The Scottish Six Days Trial 2014
Not just a man’s sport…
Off road motorcycling is a male dominated sport but one female lady athlete from Great Britain is making a massive impact – That lady is Emma Bristow. Already crowned a world champion earlier in year at the final round of the SuperEnduro championship she is a full time professional riding for the Spanish Sherco brand. Trials Media interrupted her as she was training for her next challenge, the Scottish Six Days Trial which runs from the 5th – 10th May based around the Fort William area.
Tell us a little about the ‘Scottish’
The six day event is unique among international motorcycle sport as it allows ordinary riders to compete on equal terms with world championship riders. The event attracts 280 riders from around the globe who annually attend this event which takes in some stunning Highland scenery over the six days and 500 miles of competition.
How do you prepare for such an event?
Due to the nature of my profession I keep very fit any way as I spend so much time on off-road motorcycles. I train on the motorcycle around 5 days a week and compete virtually every weekend. I also have a controlled diet to keep my body provided with the vital fuel to keep me in top condition.
You compete for the Spanish Sherco brand.
Yes I am a full time professional rider contracted to Sherco. It’s my second year on the Sherco and I am very happy. In the UK I receive extra support from Malcolm Rathmell Sport the official importers for the brand. They provided me with the Enduro machine which enabled me to win the SuperEnduro world championship earlier in the year. At the SSDT I will ride a Sherco ST 305 trials machine.
You have won the Best Lady award at the ‘Scottish’ for the last few years.
Yes that’s correct and I value that award very highly. Last year I took a coveted Special First Class award coming home in 47th position and on a couple of days I finished in the top thirty daily performances. My highlight last year was only losing 7 marks on the Tuesday.
Where will the female opposition come from?
Becky Cook from the UK and Sandra Gomez from Spain and you can never rule out the experienced Katy Sunter. Any rider male or female who competes in the event and finishes should be very proud.
Does the event hold any further ambition for you?
Yes I would love to be able to improve on last year’s position and maybe even match some daily scores of my partner and fellow competitor James Fry!
Have you any other goals in off-road motorcycling?
I am the current British champion and having finished as runner up for the last two years in the Ladies World Trials championship my ultimate goal is to be crowned World champion for my-self and Sherco. The Spanish brand deserves this success for showing faith in me with the factory contract.
Thank you Emma ‘B’ for taking the time to talk to ‘Trials Media’, PR partner of the Scottish Six Days Trial 2014.