The North West!
The North West 200, held annually in May in Portstewart/Portrush/Coleraine, is one of Northern Ireland/Ireland’s largest sporting events and probably one of the world’s fastest road races. If you want an adrenaline rush then this is the place to go. As can been seen from the video which was taken about 200 meters after the start, you can be up close to the action, so close you can feel the wind as the bike speed past, hear the the noise which reverberates through you, and smell those fumes, which as any bike rider knows, just smell great.
The race was first held in 1930. It is a street circuit made up almost entirely of public roads. The route, running anti-clockwise round the outskirts of the towns passing private houses along the way. To improve track safety street signs are removed at parts of the track and hay bales are used to wrap lampposts and telegraph poles. The circuit is 8.970 mi (14.436 km) long.
As a child and young man I went with my grandfather to the race nearly every year and I remember that time with much excitement and fondness.
Race & Practice Schedule for 2020
|Tuesday 12th May||Practice||9.15am – 3.00pm|
|Thursday 14th May||Practice||9.15am – 3.00pm|
|Thursday 14th May||Evening Racing||5.00pm – 9.00pm|
|Saturday 16th May||Race Day||9.15am – 7.00pm|
In exceptional circumstances where extreme weather is forecast, the 2020 contingency plan days could be: Wednesday 13th May and Friday 15th May 2020.
Any subsequent amendments to the race week schedule will be advertised to the public via the International North West 200 website, BBC NI TV & Radio and the NW200 Facebook and Twitter feed.
See the circuit maps and learn more about vantage points to watch the race. Most of the locations are free, you park and walk to the course. Our chosen spot is anywhere along the first couple of kilometers.
- Eight races, four exciting classes: Supersport, Supertwin, Superstock, Superbike
- 4 Hours of exciting timed practice session – Tuesday & Thursday
- Thursday Night Racing – 3 Races
- Saturday Racing All Day – 5 Races
- Riders Meet & Greet
- Vintage Bike & Car Display
- Live Music & Entertainment
- Family Motor Festival
- Family Fun Village
- Miss North West 200
- Fireworks Display
Special Offers, Grandstand Tickets, Paddock Passes and Race Programmes are now available on the official website Official Ticket prices and sales.