Author: Oli Rushby Pics: Pacemaker Press Posted: 21 Oct 2015
Guy Martin could miss the 2016 Isle of Man TT races if he’s to participate in the gruelling 2745 mile Tour Divide mountain bike race.
The Tour Divide sees riders race the length of the Rocky Mountains from Canada to the Mexican border, covering almost 3000 miles, and gets underway on the second weekend in June just hours after the 2016 Isle of Man TT draws to a close.
While the Tour Divide can be taken on at any point in the year as an individual time trial, it’s believed Martin wants to participate in the main event.
“There’s so much I still want to do and I’m planning on doing the Tour Divide next year, which is the toughest mountain bike time trial on the planet. It starts the week after the TT, so I’d need to be there preparing that week,” Martin told Freestyle Xtreme magazine earlier this year.
More recently, the Lincolnshire truck mechanic has said his plans for the future might upset people in a cryptic message posted on his YouTube channel: “I know exactly what’s happening it’s just I might have to upset a few people. That’s happening, and I know it’s happening it’s just how I’m going to make it happen.
“I’m not double minded now I was up until two weeks ago. 100% these things are not happening, because these things are happening. It’s probably taken me six weeks since my crash to make my mind up but it’s made up now and I’m happy.”
Martin’s TAS Racing team has this morning confirmed that Ian Hutchinson will ride the Tyco BMW in next year’s three international road races and the announcement made no reference to who will be on the team’s second S1000RR.