We’ll say it right away, anyone who competes in a motorcycle road race deserves immense credit for their bravery alone… but if you’ve been to the Horice GP before, we especially take our hat off.
All runners – amateur, short circuit, road racing, off-road and the like – need to be a little reckless to put bravery above logic when it comes to opening the throttle and the anchor at high speed a few inches off the ground, but there are just a few events that watching alone gives us a dose of adrenaline that widens the pupils.
We’ve featured the Horice GP on these pages before, especially this weekend as part of our 8 of the most extreme motorcycle races on the planet, but we felt it deserved to be highlighted again for the immensity (absurdity) of it.
Sure, road racing is by definition at the ends of a risk assessment analysis, but even by such questionable standards the Horice GP pushes it to the limit.
A little lesson in geography first: The pleasantly titled town of Horice is located in the district of Jicin in the Czech Republic in the north of the country. It has 8,500 inhabitants and is best known for Hořické trubičky, a confectionery that looks a bit like lying cigarettes …
More importantly, it is also home to the Horice GP, a round of the international road racing championship.
The event features a circuit of just over 3 miles that crosses the city itself and dense forest, with a mix of quick and swift straight turns, steep curves and cheeky chicanes.
If that sounds a bit dry, we implore you to watch this POV aboard Murtanio, a professional road racer with a penchant for filming his exploits across Europe which turned him into something of an influencer social media and a YouTube star.
His tour of the Horice GP on a Yamaha R6 is a showpiece, despite having generated 4.6 million views at the time of watching… and we assure you it’s worth taking a few minutes out of your day to watch this.
Far be it from us to say that the circuit pushes the limits of what is acceptable for a race and we have no doubt that the IRCC has done their due diligence, but it blows our minds every time we watch it.
In terms of street furniture, it’s a royal hunt of exposed tree trunks of a forest-lined route, a handful of fans leaning over barriers, solid-looking curbs, and rough wavy roads that remind us of the Nordschleife minus controlled conditions. There’s even a handy lidl as you speed through …
You saw the pier, now look at what it looks like from a spectator’s point of view. We love the Isle of Man TT but that’s something else …