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SSDT 2021 Cancelled

A statement was issued on Monday 28th December by the Edinburgh & District Motor Club Chairman, Peter Bremner that the 2021 Scottish Six Days Trial, one of the oldest motorcycle competition events in the world has been cancelled.

This will be the second year in succession that the event has been forced to cancel due to the Covid-19 pandemic and excluding the two world conflicts 1914-18 and 1939-45, the third time that a disease has disrupted the event. The previous disruption was twenty years ago in 2001 caused by the UK ‘Foot & Mouth’ animal contageon.

The SSDT is very much a family event with riders supporters who bring much needed income to the Fort William and surrounding economy every May time. (Photo: Trials Media UK/Nigel Pearson)

The statement reads:

“It is with a heavy heart that the Edinburgh and District Motor Club has taken the decision, as a result of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, to cancel the 2021 SSDT and the Pre’65 Scottish trials.

We realise that this will be a massive disappointment to many people. However, we are making an early, logical decision to provide fans and everyone else involved in the event as much notice as possible.

Competitors who have entered the events will be contacted shortly after the two organising committees have met to decide on the way forward.”

The SSDT has a fantastic history dating back to 1909 when the event was a five day trial which traversed all over Scotland – (Detail courtesy of John Moffat SSDT Memorabilia Archive)

Trials Guru’s founder, John Moffat commented:

“It is really sad news for all trials enthusiasts that the Edinburgh club have had to take this very difficult decision to cancel the SSDT for the second year in succession. The event brings in around two million pounds to the local community each year and that cannot be replaced.

Being a large event with close to three hundred competitors, I am sure this news will send a massive ripple outwards across the trials world and has dashed the hopes of many riders, young and old who aspire to ride this iconic event. It is a trial that has no parallel in modern times, be that in distance covered and in stature throughout the world.

The cancellation of the SSDT comes just one month after the announcement by the Isle of Man government that the famous TT Races on the Island suffered a similar fate.

This early cancellation policy is taken to ensure a logical decision is achieved given the circumstances and to provide certainty and clarity to riders, spectators, the factories, officials and everyone else involved in the event, which includes local people who run accommodation establishments.

I truly hope that the townspeople of Fort William and those in Lochaber, will welcome the Scottish Six Days back in 2022.”

A young Mick Andrews, a multiple winner of the SSDT seen here on his factory AJS on Loch Eild Path in the 1963 SSDT – Photo: Mike Davies

SSDT Faces Loss of Land

The Scottish Six Days Trial, organised since 1911 by the Edinburgh & District MC Ltd, faces yet more land challenges thanks to illegal use of private roads and moorland in the Scottish Highlands.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, 15th July on social media, the committee issued a warning that land in the Rannoch area could be lost to the event if illegal use continues.

It is an offence to use Forest and Land Scotland property for off-road vehicle activity without written permission and indeed vehicles have been seized by Police Scotland in the past and riders/drivers charged accordingly. Forest & Land Scotland rarely allows permission without payment of an agreed fee.

The land in the Scottish Highlands can be very sensitive and therefore off road motorcycle and other activity is not welcome at certain times of the year and indeed at any time if permission is not sought and obtained.

The statement on social media ‘facebook’ read:

“SSDT risks losing access to a major estate due to illegal riding.

Despite the current lockdown, some people are choosing to flout the rules and risk the future of our sport by illegally riding on private land and forestry.

Illegal activity on forestry land and unauthorised uses of Private Venues is a criminal offence and puts all legitimate events at risk.

The Edinburgh & District MC have been approached by a major estate concerned about unauthorised riding around the Rannoch area. If this continues, the SSDT could lose the entire Thursday route, a route that has been part of the event for decades.

One of the major concerns is the environmental impact of using motorised vehicles off road in areas with fragile ecosystems. Particularly at this time of year, the remote parts of Scotland are the habitat of endangered ground nesting birds and other wildlife extremely vulnerable to disturbance. The SSDT and other off-road motorcycle events are carefully organised taking these factors into consideration and working with bodies such as Scottish Natural Heritage ensure that events cause minimum impact. Unauthorised indiscriminate riding over these estates can undo years of good work and cause irreparable damage to wildlife and the environment.

Some individuals seem to think that old drove roads and tracks are vehicular rights of way – in fact there are very few rights of way for motorised vehicles in Scotland. Most have an average length of less than 1 mile and are short stretches of roads that have not been adopted by the local authority. None of the off-road routes that the SSDT use are vehicular rights of way, they are all privately owned and using motorised vehicles on them is not permitted without specific consent from the landowner.

The club has, for over a century, had a fantastic relationship with the estates that the event passes through – I am sure that nobody would like to jeopardise this historic event through thoughtless unauthorised riding.”

Nevis Radio Fund Raiser Plea

You will all remember the superb 2020 ‘Virtual Scottish Six Days Trial’ run in association with Trial Magazine and Michelin along with the superb guys from Nevis Radio a few weeks ago. It was a huge hit with the many listeners around the globe.

Nevis Radio have their crowd funding effort on the go and have found a funder who has made a committment to match fund their total amount. They have a month left to try and up the total and then to double it.

Yes we all know it’s challenging times at the moment, but if anyone can help could you please click on the link below and donate an amount of your choice and support such a worthy cause.

