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The largest outdoor sporting event in Ireland is the North West 200 and it goes from 10th May – 17th May 2014. A lot of riders use this race as a final practice when honing their skills and teams use it as a place to test reliability ready for the Isle of Man TT, which begins in two weeks’ time. However, this isn’t just a race for the professionals, keen non-professional riders can take apart too.
This event is officially one of the world’s fastest road races; originally it ran over 200 miles – hence the ‘200’ in the name – in 1929 though, organisers believed that a 100 mile race was more appropriate and would prove to be much more popular.
One of this year’s NW200 riders is motorbike legend, Guy Martin who has recently taken part in an interview with the BBC to discuss his career and the dangers involved in motorbike riding and racing. As someone who’s survived a crash at 170mph and still goes back for more, Guy Martin is more than qualified to detail the dangers of riding such long races at fast speeds.
Motorbike racing and riding is dangerous, there’s no avoiding that fact. However it’s the threat of danger that keeps most riders going back for more. In order to ensure safety at this year’s NW 200, BikeSafe will be in heavy attendance. Constable Bill Holden says riders are advised to, “leave the speed and racing to the professionals on closed circuits…We all want spectators and bikers to enjoy this word-class racing event and stay safe on our roads.”
The BikeSafe initiative will feature heavily in the build-up, during the race and following this week’s racing in order to ensure as many bikers as possible remain safe while riding.
“BikeSafe is a police led motorcycle project that is run by most forces throughout the UK. The main aim is to reduce the number of bikers being hurt on the roads.”