For 100 years, the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races have been the world's most dangerous organized sporting event. As one of the thirty thousand fans who attended the annual spectacle, Mark Gardiner harbored no illusions about his own skill or bravery. He was, however, an avid motorcyclist and the race represented a boyhood dream. He went home, quit his job, sold everythin...more
Published 2006 by BikeWriter.com
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I'm a middle-aged female with fairly typical life experiences. The most I knew about motorcycles was the following: Harley's break down a lot, lean on a turn...hold on for a wheelie, and looking good on the back of a bike was easy in the 70's!!! Now, I have a greater smattering of motorcycle racing info. Mark makes the technical information fairly simple to understand. He didn't make my eyes blur over while describing the never-ending tweaks and adjustments made to the bikes to enhance performan...more
Mark's voice/ writing style makes this story much more engaging than I expected it to be. While I am biased, being an avid motorcycle race fan myself, I didn't expect to become so engrossed in the story. Unlike a biography written by an athlete, this is written by a writer, so he really expresses the details and feelings that make a story so much more compelling. I feel as if I've been there now, or at least know enough to act as if I have!
This book, along with Into the Wild, is partially responsible for me wanting to quit everything and follow my dreams. A fellow dreamer, yet a rationalist as well, quits his job and qualifies for the TT after getting back into racing well into mid-age. This is the stuff of movies and his book is thoroughly enthralling. I felt as if I was on the Isle of Man, and one day hope to be.
Mark Gardiner's account of his preparation for, and subsequent participation in, the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy motorcycle race. Gardiner quit his job, sold all of his possessions, and spent a year or more training and preparing to race in the TT. This insider's account will be of interest to anyone drawn to motorcycle racing, racing history, or the Isle of Man.
Really good read IF you are interested in what it would be like to leave your career and move to the Isle of Man with a goal to ride the TT race. The IOMTT is considered to be one of the most dangerous open road races in the world. A fine novel with narrow interests.