Red Bull athlete Dougie Lampkin – Vertigo has made the perfect start to the defence of his Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) title with him having remained absolutely faultless over the opening three days of competition to hold the lead at the halfway stage of this iconic event. Lampkin who is bidding to win this World famous almost week-long Trial for a record extending eleventh time has once again proved his desire to taste victory despite now also qualifying for the Over 40 award in the event.
After three months of intense training and preparation, all eyes were very much on the former multi FIM Trial World Champion as he got his 2017 Scottish campaign underway on Monday morning in exceptionally sunny and warm weather in the Highlands. Dougie did not disappoint the large crowds that lined the sections on the opening day as he opened his account with a clean ride through all of the thirty initial hazards that were scattered around the sixty-six-mile route for a five way share of the lead.
Although Lampkin admitted to having been ‘off-line’ a few times on day one, by Tuesday Dougie was fully in the groove and looked inch perfect on every occasion as he plotted his way through another thirty sections on the second day. With another feet-up day the defending SSDT champion moved into a clear lead, albeit with only a very slim margin as the sun shone overhead once again.
Another eighty-five miles of challenging ground greeted the remaining riders on Wednesday morning as the mini heatwave continued to bask Fort William and the surrounding landscape in bright sunshine. Following a familiar route Dougie looked very comfortable in day three’s thirty rocky hazards and again finished another gruelling day in the saddle without the loss of a single mark, this being the third day in a row he had achieved this incredible feat. At the mid-point in the 2017 SSDT Dougie had stretched his advantage at the top of the leader board, but only to three marks over Spain’s Jordi Pascuet.
Today will prove a tough task for Dougie, with the daily group number rotation putting him at the front of the running order, on what is the longest and potentially most difficult day of the week and thus forcing him to ride the sections in their most slippery state. However, with ten SSDT titles to his name, no one is better equipped than Dougie to deal with this added level of severity.
Speaking ahead of his early departure this morning Dougie said. “So far so good, things could not really have gone any better at the moment, but we are only halfway through the week and there is a long way to go and plenty of sections still to be ridden.”
“As we expected, the sections have been on the easy side so far and the sunny weather has certainly made conditions good too. That said that can all change, so it’s a case of taking each day as it comes and being somewhere near heading into Saturday.”
“Let’s get today out of the way and then we can regroup for the final couple of days. I am certainly not taken anything for granted, you never can at the Scottish.” Ended Dougie with a wry smile on his face.
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