The Deadliest Race on Earth

December 6, 2016
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Since 1907, the Isle of Man has hosted the “Tourist Trophy,” or TT, a 37-mile motorcycle race that winds through this small British isle at speeds matching that of a high-speed train. The high-speed train has it easy. Riders here must navigate through hairpin bends, bumps, jumps, and manhole covers while passing perilously close to stone walls, buildings, and roadside spectators — at speeds approaching 200 mph.

Medical volunteers travel to the island each year to try to save lives. STAT had exclusive access to these track side doctors, paramedics, and marshals as they worked. Two helicopters, six ambulances, and a medical response car cover the course and allow the team to respond to incidents within six minutes. (Despite their efforts, four riders died during this year’s race.)

The race draws huge crowds and hundreds of riders from across the world to watch and take part in the spectacle.

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Image: By Dave Johnson – Harvey Milligan, CC BY-SA 4.0,

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