All posts by Jim Bryan



IOMTT 2017 – John McGuinness, what a man!

10th June 2017 by  in Daily Digest, Racing

IOMTT 2017 – In addition to receiving a standing ovation as he, together with his family, boarded the Mannanan at Liverpool dock, John McGuinness has been his usual giving self. As per normal he is in demand for interviews, PR cameos and glad-handing the great and good, plus queues of autograph hunters. A couple of days  [Read full post…]

IOMTT 2017 – Who left the shower on?!

8th June 2017 by  in Daily Digest, Racing, Rants & Raves

IOMTT 2017 – Just back from a trip up to the summit of Snaefell this afternoon on the electric railway, (I’m something of a control freak and I find the lurching, rickety, and somewhat decrepit Mountain railway a test of calm), having been assured, by my Chief Sector Marshal, (an authority on all matters Manx), that  [Read full post…]

IOMTT 2017 – Honour life’s opportunities to the full?

8th June 2017 by  in Daily Digest, Racing

IOMTT 2017 – An entry that I did not want to write. Today saw the second and third deaths during races and practices at this year’s TT. Davey Lambert’s death having been confirmed by the ACU earlier today following his crash at Greeba Castle on Sunday, we saw two more riders die in crashes today,  [Read full post…]

IOMTT 2017 – Use your mirrors!

4th June 2017 by  in Daily Digest, Rants & Raves

IOMTT 2017 – Earlier today I managed laps five and six, the first of which was the usual quiet lap with very little company, (notable primarily for a rather fine young hare who kept me company along through Crosby Leap). The second rated as the first, “proper”, lap – lots of other bikes, and we  [Read full post…]

IOMTT2017 – Ginny nettles well deserved!

3rd June 2017 by  in Daily Digest, Rants & Raves

IOMTT 2017 – “And another, Rant Warning”, I’m afraid, plus some unpleasant anatomical information. Last night’s pinnacle of idiocy took the form of drunken yobs walking out on the closed track, “to see if the bikes are coming”! Between Knock Breck and Harold’s four men repeatedly walked out from the hedges and onto the race  [Read full post…]

IOMTT 2017 – Ride Safe People!

1st June 2017 by  in Daily Digest, Rants & Raves

IOMTT 2017 – “Am I getting even more curmudgeonly as time goes by?” Is a question I find myself posing ever more frequently – some of the standards of riding I see on the Island are stunningly subterranean. Riders coming toward you with full beam blinding you, (making it as difficult as possible to judge  [Read full post…]

IOMTT 2017 – Mountain curcuit’s “Memory lane”

28th May 2017 by  in Daily Digest, Racing

  IOMTT 2017 – My first full lap of the Mountain Circuit this year and an odd one it was too. Setting off at 05:10 in glorious sunshine, I was too late to avoid the bin lorries, delivery vans and early morning dog walkers. But, that first lap was memorable not for my learning about  [Read full post…]

This island makes you think on

6th June 2015 by  in Daily Digest, Racing

The island has a way of enticing you into its soul, inverting your reality, and presenting you with a view of yourself that jars with your preconceived notions of who, why, what, and how you are. This process is one of the reasons that I find the place so addictive – Mona’s Isle is timeless,  [Read full post…]

Incident Management Course

6th June 2015 by  in Racing

This was my fourth, (I think!), Incident Management Course, (IMC), delivered by the Isle of Man Marshals association, and in typical grumpy ol’ giffer mind set I was not looking forward to a full day in a classroom, particularly as the day was blessed with wall to wall sunshine – my bike and the Mountain  [Read full post…]

After five days on the Island……‏

3rd June 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, Racing

……. ……. a lap of the Mountain circuit! A combination of weather, Marshaling preparations, Marshaling, Cafe support, (friends with whom I stay run a Cafe in Douglas), and sleep, combined to forestall my getting out on the bike to ride the circuit. Now that I’ve managed my first lap of 2015 I can relax, and  [Read full post…]

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