Comment: Bikers hit back at call for North West 200 ban

A huge crowd turned out on the north coast to watch the action at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this year.

A huge crowd turned out on the north coast to watch the action at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this year.

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While motorbike enthusiasts and racers across Northern Ireland mourn the loss of 31 year old Worcestershire sportsman Simon Andrews they remember their local heroes also tragically killed in the sport over the years.

However, what consumes their thoughts - and indeed their social networking activity - is the seemingly insensitive comments by local writer Fionola Meredith published in the Belfast Telegraph on May 16.

In her article Ms Meredith launches a sarcastic and scathing attack on motorcycle racing as a sport, branding it “madly dangerous” and claiming “men in leathers, with more adrenaline than sense, are propelling themselves at unfeasible speeds round the tightest of bends”.

 

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