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SSDT Radio is back

Local community radio station NEVIS RADIO, Fort William is once again giving air time over to the SSDT from Monday 6th May to Saturday 11th May 2019 every morning from 07:00 – 11:00 GMT with an extended programme on the Saturday.

FM: 102.3 MHz. – RDS name: Nevis_FM (Skye & Mallaig)
FM: 102.4 MHz. – RDS name: Nevis_FM (Loch Leven)
FM: 96.6 MHz. – RDS name: Nevis_FM (Fort William)

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Simon Abberley is the Nevis Radio anchorman for SSDT Radio

This service has been running for many years now and is fronted by regular morning DJ Simon Abberley who will act as station anchorman with John Weller (head of music) and guest presenter, John Moffat of Trials Guru keeping the chat lively every day.

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John Weller (left) of Nevis Radio will be fronting the SSDT Radio show with Guest Presenter, Trials Guru’s John Moffat (right) – Photo courtesy of Trials UK Media/Nigel Pearson

The SSDT morning show is sponsored by Michelin Competition and Trial Magazine UK.

You can listen in live by your mobile device by copying the link or using the QR from the official programme on page 11.

Rider interviews will be undertaken when time allows during each morning and a ‘Moffster Live Cam’ will be in use at the Parc Ferme with live feed direct from the Fort William start base.

Simon Abberley has all six routes uploaded for the video feeds.

Guest of Honour this year is 1969 SSDT winner Bill Wilkinson who will be interviewed as he flags off the 281 competitors, starting with rider number one, Carlos Casas, the first Spaniard to lead off the SSDT in the events’ 108 year history at 07:30 GMT. Nevis Radio will try to speak with Carlos on Monday morning.

There will also be some live interviews from past winners during the week including 1982 SSDT winner and 1979 World Champion, Bernie Schreiber, live from Zurich, Switzerland.

Trials Guru’s John Moffat said: “This will be my twelfth year helping Nevis Radio with their SSDT coverage, which has improved year on year with new ideas being introduced each year which is fantastic. I really enjoy promoting the sport of trials both through my own website, Trials Guru and Nevis Radio.”

John Hulme of Trial Magazine UK stated: “I’m delighted to have been able to support Nevis Radio with their outside broadcasts during the Scottish Six Days Trial for some years now and I know that Michelin take a great interest in the broadcasts, which is all good for the event and the sport.”

Nevis Radio have secured a broadcast unit from where the outside broadcasts will take place from the local division of MOWI ASA (formerly Marine Harvest) and wish to thank the group for their co-operation and generosity during SSDT week.

Live video and drone footage from this years’ SSDT will be supplied by John Hird and Matt Betts direct to Nevis Radio, this is the first time this has been done.

So, as they say, watch this space!

Listen Live: HERE (remember to tap on the arrow to start listening!)

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Ronnie is the piper for SSDT ’19

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Carlos Casas will ride number 1 this year, piped away at 07:30 by local lad, Ronnie McIntosh of Fort William

The Scottish Six Days Trial gets underway in a weeks time, Monday 6th May, 2019.

First man away will be veteran SSDT competitor, Carlos Casas from Olot in Catalunya on his Vertigo, celebrating 30 rides in the annual event, flagged away by the 1969 Scottish winner, Bill Wilkinson who is guest of honour this year.

The man piping Carlos down off the start ramp at precisely 07:30 will be local lad, 15 year old Ronnie McIntosh from Fort William, a pupil at Lochaber High School.

Unfortunately the official programme was printed before Ronnie agreed to do the task, of which he is incredibly proud, it was performed ably last year by another local lad, Andrew Orr.

Local trials enthusiast and Chairman of the Lochaber Piping Society, Mr Ken Cameron from Fersit who arranges the piper for the SSDT start said: “I picked up a copy of the official programme this morning and to my horror I discovered that we hadn’t told the programme editor about Ronnie being the official piper this year. I immediately contacted John Moffat about the oversight. We are all very sorry that Ronnie’s name has been missed out”.

