Big Eds Blog - Spoiler Alert!
It's pretty well known that I'm a bit of a motorcycle fan... okay, maybe more than a bit. From talking about the MCE British Superbikes to an obscure special edition Japanese import from 25 years ago. It's not an interest, but an obsession. It's taken me to some exceptional places and thanks to it I've been able to meet incredible people and witness some unbelievable spectacles.
Whenever something in the biking world happens my instinct will always be to head over to my Facebook/Twitter/Google+ pages and throw it out to you, it's what we all do, I feel. It's the intended purpose of social media, to share and to discuss things that interest you and to engage with people who share the same passion.
I recently posted to congratulate Bruce Anstey on his Isle of Man TT victory in the superbike class; it was an incredible race and something that I thought not only the people on the Island would appreciate, but motorcycle fans in general. There was a mixed response on the page, the majority liking and sharing the post, however there were a few comments asking for me to not post spoilers before the programme aired that evening.
Firstly, I'm just going to say I'm sorry to anyone who didn't wish to know the news before the television coverage.
To follow on from my earlier point, social media is a place where people share their views. For instance the whole idea of the hashtag on Twitter is so people can collectively discuss a subject, or the Facebook timeline which is increasingly become a noticeboard where people find out what's going on in the world. I don't think there's a correct answer to how to handle live events, for the people who were there/listened live/checked the live times like I did all they would want to do is discuss it. The people who haven't obviously won't.
However, I watched the show on Sunday evening and thoroughly enjoyed it, regardless of knowing the result I was still sat on the edge of my seat watching Anstey closing in on Hutchinson and eventually bagging a win by 5 seconds!
As we all know motorcycling isn't just about the arrival but how you got there, and the individual battles throughout the race arguably far eclipse knowing who stood on the top step at the end of it all. That's why we love bike racing, because of the excitement and the danger that we know goes hand in hand with it.
Again, I'm sorry to anyone who doesn't want to receive spoilers, but the only advice I can give you is to stay off social media until you're happy to find out. If you do go online then you will need to accept you're playing with fire and the people with the same shared interests as you may be like me and instinctively want to discuss another incredible race.
10.06.2015 - Big Ed