signpost Corner and Governor’s Bridge. The course was widened at Sulby Bridge in 1923, whilst Parliament Square to May Hill was used for the first time, instead of riders going through Ramsey Town to join the present course at May Hill. Brandish Corner was given its name in 1923, after Walter Brandish crashed there and broke a leg. Birkin’s Bend was added, after, sadly, Archie Birkin was killed there in 1927 during practice, when the roads were only closed for racing. The following year practising took place on closed roads. By 1926, the course had been improved considerably and the Mountain Section had been tarmaced. The Guthrie Memorial Cairn was erected on the spot where Jimmy Guthrie retired in his final race, the Senior TT of 1937. He was killed later in the year, at the German Grand Prix.
Drinkwater’s Bend is where Ben Drinkwater was fatally injured in the Junior TT of 1949. Handley’s Bend was named in recognition of Wal Handley who crashed there a race. He was killed during the Second World War, his last TT year being 1934. Finally Tate’s became known as Kate’s Cottage. It is widely thought that a commentator mispronounced the word and it stuck as Kate's. The BBC began broadcasting the races live after the Second World War. After Les Graham’s tragic death on Bray Hill during the second lap of the 1953 Senior TT, a brick and timber shelter was built on the Mountain section of the course between the Verandah and the Bungalow. It became the Graham Memorial and is used as a marshalling and medical point during the races.
The only major change between 1970 and 1989 was that Quarry Bends was partially straightened prior to the 1989 races. The climb from the Bungalow to Brandywell is named Hailwood Rise, and the highest point on the course, just before Brandywell, named Hailwood Heights, both in recognition of the legendary Mike Hailwood. 2002 saw the 26th Milestone renamed ‘Joey’s’ in memory of 26 times TT winner Joey Dunlop OBE, MBE, killed while racing Estonia in 2000. The following year, 2003, saw the 32nd Milestone Bends renamed ‘Duke’s’ in honour of six times TT winner and six times World Champion, Geoff Duke, OBE. In early 2006, in time for the TT, Windy Corner was eased, and later that year Brandish Corner was realigned, again easing the corner.
St Johns Course
The start of the original St John’s Course was at Tynwald Green, St John’s and went along the Peel Road to Ballacraine, turning left, through Ballig Bridge, Laurel Bank, Glen Helen, Creg Willey’s Hill, Cronk-y-Voddee, Barregarrow to Kirk Michael, where they again turned left toward Peel, through the Devil’s Elbow, Knocksharry and into Peel City and back out to Tynwald, a distance of 15 miles 1430 yards.
A new course, the 10.79-mile Clypse Course was used for the first time in 1954, initially for the re-introduced Sidecar and Ultra Lightweight races. The Lightweight (250cc) race was moved to the Clypse Course in 1955.
Starting at the Grandstand, then turned right at the top of Bray Hill (St Ninian’s), continuing along Ballanard Road to Willaston Corner, (Johnny Watterson’ s Lane) where a right-hander led to Cronk-ny-Mona.
Competitors then raced along the Mountain Course in the reverse direction, to Creg-ny-Baa, turned right and went through a series of bends, to the "51/2" to join the main Laxey to Onchan road and proceeded through the Whitebridge to Onchan Village. Here a right turn at the Manx Arms led them up to Signpost Corner, where they rejoined the Mountain Course back through Bedstead, and Governor’s Bridge, omitting the dip to the Grandstand.
Time Zone : (GMT) Western Europe Time, London, Lisbon, Casablanca
Major Events : Isle of Man TT Races
Circuit Length : Snaefell Mountain Course: 37.73 miles with 1384 feet of elevation change.
St Johns Course: 15.8125 miles
Clypse Course: 10.79 miles
Turns : 200+
Lap Record : Outright: 17m12.30s @ 131.578mph - John McGuinness, Honda CBR1000RR, 2009
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Honda Clean Sweep And Record Breaker At Legendary TT Event Posted on: 15/06/2010
Honda machines and riders took a clean sweep with seven out of seven race wins at this year’s famous Isle of Man TT road race event, with Honda rider Ian Hutchinson leading the charge to make history today when he became the first man to win five TT races in a week.
The Honda (UK) supported Padgett’s Honda team and their incredib... Read More >>
Rizla Suzuki MotoGP celebrates Suzuki’s 50 years of racing at the Isle of Man TT Posted on: 15/06/2010
Rizla Suzuki, Loris Capirossi and Cameron Donald helped bring the 2010 Isle of Man TT races to a memorable finish this year as the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP team came to town to celebrate Suzuki's 50th anniversary of International racing.
Capirossi and the Suzuki GSV-R800 were both making their maiden visits to the Island and Capirossi arriv... Read More >>
TT 2010: On Bike Laps from Duke Posted on: 11/06/2010
Experience the Isle of Man TT like never before, with the best quality on-bike footage ever recorded around the legendary 37.73-mile Mountain course. Join the stars for four complete laps recorded during the Wednesday evening practice session of the 2010 TT. Each DVD costs just £9.99 including shipping within the UK.
SUZUKI TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL RACING IN GRAND STYLE Posted on: 13/05/2010
As the Suzuki Motor Corporation get set to celebrate 50 years of International racing at this year’s Isle of Man TT races - the venue where it all began in 1960, the Japanese manufacturer has announced another ’first’ on the Island, with the news that Loris Capirossi’s GSV-R MotoGP bike will take a lap of the famous TT course – the... Read More >>
MotoGP comes to the Isle of Man with Rizla Suzuki Posted on: 07/05/2010
Rizla Suzuki MotoGP and Loris Capirossi will be heading to the Isle of Man for the famous TT races in June to help Suzuki celebrate its 50th racing anniversary.
