The wait is almost over, with the 2017 Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) ready to continue the long history of this iconic event when it takes place from Monday 1st May through to Saturday 6th May from its now established base in the loch side town of Fort William. Once again, an oversubscribed entry of almost three hundred riders from the far corners of the globe will descend to face the annual challenge, which is organised by Edinburgh and District Motor Club, that the rugged nature of the Scottish Highlands provides year on year. This unique and much revered competition remains the most famous and one off event in the international Trial calendar more than one hundred years after it was first run.
Over its prolonged history, the SSDT has witnessed many great and worthy winners, but not more so than the current title holder who will return this year in a bid to seal a record extending and almost unbelievable eleventh victory. Previously Sammy Miller and Mick Andrews held the most wins, with five apiece before Dougie Lampkin became the latest member of his famous family to get his hands on the towering silver trophy aged just eighteen and in doing so became the youngest ever winner of the SSDT back in 1994. Twelve months ago, Dougie notched up his tenth SSDT triumph aged forty to also become the oldest rider to ever claim the title.
Whilst there will be much focus on this year’s potential winners who will fight it out at the top end of the leader board, the SSDT is as much about the wide spectrum of other riders who for many just to complete the six tough days of competition is considered a victory in its own right. The field of two hundred and eighty professional and amateur riders includes representatives from nineteen nations with those from Australia and Costa Rica reinforcing the global appeal of the SSDT. The list of competitors also includes riders from Andorra, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and the home nations.
In addition to the stunning scenery, outstanding terrain and the sheer heritage of the SSDT, the fact that all the competitors irrespective of their status or ability still compete over the exact same course and sections is why the event continues to attract riders from all over the World. Click here for a day by day overview of what is in store at the 2017 SSDT.
Ahead of the main 2017 Scottish Six Days Trial, the now well established Pre-65 Scottish Trial will take place in and around Kinlochleven on Friday 28th / Saturday 29th April, before the focus switches to Fort William town centre for the opening parade on Sunday 30th April at 3pm. Daily spectator routes / maps and a full rider entry list can be found in the official SSDT Programme – now on sale at various local outlets in the Fort William area.
To find out more about the Scottish Six Days Trial, please visit the official website at www.ssdt.org.