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Nevis Radio 2020 SSDT The Finale

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The final day coverage of the 2020 SSDT (Virtual) with presenters: John Weller & Simon Abberley with commentators: John Moffat (Trials Guru) and John Hulme (Trial magazine UK).

Today’s guests were: Yrjo Vesterinen; Steve Saunders and Steve Colley with Andy James of Michelin

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SSDT 1980 – Yrjo Vesterinren – Montesa – Muirshearlich

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SSDT 1990 – Steve Saunders – Beta – Fersit

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SSDT 2000 winner: Steve Colley – Beta – Leanachan

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Nevis Radio Thursday 2020 SSDT

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Playback of the Nevis Radio broadcast from the fourth day of the virtual SSDT 2020.

Featuring 5 times winner of the SSDT, ‘Magical’ Mick Andrews and 3 times winner of the SSDT, James Dabill. With John Hulme of Trial Magazine UK.

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James Dabill (Vertigo) on Chairlift – © – Image: Trial Magazine UK

Presenters: John Weller and Simon Abberley of Nevis Radio.

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Nevis Radio Wednesday SSDT 2020

Recording of the Wednesday broadcast of Nevis Radio 2020 SSDT Virtual.

Featuring 1979 World Trials Champion and 1982 SSDT winner, BERNIE SCHREIBER; 11 times Scottish Champion Gary Macdonald; Vince Macintosh and John Hulme of Trial Magazine, plus usual Nevis Radio presenters, John Weller and Simon Abberley.

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Nevis Radio Tuesday SSDT 2020

Here is the playback of Tuesday’s SSDT 2020 (virtual) broadcast on Nevis Radio, Fort William. It features: Carlos Casas, the SSDT ambassador for Spain; Emma Bristow, six times Female FIM World Trials Champion, Jeff Horne (SSDT Clerk of Course) and John Hulme of Trial Magazine UK.

Recorded live at Fort William, Scotland. 5th May 2020 – Image courtesy: Nigel Peirson/Trials Media UK

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Nevis Radio Monday SSDT 2020

The recording of the Monday SSDT Virtual radio broadcast on Monday 4th May, 2020.

Featuring Gary Macdonald, 11 times Scottish Trials champion and the most successful Scottish rider of all time; John Hulme of Trial magazine UK; Trials Guru’s John Moffat and presenters John Weller and Simon Abberley of Nevis Radio. (57:58 running time)

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Nevis Radio – SSDT 2020

Live from Fort William, the outdoor Capital of the UK!

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With the 2020 SSDT cancelled, Nevis Radio have decided to host a live, star-studded SSDT feature each morning beginning at 10:00 GMT – hosted by Simon Abberley and featuring regular SSDT commentators, John Moffat of Trials Guru and John Weller of Nevis Radio. Starting Monday 4th May, 2020!

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It will be broadcast live and will be all SSDT talk, remembering trials of yesteryear and  a few special SSDT guests joining in the fun. Two world champions and three SSDT former winners!

Monday 4th May – The guest will be local man, 11 times Scottish Trials Champion, GARY MACDONALD, the highest placed Scottish rider in the SSDT for 75 years!

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Gary MacDonald is the most successful Scottish trials rider of all time.

Tuesday 5th May, the guest will be CARLOS CASAS from Olot in Spain! The Catalunian SSDT super-fan who has ridden the SSDT as far back as 1979. He will be joined during the hour long feature by Ladies World Trials Champion, EMMA BRISTOW.

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Carlos Casas is the SSDT super-enthusiast.

The Wednesday 6th May broadcast will be a little longer in duration and we hope to include BERNIE SCHREIBER, the 1979 World Trials Champion and SSDT winner in 1982 and John Hulme of sponsors, Trial Magazine UK to discuss the ‘Scottish’ in more depth.

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Bernie Schreiber on his factory SWM on his way to win the 1982 SSDT – Photo: John Honeyman

Thursday 7th May: former multiple SSDT winner ‘Magical’ MICK ANDREWS will be guesting! He will be joined by the 2019 SSDT winner, JAMES DABILL.

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Mick Andrews  – Photo copyright: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

Friday 8th May: YRJO VESTERINEN, SSDT winner in 1980 and three times World Trials Champion will be on air live at 10:00 GMT.

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SSDT 1980 winner – Yrjo Vesterinen – Montesa on Muirshearlich – Photo: Iain Lawrie

Also on Friday 8th May, ‘Vesty’ will be joined by 1990 SSDT winner and former British Trials Champion, STEVE SAUNDERS.

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SSDT 1990 winner – Steve Saunders – (260 Beta) on ‘Fersit’

To listen to these broadcasts, if you live in the Fort William area, then it’s on your radio, by tuning into Nevis Radio on the usual frequencies: 96.6; 102.3 or 102.4 FM.

If you wish to listen in live anywhere else then this can be done via the Nevis Radio website:

Go to : www.nevisradio.co.uk

Then: Click on ‘LISTEN NOW

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This will bring up a device player as shown here:

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Then click on the start triangle symbol, to start listening to the station live!

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It’s as simple as that!

Monday 4th to Friday 8th May for Nevis Radio SSDT 2020!

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