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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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Be part of the action!

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Virtual SSDT 2020

Words: Trials Guru
Photo credits: Nige Pearson/TrialsMedia UK; Iain Lawrie/Kinlochleven; Peter Bremner/Inverness; Heather Mead Photography/Dingwall; Ray Foulds/Glasgow; Roz Price/Abergavenny; Alastair-Anthony MacMillan Studio/Fort William; Ian T. Robertson/Lasswade Iain C. Clark/Fort William; Eric Kitchen/Carnforth; Colin Bullock/CJB Photographic; Ray Biddle/Birmingham; Kim Ferguson-Kimages/Spean Bridge. (all photographs are world-wide copyright).
Thanks to the committee, SSDT and the Edinburgh & District Motor Club Ltd (organisers of the Scottish Six Days Trial since 1911)
Special Thanks: To all the landowners who provide the ground for this amazing event, the local station Nevis Radio and the accommodation establishments and the people of Fort William.

In the first full week in May, we are usually camped up at Fort William in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. However 2020 was to be the year when the actual Scottish Six Days Trial event could not take place because of the Covid-19 virus pandemic.

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Trials Guru decided to have a virtual SSDT instead, using some photographs from previous events just to remind readers what a unique and special event the SSDT really is.

Hold on tight, feet up, LET’S GO!

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Let the SSDT music Burst Out!

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Preparation:

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Mike McCabe - 1973 - SSDT

Colin Dommett - Running repairs on the Ossa - SSDT

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The Town of An Gearasdan (Fort William) is alive!

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Machine Examination:

Tommy Ollerton - 1962 SSDT

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The Parade:

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Ash Davidson - 2016 - Kimages

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Sandra Gomez 2016 - Parade - Kimages

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Day One, the start:

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Start 7 30 AM 1997 1

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All systems go!

SSDT 2017 - Ross Noble Trials UK photo

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SSDT - Women Competitors

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1970 SSDT - Edramaucky

 

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Coutard SSDT

Sam Fack - Lagnaha - Kimages

Ouch! - Kimages

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Oliver Stampfli - 2015 - Kimages

Jack Sheppard - Nevis Forest - K

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Jack Styines - Nevis Forest - 2016 - K

Ken Perry - Kimages

Caros 2015 - Kimages

BHM Viney - SSDT 1955 (2)

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Billy Tiffen 1954 SSDT

Carlos Casas Fersit SSDT 2000

Olga K - SSDT

Mario Candellone - SSDT 2000

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Mick Andrews - Yamah - 1977 SSDT

1983 - SSDT - Vesty - CB pic

Kinloch Rannoch - 1953 SSDT - TR - Ray Biddle

1978 SSDT MC Rathmell - JY

1988 - SSDT - Steve Saunders - Fantic - Ben Nevis - JH

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John Luckett  (Bultaco) Grey Mares Ridge 1968 SSDT

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1977 Schreiber SSDT

1953 SSDT - Inshriach - Creag An Eilein - Ray Biddle

1959 - SSDT - Glenogle - John Davies Photo

Donald Buchan - 2019 SSDT Windows

1971 - SSDT - 1

SSDT 1958 - J D Williamson & TAM

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Josep Jo Montesa 1981 SSDT

Rob Edwards - 1976 SSDT - Eric Kitchen Worldwide Copyright

1961 - SSDT - George Noble - Grey Mares Ridge - Ray Foulds Photo

Rob Shepherd - Honda - 1977 SSDT

1971 SSDT - Laggan Locks

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The Finale!

Euan Campbell - Kimages

Final Machine Inspection:

1978 SSDT - Debbie

The Finish Interview:

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The Winners!

M C Rathmell - Winner - 1973 SSDT

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‘Cead Mile Failte’ – THE SSDT WILL RETURN – for THE 2021 EDITION!

 

SSDT 2021 decision on entries

With the cancellation and postponement of the majority of events due to the Covid-19 pandemic which has caused much disruption to the sport of trials since February, the committee of the annual Scottish Six Days Trial has made an unusual but fair decision to deal with the cancellation of their 2020 event which was to be held on May 4-9th.

in a statement which was released on social media platform, ‘facebook’ on Thursday 16th April, just over two weeks prior to when the event was to be run, it read:

So many of you have been waiting to see what will happen with regards to entries for 2021. Here is the news you have been waiting for… Everyone who had a confirmed and paid for entry for this year’s event is in the process of getting a full refund.

We will open online entries for the 2021 event as normal in October. We felt it is only fair that all 2020 entrants* who put in an application for the 2021 event will be offered a place before the remaining places are chosen by ballot from the remainder applicants.

*2020 entrants are those who had paid up entries as of the 16th March 2020.

 

What this means is that bona fide 2020 entrants will be granted preference to secure an entry for the 2021 event planned for May 3-8, 2021.

The only previous time the event had been cancelled, other than because of global warfare, was in 2001, this was caused by the UK ‘foot and mouth’ outbreak. At that time all entry fees were returned to entrants by the then SSDT Secretary, the late Ali Finlay. Entrants had subsequently to reapply the following year with no concession and a fresh ballot undertaken due to oversubscription.

