SCOTTISH SIX DAYS TRIAL 2019:
Main photo credit: Nigel Pearson/Trials UK Media
Excitement builds as the 2019 Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) gears up to continue its long history when it takes place from Monday 6th May through to Saturday 11th May.
280 riders from the far corners of the world will descend on the loch side town of Fort William to face the annual challenge that this iconic event delivers in the rugged Scottish Highlands every year.
This unique and hugely popular competition remains the most famous and one off event in the international trial calendar more than one hundred years after it was first run.
The complete entry list has been released by the Edinburgh and District Motor Club organising committee including the most successful SSDT rider of all time, reigning and twelve times winner Dougie Lampkin.
Doug said recently, “I am burning to win another Scottish to equal a record of World Championships set by Spanish racer Angel Nieto. He won thirteen titles but being superstitious he called it twelve plus one. It would be really cool to have 12 plus 1 Scottish Six Days victories.”
However, The stage is now set for another epic head to head with fellow British rider, James Dabill but there is a very strong line-up with the likes of brothers Dan and Jack Peace, Jack Price and Michael Brown.
The Continental threat looks like coming from young Spanish rider Francesc Moret while countryman and former winner, the ever popular veteran Amos Bilbao will ride a factory Montesa in the event. Bilbao won the event in 2002.
No fewer than nine Ladies are proud to take their places including World Champion Emma Brisow and German challenger Theresa Bauml.
The Scottish Six Days Trial’s standing in the World attracts an eclectic overseas invasion. 2019 is no different and no fewer than 58 riders from outside the British Isles representing a total of 12 countries.
The largest foreign country represented is Spain which boasts 20 entries, led by the popular Carles Casas who this year, along with lesser-known countryman Cesar Lopez, will be competing in his 30th SSDT. Francesc Moret, an experienced Spanish rider on the European and World Championship scene will certainly be a contender for a top 10 place.
Another interesting newcomer is Italian Beta rider Filippo Locca. Vet Dennis Sweeten is a regular from the United States and other familiar faces include Swiss Dominique Guillaume, German Jan Peters and former SSDT winner and World Champ Gilles Burgat from France.
Kevin Gundry and Gary Samson represent New Zealand while fellow Antipodeans Luke Anderson and Connor Hogan fly from Australia. Stir in several entries from Costa Rica and Daniel Santos representing Guatamala and you have a truly International field heading for Scotland in May.