The public address system is now in full swing and we hear the non starters list, the speeds attained in practising and the general race info.. We warm up the bike and tyres and then wheel it up onto the grid.
RIDING IN THE TT
We are all now totally hyped up for the race. Our rider smiles and plays with the hand brake, or anything else, to keep himself calm..The race starts and we move down the road escorting our rider until it is time for him to set off.
GREAT HIGH MOUNTAIN
We know what our rider is thinking....It's a course which goes through villages, rises up a mountain then plunges back again to sea level, all nearly 38 miles long..The mountain also represents the awesome task ahead.
LONG AND WINDING ROAD
Yes nearly 38 miles long, per lap, and he has to do 4 laps in his race, at high speed in oppressive temperatures. Truly a long and winding road...
The TT is a race against time, so each rider is expecting pit signals to help map his progression in the race. We have stopwatches and also have spotters round the course to report on his position.....He is racing the clock..
Once he has plunged down the fearsome Bray Hill our rider sets himself into a routine. The pace is fast but he gets into a rhythm which he can repeat each lap. We are more than happy with his first lap time..
Ballaugh, Ramsey, Verandah, all magic names and he takes them all in his stride.. He's doing rather well !! The Commentator makes him fourth !!
It's the last lap and we now hear he is running third at the Bungalow and making up time on the second placed man. Not far to go now !
He passes the second placed rider and head down goes for the leader. The leaders machine runs out of fuel at Hillberry and the crowd give our rider a great reception. He takes the chequered flag...He's WON !!!
ROAD TO HELL
We all end up in the beer tent after our rider gets his laurels, talks to the press and opens the top of his leathers to cool down.. More beer here !!!
In the evening at the Villa Marina we see him get the trophy and a good sized cheque for his efforts. We are over the moon and we see another disgracefully late night ahead !! What a great day it has been !
Everyone suddenly wants to be our friends and we rather revel in the fact that we helped our rider to get the supreme accolade. Another race on Friday !!
WE'LL MEET AGAIN
We didn't do so well on Friday but he finished the race after a minor engine problem...We pack the bike and all the equipment into the van and head for the ferry. We say "see ya next year" to all and sundry....We'll be back...
ROCKS AND THUNDER
We are on board our ferry after a brilliant two weeks on the beautiful Isle of Man..We booked for next year before we left ! Our last view of the Island is of the rocks and the sound of the sea at it disappears into the haze..
As we sit on deck with another beer, we hear "Ellan Vannin" being played on the tannoy so we pick it as the main reminder of our time at the TT. We find it on TTFans website and download it for ourselves...
This track reminds us that we have been on another planet for two weeks so once we are docked in Liverpool and head out for the M6 South, we are back in reality. We change from Manx Radio to local radio...But what great memories we have....!