This week sees one of the most exciting events on the motorcycle racing calendar and Ireland’s biggest outdoor sporting event- the North West 200.
Held annually against the spectacular backdrop of Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast, the festival attracts the finest road racers in the business, including the likes of Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and John McGuiness.
Northern Ireland is famous for its closed road racing and every year, thousands of petrol-heads are drawn to the 8.9 mile street circuit known as “the Triangle”, which links the towns of Portstewart, Portrush and Coleraine. It is one of the fastest public road races in the world, with speeds regularly exceeding 200 mph.
The event was originally intended to be held the North West of Ireland, but never actually took place there. The stage was changed to the North-Antrim coast, but the name stuck. the “200” refers to the 200 mile distance over which the race was originally run.