Ronnie McIntosh is trained by the respected and renowned tutor Iain MacFadyen of Kyle of Lochalsh. As well as being a solo piper, Ronnie plays in the Lochaber Pipe Band.

It is hoped that John Moffat will be able to interview young Ronnie on Nevis Radio immediately following his performance of the piping duties early on Monday morning before he heads off back home for his breakfast.

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SSDT Routes revealed

With little more than a week until the world famous Scottish Six Days Trial takes place, the organising Edinburgh and District Motor Club have released the Trial’s Daily Routes, including mileages and observed hills (sections) exclusively available on the event website at http://www.ssdt.org.

Under the guidance of Clerk of the Course Jeff Horne, the Edinburgh and District team have, as ever, plotted a totally different course for each day, varying in mileage from 60 to 107 with a total of over 500 miles being travelled by the competitors during the six days of the event. On top of the long, hard miles on a Trials bike, each day also provides 30 observed sections to test the riders.

The traditional Bank Holiday Monday opening route eases competitors into the week over 71 miles featuring early morning action at Leanachen before heading up to Spean Bridge and then across to Kinlochleven via Blackwater to finish at the very popular Lagnaha sections.

Tuesday sees the return of a familiar route after the team gave the ground a rest in 2018. The second day of competition starts with a 24 mile road ride north to historic Laggan Locks before heading over the moors to spectator favourite, Creag Lundie.

The rest of the week takes in many of the now famous groups with Friday featuring the traditional road based 101 mile ride round the stunning Moidart peninsula before the final day on Saturday, a mere but challenging 60 miles finishing on the lower slopes of Ben Nevis, of course not forgetting the final observed section up Town Hall Brae for the benefit of the Fort William locals!

The club reminds spectators to take care when parking – DO NOT cause an obstruction and please be courteous to local traffic on the single-track roads.

Remember there is no off road access for spectators on motorcycles. Unofficial use of motorcycles could result in the loss of access to land critical for the future of the event.

Full details of the routes are at www.ssdt.org and official programmes are available at local outlets in and around Fort William as far south as Glencoe. Look for this poster.

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SSDT Windows 2019

The ‘SSDT Windows’ are back again for 2019.

Organised by Trials Guru on behalf of the Scottish Six Days Trial committee, dealers and importers will be contributing their trials machines to be put in selected shop windows along the High Street in Fort William for the duration of this year’s event (Monday 6th – Saturday 11th May). The display which has become very much a part of the SSDT week, it stretches the full length from the West End down to Nevisport. A bumper nine machines will be on display this year.

A special tribute will be set up in the window of Marshall & Pearson, 35 High Street with a very ‘local’ connection. It is the 1959 BSA C15T that was owned new in that year by Ron Thomson, a well-known local man, but there is a story to it which is told in the official programme which goes on sale locally on Saturday 27th April.

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Ron Thomson with the only C15 BSA to finish in the 1959 SSDT. All the works bikes retired that year. Photo taken at Gorgie Market, Edinburgh. Photo Courtesy of Mrs. Helen Thomson, Fort William

The little BSA is now owned by enthusiast Steve Owen who was happy for the machine to be displayed in the town during this year’s event which marks the 60 years since it was ridden in the trial.

And to make things even more special with SSDT Windows this year, we have secured the 1969 SSDT winning machine of Bill Wilkinson, his 250cc Greeves Anglian (WWC169F) which will be on show in the front window of VisitScotland’s Fort William iCentre. Bill will be the Guest of Honour at this year’s Scottish to mark the 50 years since his historic win. Read all about it in the Official SSDT Programme.

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Bill Wilkinson (250 Greeves) on Edramucky in the 1969 SSDT – This very machine will be on display during SSDT week in Fort William.

If you are in Fort William for the SSDT, then remember to have a look at ‘SSDT Windows’ when you are there, it all adds to the atmosphere of this very special event.

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