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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Spanish Federation pulls plug on all Trials activity

The Spanish motorcycle sport federation RFME (Real Federacion Motociclista Espanola – Royal Spanish Motorcycle Federation) has taken the unprecedented step of advising member organisations and affiliated motorcycle clubs to instruct their members to leave their bikes in the garage and don’t even ride for practice during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

These steps have been taken as Spain’s hospitals are struggling to cope with the admissions of patients with the Covid-19 virus which has spread at an alarming rate throughout Spain in the last few weeks.

It won’t be a popular directive with riders, but it does put the sport in a position of being seen to be very responsible when so many lives are at risk. Motorsport comes with risks and even trials riding has risks attached and this is not a good time to sustain an avoidable injury. The federation is urging riders to stay safe during the crisis and not ride at all.

At a time when emergency services are stretched to the limit, it calls for a measured approach with a coherent plan of action, the RFME have done this using social media to publicise their advice.

They are quoted as saying on facebook:

“Once declared the state of alarm we cannot overload the health system with a possible accident completely avoidable, the best thing is that we park our bikes for a few days stay at home. Which doesn’t mean we park our hobby, that’s why during these days we are going to make you some recommendations to make the quarantine more bearable, on two “virtual” wheels.”

This is also seen as a defensive or protective course of action taken by the national motorcycling governing body, as it is believed that Spanish Emergency Powers Legislation classify sporting injuries as an act of negligence, without appropriate insurance cover, if sustained during a period when emergency powers are in place and carry significant penalties.

 

 

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

CLASSIC TRIAL MAGAZINE ISSUE 32 SPRING 2020

It’s that time again for all the subscribers to Classic Trial Magazine, Issue 32 should be dropping through your letterbox this week. Inside you will find all your Classic Trials News, Action, Events, Tests and so much more for you Classic – Retro addicted trials enthusiasts. It’s time for a brew a beer or maybe a wine for the ladies so park your feet up sit back and enjoy the read! 

Inside and full of action you will find:

International: 1980 FIM WTC from Great Britain – Mick Andrews Wins.                                                                                                                                            

Lost Gold: We find the Jim Sandiford Greeves Anglian SOO22D, in the USA.                                        

Celebration: InMotion Celebrate 20 Years of Twin-Shock Spares

Rare: WASP Trials Machines come under the Spotlight.

Man and Machine: Peter Zeh and his CZ Trials Machine.

Catch Up: Stig Karlson and his special Matchless.

2 (Medium)

Classic Competition: The 1970 Scottish Six Days.

3 (Medium)

Project: An Italian and English Aprilia.

4 (Medium)

Remembering: Ralph Venables, a Mind of Information.

5 (Medium)

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Bernie Schreiber website launch

1979 World Trials Champion, Bernie Schreiber has launched his new website to the trials world!

Brought up in Los Angeles, USA, Bernie now lives in Switzerland enjoying life and a rekindled interest in the sport that made him famous, having been the only American to take a World Trials title and a Scottish Six Days win, as well as numerous American trials titles.

A true ambassador for the feet up sport, he was best known as a factory rider for Bultaco, followed by Italjet, SWM, Fantic and Yamaha, in a career that started as a youth rider through to adult-hood.

He moved to live in Europe to gain worthwhile experience that he would never have gained staying Stateside. His World Trials victory was achieved at the age of 20, the youngest rider to take the coveted title for the Spanish Bultaco brand.

His new website is a committment to the sport of trials and will be enhanced as time allows.

Bernie June 2018
Trials Guru’s John Moffat has known Bernie Schreiber for a number of years.

Trials Guru is proud to be directly associated with Bernie Schreiber’s website and featured as a ‘partner’ in the venture.

Web hosting is provided by Heath Brindley of R2WRacing, another associate of Trials Guru.

Go directly to Bernie’s website: HERE

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