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What’s it really like to wheelie around the TT course?

Published: 04 January 2017

Dougie Lampkin wheelie documentary on Red Bull TV

Red Bull have released a brilliant behind-the-scenes documentary of Dougie Lampkin wheelieing a modified Vertigo trials bike around the 37.73-mile Isle of Man TT course.


You get to see the build-up to the record attempt, and duck through the family garage doors to peek at the Lampkin dynasty. It’s an emotive and spellbinding bit of cinema – and you can watch it now for free at

Lampkin rode his way into the record books in September by becoming the first man to ever wheelie the entire 37.73-mile mountain course, just 24 hours after the Isle of Man’s notorious weather forced the Yorkshireman and his Red Bull team to postpone the already tricky challenge. 

“It was tough from the off. I was very tense at the start and sort of went a bit too fast and used way too much brake but I couldn’t help myself. When I went up on to the mountain by left leg was putting so much pressure on the bike it was just solid! I was really struggling and had a few moments so was ecstatic to bring it home!”

As if the challenge wasn’t difficult enough, the 12-times world trials champion’s challenge was the fact that the Snaefell course wasn’t completely closed for his attempt. While he had the buffer of a rolling road-block, Lampkin also had to contend with traffic coming from other directions.

Check out the documentary here


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