It is the oldest, longest course in the world and modern bikes get up to speeds of 200 mph. The guy who holds the lap record averaged 129 mph over the entire course.
Averaged 129 mph...
Every year over-zealous tourists die before the race even starts. I think they forget which side of the road to drive on and get wiped out by oncoming traffic. The whole event is kind of crazy, but in a controlled setting that I can understand. If someone needs this sort of excitement then I respect the fact they do it on a track where the only person they're going to hurt is themselves or other like minded souls.
Races start June 2nd. There's a live feed on the website.
When I was there I stood on the first big corner and the bikes whizzed by about ten feet away and lifted the hair from my neck. The noise was overwhelming, and I remember feeling the vibrations off the exhaust pipes through the soles of my shoes.
Oh Gosh--I've also been to the Horse of the Year Show (twice) and the women's World (field) Hockey finals in Wembley Stadium (the week before the FA Cup Final when Liverpool were playing, Deb and I wanted to hide out for a week in the stands), one Premier League Football match, an NBA Raptors game, two or three international rugby matches (which were the most exciting). That's not counting any minor league stuff.
And I'm not even into sport... So, what sporting events have you attended?