Another TT for our Coaches Dean Harrison, Davo Johnson and Lee Johnston and a break from real life for me. Since I was elected as a Labour Councillor in Leeds a few weeks ago life has been more hectic than ever. Between running Tadcaster and Wetherby Triathlons plus track training days at Anglesey, Croft and Mallory Park, a few fire service shifts and getting to grips with being a Councillor there has been no time to relax in May. I have not managed to do any racing either due to the cancellation of Scarborough's first meeting of the year. Fingers crossed the Cock of the North meeting on 23/24 June will go ahead but I am not reasurred by the fact that I have not been offered a refund for the Spring Cup or even had a reply to my e-mail requesting one.
I arrived at the TT yesterday (Saturday) having listened to the commentary of the Superbike race on the way over. It was with a heavy heart after the death of Dan in practice, this is a strange race of mixed emotions. The only race you will ever watch or race at where there is almost guaranteed to be fatalities. Dean of course put in a record breaking first lap (No surprise to those of us that know him and expected great things following last years form and his growing confidence) but had a clutch failure taking him out of the race. It was good to see Connor Cummings back on form and on the podium as well. Congratulations of course go to Micheal Dunlop, fast and consistent as ever. Davo and Lee had good results as well coming in 4th and 6th.
When we arrived at about 7.30 we headed for the semi derelict Marine Drive out of Douglas for somewhere quiet to stay. It did not disappoint. I can not understand why people are so uptight about overnight parking in general. When you come to an event like this and there are vans everywhere respectfully enjoying the freedom you just think "why not".
See you all soon, Cllr Drinkie.