Belfast Telegraph

Picture of the week: Tourists embrace the fast and furious

By Helen Carson

Bike aficionados are not the only people who swarm to the province's scenic north coast at this time of the year to take in the sights and sounds of the North West 200; now tourists visiting these shores are getting a taste of the world's fastest road race.

As the riders took part in their final outings, once again the biking spectacular has created a whole new set of unforgettable memories for the tens of thousands of people who travel from all over the world to enjoy this racing tour de force.

And it wouldn't be the North West 200 without some member of the Dunlop family taking the top honours in the superbike challenges - it's a name synonymous with road racing in the province, thanks to Joey and Robert Dunlop, whose proud history is being served well by the latter's sons, William and Michael.

The famous Dunlop biking fraternity is now the stuff of legend - not just here, but internationally, too.

Meanwhile, Carrickfergus speed king Alastair Seeley is blazing a mighty trail around circuits on the global stage and he is always a pleasing sight on the Triangle course.

Seeley is renowned for his fearless reputation and attitude to the sport, which has seen him lift many racing crowns.

Another local dedicated to road racing is Ryan Farquhar, a big name in the sport and not just for his riding talents on the course, but for building his own bikes.

The father-of-two from Co Tyrone returned to his career following a short retirement after the tragic death of his uncle Trevor Ferguson at the Manx Grand Prix in 2012 and is back in fine form.

With thrilling races to rival the Isle of Man TT, the North West 200 has weathered bomb hoaxes and decades of the Troubles; now it's back bigger and better than ever, with international visitors putting it on their "must-see" list when they are here.

The fast and furious action of the riders rule the picturesque coastal roads for a week here every year - and it's one local tradition that we want to see continue.


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