The opening day of the 2015 Scottish Six Days Trial included 30 hazards over the 51 mile course. As the 280 riders departed from the event base in Fort William, the weather turned to showers, but luckily some sunny spells interrupted the rain, which then came back at the close of the day.
The entry is rotated on a daily basis, with the first 48 riders moved to the back after day one. This is the pattern that the organising Edinburgh and District Motor Club have followed over the years to ensure an even playing field for all competitors.
One of the pre-event favourites, James Dabill on the Vertigo, was at the front of the entry on day one with riding number 81. However, his score of one mark lost would keep the Michelin rider at the cutting edge of the leading positions. As it happened it was a Michelin lock-out, as the top five riders were all using the popular X-Light rubber to aid their challenges for victory in the prestigious event.
The club has a live results service running, but Sherco mounted riders, James Fry and Joe Baker, parted with no marks to head home last year’s winner Dougie Lampkin on the prototype Vertigo. Local rider Gary Macdonald on his Gas Gas and Ross Danby on an SXS were close in the final results along with Dabill who all parted with just one mark.