The Suzuki Motor Corporation celebrates 50 years of International racing at this year’s Isle of Man TT races - the venue where it all began in 1960 - and the Japanese manufact... Read More >>
Honda Gears Up For 2010 Road Racing Challenge Posted on: 24/04/2010
Honda (UK) Racing’s legendary motorcycle team is preparing for its up-coming 2010 road racing campaign, where it is looking to add to its impressive victory tally at the International North West 200 in May and famous Isle of Man TT races in June.
Represented once again by the world renowned HM Plant Honda team, the dynamic and incredib... Read More >>
TT SUZUKI RACER HONOURED WITH SPECIAL 50p COIN Posted on: 23/04/2010
The Isle of Man government has today honoured 1963 50cc TT winner and Suzuki rider Mitsuo Ito, by announcing the release of a special 50 pence coin into circulation on the Isle of Man for the forthcoming 2010 Isle of Man TT races.
With Mr Ito remaining the only Japanese winner of the TT to this day, the special coin will feature the image of... Read More >>
Mouth-watering entry assembled for 2010 Isle of Man TT Races Posted on: 22/03/2010
- All conventional solo classes oversubscribed with entries
- 13 former winners enter across all classes
- Solo entry includes 50 riders who have achieved a 120mph lap
- World 1, 3, 4 and 6 ranked sidecar drivers amongst the Sidecar entry
- Anstey and Molyneux set to lead the solo and sidecar classes away
- Entries already rec... Read More >>
Moto2 GP Bike Set For Sensational Isle of Man TT Debut Posted on: 26/02/2010
Olie Linsdell teams up with FTR to bring state of the art prototype machine to the TT
The Isle of Man TT Races are again proving their worldwide importance and value to the motorcycling world with the sensational news that one of the all-new Moto2 GP bikes will be contesting the Senior TT. The 600cc bikes have replaced the two-stroke 250cc m... Read More >>
KTM Enter Isle of Man TT Races For The First Time Posted on: 26/02/2010
Iconic Austrian brand to debut at TT 2010 with Redline Motorcycles and James Edmeades
Austrian manufacturer KTM are set to increase the levels of official manufacturer participation at the 2010 Isle of Man TT Races with the news that Redline Motorcycles will be entering one of the flagship KTM RC8R Superbike machines in the Superbike, Supers... Read More >>
Clean emissions motorcycle racing to return to the Isle of Man TT in 2010 Posted on: 25/02/2010
‘TT Zero’ event scheduled as integral part of Isle of Man TT Races calendar
Isle of Man Government puts up £10,000 prize for first team to record 100mph lap Following the success of the inaugural clean emissions motorcycle race on the Isle of Man in 2009, the Isle of Man Government Department of Tourism and Leisure, the pr... Read More >>
MotoCzysz Confirmed in 2010 Isle of Man TT Zero Race Posted on: 25/02/2010
Clean emissions team return to try and record first 100mph lap around the mountain course
MotoCzysz, the motorcycle team founded by designer Michael Czysz, today confirmed that they would be returning to the Isle of Man in 2010 to participate in the ‘TT Zero’ Clean Emissions race which is part of the iconic TT races.
Noise, thrills, excitement, spectacular sights and a wide variety of activities and entertainment all across the Isle of Man are what fans can expect the 2010 TT festival.
Douglas promenade is set to become an extreme sports playground, with stunt riders and spectacular shows. There will also be the chance for people to have their own gravity-defying experience on simulators, gyroscopes, bungees, slingshots and more.
As well as classic films, including the rarely shown ‘Take it to the Limit’, there will also be headline music acts, top comedians and chat shows featuring famous riders.
Huge screens will replay all of the best TT action, in case anyone has missed it, and fans of MotoGP won’t miss any of the action from the Italian Grand Prix as Sunday, June 6th, has been declared ‘MotoGP Day’ in the Island, with stars hosting a big outdoor screening of all the action live from Mugello.
There will be a number of meetings and TT-dedicated days in some of the Island’s other towns including Peel Day, the Ramsey Sprint and the TT bike show in Laxey, and the ever popular beach race will again take place in Douglas.
There will also be firework shows and the return of the ever-popular Red Arrows who will be performing their spectacular air displays.
Thursday June 3
Comedian Ross Noble at the Villa Marina, Douglas
Friday June 4
TT Final Qualifying
Comedy Show (Act TBC)
Saturday June 5
TT Paddock Walkabout
Superbike TT Race
Sidecar TT Race 1
TT Entertainment Zone, Night 1
Ian Brown at the Villa Marina, Douglas
Sunday 6 June
Peel TT Day
MotoGP Day at the TT Grandstand
TT Entertainment Zone, Night 2
Monday 7 June
Supersport TT Races 1
Superstock TT Race
TT Prize Presentation 1
TT Entertainment Zone, Night 3
Tuesday 8 June
Red Arrows, Ramsey Air Display
Douglas Beach Race
Red Arrows, Douglas Air Display
Headline Concert (Artist TBC)
TT Entertainment Zone, Night 4
Wednesday 9 June
Supersport TT Race 2
Sidecar TT Race 2
TT Prize Presentation 2
TT Entertainment Zone, Night 5
Thursday 10 June
Laxey Bike Show
TT Entertainment Zone, Night 6
Friday 11 June
Suzuki 50th Anniversary Parade Lap
TT Classic Parade Lap
Senior TT Race
Senior TT Prize Presentation
TT Winners Parade
Battle of Britain Air Display
TT Entertainment Zone, Night 7
Saturday 12 June
National Road Races (Billown)
Also throughout the festival:
Suzuki Exhibition, Manx Museum
TT Film Festival, Broadway Cinema
* Festival events subject to final confirmation
Royal London 360