The annual Scottish Six Days Trial commences on Monday 4th May at Fort William with first man Gordon Murray on his Beta 300 leading the pack out of the West End Car Park at 07.30 GMT. Riders leave at minute intervals.
The event has had some personnel changes since the last trial, incoming SSDT Secretary is Dutch born mathematics teacher, Mieke De Vos, taking over from Catherine Halley who is now an official route-marker. Colin Menzies has retired as Chief Marshal, with Brenda McColm and Catherine Anderson sharing the position.
Quite a number of the hardy observers have retired, one notable absentee is Inverness & District Chairman, Malcolm Smith who will be spectating for the first time in many years, having been a competitor and then an observer for 25 years or more!
There are some new hazards introduced for the event on the Wednesday as the trial goes down to Appin on the A828. The new groups are named: ‘Meall nan Tarbh’ (3); ‘Appin’ (2) and ‘Big Dar’s Burn’ (2) with ‘Glen Stockdale’ 1300m from the village. The local community hall will be open at Appin serving a variety of food and drink, but the organisers would like any spectators to park in a sensible manner so that the continued use of the area can be assured. On the Thursday 7th May, the trial ventures back down into Perthshire as far as ‘Lochs Wood’ which has been missing of late, but spectators are most likely to catch the event at Chair Lift or Ba House, before marching up to Fersit which is a good hours walk from the car parking area at the hamlet. Friday 8th May is the traditional ‘Road Trip’ day when the riders go around the Moidart Peninsula covering around 80 miles of scenic route is the weather is fair. Please follow in the direction of the route to avoid meeting oncoming competitors wherever possible.
Remember to purchase a copy of the programme, the proceeds help the “Leanne Fund”, a local Lochaber charity, it costs £3.00 and will be on sale in the West End Car Park and various businesses in Fort William during the event.
As usual Nevis Radio will keep you up to date with the goings on at Parc Ferme from 7.00 – 11.00 GMT every day Monday to Saturday with David Ogg, Si Abberley and John Weller… of yes, I almost forgot, Trials Guru (The Moffster) will make his annual return to the airwaves!