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SSDT cancelled, so lets read about the trial itself

The news broke on March 16th 2020 that the annual Scottish Six Days Trial was not going ahead because of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) that had already become a pandemic.

But life goes on and the human race will survive beyond 2020.

So, as we will have more time on our hands, we should not get too wound up and sit back a relax for a while and if you haven’t already done so, read about this wonderful event.

It’s all here on Trials Guru:

Scottish Six Days Trial History

SSDT 2020 Cancelled

Monday 16th March 2020.

The 2020 Scottish Six Days Trial has been cancelled due to the worldwide pandemic of the Covid-19, known as the Coronavirus.

The difficult decision was made by the Scottish ACU (SACU) to cancel all motorcycle sport events in Scotland until the 31st May and this includes the SSDT and Pre’65 Scottish Trials in early May, which are permitted by the SACU.

In a statement on the SSDT website, Edinburgh & Dustrict MC Ltd Chairman, Peter Bremner posted:

“The Edinburgh and District MC confirm that the SSDT and the Pre’65 Scottish trials, due to be run in May, have been cancelled. Following advice from the Scottish Government, the Scottish Autocycle Union have cancelled all motorcycle sporting events up to 31 May. Competitors who have entered the events will be contacted shortly to advise on refunds and the next steps.”

Trials fans and riders the world over will be disappointed that the annual Highland Sporting Holiday has fallen victim to the disease, the only other time the event has been cancelled was in 2001 with the UK ‘Foot & Mouth’ outbreak. The only other years of cancellation were the two World Wars.

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SSDT Goes Electric

Photo: Electric Motion

The Scottish Six Days Trial will rewrite the history books on May 4th 2020 with the arrival of two electric trials machines in the event for the first time ever.

The French Electric Motion company (EM) have entered two riders in the event, in the shape of former Trial World Champion, Spain’s Marc Colomer and experienced British rider and EM importer Matthew Alpe. Both riders will compete in the event on the latest EM machinery.

Colomer not only won the FIM Trial World Championship in 1996, he was also crowned the first ever Trial-E  World Champion in 2017. Marc is no SSDT newcomer either having competed for the first time in 2006 when he finished ninth overall and was a member of the winning Gas Gas manufacturers’ team. He returned the following year to take seventh place on the prototype four-stroke Scorpa. He has since been involved in the development of several different trials marques including: Scorpa, Gas Gas, Ossa and now EM.

With electric vehicles of all types undergoing massive development it was inevitable that the Scottish Six Days Trial would eventually be targetted and, as it always has, the unique event will contribute positively to the development of the machines.

The SSDT organisers are challenged with a new form of motorcycle propulsion and have already addressed the different safety aspects, logistics and refuelling arrangements necessary both for this year and also going forward, as the use of electricity to power motorcycles progresses in future.

In an ever evolving world, where green credentials are ever more important, welcoming electric machinery to The Scottish is a positive and momentous move.

Finally, some humour was injected by club stalwart Rab Paterson who quipped, “I hope these electric bikes will be fitted with cardboard ‘flippers’ jammed in the swinging arm poking into the spokes so that they make a ‘brrrrrrrrrr’ noise, like we used to do on our pushbikes – or we will never hear them coming!”

Article source: SSDT Media/Press Release

The big 25:1 SSDT Challenge

Scottish Six Days Trial veteran Mark Lamplough is a glutton for punishment. He is attempting to raise £20,000 by taking on his 25th SSDT ride in company with his friend Darren Clover, taking part in his first SSDT on May 4-9.

Having ridden as a member of the British Army team for many of his 24 rides, Lamplough stopped riding the annual Highland event in 2007 vowing that it would be his swan-song.

Mark: “The Scottish is by far the best trial in the world, there is nothing else like it and I have not only competed in twenty-four, but have lasting memories of all of them. My riding partner will be Darren Clover, we served together all those years ago and he is the founder of ‘Bike Tours for the Wounded’ which help support wounded, injured and sick British Service Veterans through motorcycling. The value of this cannot be expressed in words, you have to be part of it to see the benefits. This is why we thought up the twenty-fifth challenge by riding the 2020 Scottish Six Days. We want to raise as much money as possible this week, help us make a real contribution to helping those who have served our country and paid a hefty price doing so.”

Donations for the challenge can be made on a website, follow this link:

25:1 SSDT CHALLENGE

Schreiber for 2020 SSDT

Bernie Schreiber has accepted the invitation of the organising committee of the Edinburgh & District Motor Club Ltd as Guest of Honour for the 2020 Scottish Six Days Trial on 4-9th May at Fort William.

A press release issued on 12th January 2020 by the SSDT is available to read here: Schreiber SSDT Guest.

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

Bernie attended a couple of events in the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA in 2019 as a Guest of Honour and hosted a series of trials schools called the ZEROBS Schreiber Experience, which were well attaended and well received.

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1977 Californian American, Bernie Schreiber (325 Bultaco) on Blackwater watched by Martin Lampkin – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

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SSDT 1980 – Bernie Schreiber on the Bultaco attempts Pipeline at Kinlochleven – Photo: Jimmy Young.