A motorcycle racer based in Montreal will be competing in what is considered the most dangerous motorcycle race in the world, the first Canadian to do so in more than a decade.

Dan Kruger, who grew up in Toronto but now lives in Montreal, will be competing in the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy race at the end of the month.

Unlike other races, which are typically about 5 kilometres long, the Isle of Man TT is a 60-kilometre track through the mountains of the island, located between Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Racers travel at speeds of approximately 200 km/h around sharp corners and up steep hills.

The Isle of Man TT is a 107-year-old tradition that draws crowds of about 100,000 and has claimed the lives of 240 bikers.

But Canada's first participant said the risk is all part of the excitement.

Kruger has been racing bikes since he was 11 or 12 years old, and started because of the thrill that comes with the danger.

"It's the adrenaline, it's the challenge, it's a very personal sport where it's just you and the machine and it takes a lot of physical attributes as well," Kruger told CTV's Canada AM on Tuesday.

"The sport is not without danger," Kruger said, adding that he has been injured in the past. Kruger fractured his pelvis in September while racing in China, but chose to continue the race despite his injury.

Further illustrating just how dangerous the Isle of Man race really is, Kruger said riders are required to wear a dog tag during the event.

"The dog tag basically is your blood type, your date of birth, your name and so forth so they can identify you, heaven forbid something goes wrong."

Kruger also wears a good luck charm from his kids and his wife around his neck, which he said reminds him that there are people waiting for him to get back safely.

Regardless of the dangers, Kruger said he feels lucky to claim the title of first Canadian to race on the Isle of Man in more than a decade.

"It's a little bit of pressure, but on the same note, it's a great opportunity for me, and to be honest it's made me feel really proud of my roots."

The event stretches over two weeks starting May 24, with various qualifying laps and other races lasting until June 6.