Overseas TT Heroes: Rolf Biland

Overseas TT Heroes: Rolf Biland

45 years ago, there was a notable Sidecar TT entry addition, Swiss ace Rolf Biland.

Although only a few years into Sidecar driver duties, Biland went onto quickly make his mark at the world’s most famous road race.

Adapting exceptionally well to the 37 and three-quarter miles long Mountain Course, Biland and passenger Ken Williams, caught the eye throughout practice week.

Disappointment then ensued at the start of race week, with the Rodolphe Deville backed pair non finishers from the Sidecars race opener.

Better fortunes would arise in the second four-lap 1000cc Sidecars race, as Schmid Yamaha powered Biland/Williams finished a stellar 2nd, just under a minute behind race victors Mac Hobson/Stuart Collins.

Future seven times World Champion Biland would go onto return to the TT Races on three more occasions, sampling the 1978, 1979 and 1980 events alongside Williams and Kurt Waltisperg.

Whilst added podium finishes failed to materialise, his unique skillset, distinct style left a lasting impression on Manx road racing fans.

Unquestionably amongst the greatest three wheeling exponents of all time, he claimed during his highly decorated career, over 75 World Championship level victories.

Photo credit: A road racing fan

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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