Iron Butt Association : Circuit of Ireland

According to Wikipedia : https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Butt_Association

The Iron Butt Association (IBA) is a US-based organization dedicated to endurance motorcycle riding with a claim of over 60,000 members worldwide who tout themselves as the “World’s Toughest Riders.” One of its more popular slogans is “The World Is Our Playground.”

The IBA does have membership in a traditional sense. There are monthly newsletters sent to subscribed members. There are no mandatory yearly dues, although members can voluntarily pay an annual fee to become a premiere member. Premiere members receive occasional news and information from the IBA staff, early notice of some events, additional chances to enter some events, discounted entry fees for some events, and access to special areas of the web-based discussion board.

The IBA is a loose-knit organization with only one way to earn membership: ride one of the several rides the IBA certifies.

All that sounds pretty accurate. You can check out the official IBA Websites here :

Iron Butt Association Web Page : http://www.ironbutt.com

Iron Butt Association UK Web Page : https://www.ironbutt.co.uk/w3/index.php

Iron Butt Association Ireland Web Page : http://www.ibaireland.org

It was this bit that got me : ‘with only one way to earn membership : ride one of the several rides the IBA Certifies.’

 

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Alpine Hearing Protection : MotoSafe : Review

I think pretty much every motorcyclist now accepts that hearing protection is an essential piece of kit.

For years it was a very neglected part of motorcycle safety, however now we are well aware of the dangers of prolonged exposure to loud noises. In fact some reports state that a mere 30 minutes of exposure to motorcycle engine noise is dangerous enough to potentially cause long term damage to a person’s ears.

Being honest though I came a little late to the hearing protection idea.

However since starting using hearing protection I have been using or rather trying out a lot of different options, from disposables to a pretty expensive custom fitted set of ear plugs and struggled to find my ideal set. I found the disposables pretty good – however they tended to work their way out of my ear over a pretty short period of time. Comfort wise I found them spot on, but there isn’t much point in wearing something that doesn’t stay in your ear.

Then take the custom made ear plugs. I got these in work so didn’t personally fork out for them – thankfully. I have no doubt they offer top class protection however they are so uncomfortable that they actually verge on painful – and that pain comes quickly, maybe after an hour or two my ears and head are thumping.

Then I have tried numerous reusable options -which all have a similar look to this reviewed product :

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2017 Manx GP : Friday 1st September 2017 : Senior Manx Grand Prix Results :

Michael Evans on his way to a 2017 Manx GP Double
Michael Evans on his way to a 2017 Manx GP Double

After a fortnight of exquisite racing the 2017 Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling comes to an end.

Congratulations go to Michael Evans on his Senior Manx Grand Prix win and of course doubling it up with his Junior win! The first rider since 2011 to pull off the double win.

Add this double to his lap record of 122.866 mph and he has had one hell of a fortnight.

Second place in the Senior went to Barry Evans with Dean Osbourne taking third.

Michael Evans takes the 2017 Senior Manx GP to complete a Junior / Senior Double
Michael Evans takes the 2017 Senior Manx GP to complete a Junior / Senior Double

See below for official race timings and speeds

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2017 Manx GP : Friday 1st September 2017 : Senior Manx Grand Prix Starting List & Schedule :

The start list for the Senior Manx Grand Prix has now been published, along with the final qualifying lap times.

In an interesting innovation the full grid will line up in qualifying lap order for the blue riband event, including the top twenty.

Friday’s race schedule is as follows:

Friday 1st September – Senior Manx Grand Prix Race Day
Roads Close at 0930 until no later than 1700 and, if required, 1800 to 2100.

1015: Senior Manx Grand Prix Race (4 laps)

1225: Roads scheduled to open

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2017 Senior Manx Grand Prix

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2017 Manx GP : Wednesday 30th August 2017 : Lightweight Manx Grand Prix Results :

Congratulations to Darren Cooper on his Manx GP win in the 2017 Lightweight Race. Second place went to Andy Farrell with Barry Evans taking the third spot on the rostrum.

See below for official race timings and speeds.

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2017 Classic TT : Tuesday 29th August 2017 : Newcomers A & B Manx Grand Prix Results :

Congratulations to Brad Vicars taking the win in the 3 lap Newcomers A Manx GP Race, Darryl Tweed taking second and Stephen Parsons filling the podium in third.

The Newcomers B Manx GP top three was the filled by the first place of Derek Wilson, second was Ben Rosendaal and Lee Bass in third.

See below for official race timings and speeds.

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2017 Classic TT : Tuesday 29th August 2017 : Motorsport Merchandise Superbike Classic TT Results :

Congratulations to Dean Harrison who took the win on the Classic TT Superbike Race, second place and the fastest lap going to Bruce Anstey and the podium was completed by third place Horst Saiger.

See below for official race timings and speeds.

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