Since its origin in 1909, no other trial has captured the imagination of rider and spectator in the same way. Riders are lured to the SSDT from all over the world, and the event has the same status to trials riders as the Isle of Man TT has to road racers.
In a word, it's spectacular!
After two years Catherine has decided to step down from the post of SSDT secretary due to other commitments. I am sure that everyone who has had any involvement with her will join with us in thanking her for the excellent job she has done in helping to run the ‘best motorcycle trial in the World’.
This leave the position of Secretary vacant and the Club are keen to have a new secretary on board as soon as possible. If you are interested in this challenge please get in touch. The post is voluntary but gives an opportunity to be involved behind the scenes in an international event of high standing. It will give you excellent experience in event management and work with a great bunch of folk in delivering a world-class event.
As the majority of the entry system is now computerised an understanding of MS office is required. Location not critical but some visits to meetings in Scotland would be required. The big commitment is during the week of the event where you will be assisting to run the office at the hub of the SSDT.
Thats the office all packed up for another year and the team away home for a well earned rest! Congratulations to 1st place Dougie Lampkin, 2nd place James Dabill and third place Sam Connor! Also a massive congratulations and well done to all the other finishers!
A huge thank you to the organising committee, results team, observers and land owners. You put in so much work and without you the trial could not go ahead! Finally the biggest thank you of all goes to the riders, for some brilliant rides and keeping us entertained all week!
See you all in 2015!! Jen
That's me back from a very slippy Nevis Forest. Fantastic sections that we're taking lots of marks. Don't think there will be many cleans there today! Word on the street has it that the Ben sections were pretty tough too!
The results team are busy at work processing the scores! Books are coming in fast and furious with 3 still to come in! Don't forget the presentation starts tonight at 21:00!
While your getting ready for the presentation why not watch Bigfoots video for the day!
16 books in and processed, the back markers have now cleared Achintee. We are waiting for the books to arrive from Loch Chairain and The Gorge.
The first book are here and the team have started to key in the results. The first riders are passing heading for Achintee, Ben Nevis, Nevis Forrest and Town Hall Brae an excellent place to see the riders complete the last sections of the 2014 Trial. From there the finish ramp and a well earned refreshment await them in the West End Carpark and the SSDT Hub.
Well that's things all set up in the office and the girls are eagerly awaiting the first lot of books! Still pretty dry and almost sunny here!
Im off down to Town Hill Brae and the finish to take some photos!
Last day of SSDT 2014!! Things have been changing everyday at the top so it's all to play for! Why not head up the Ben to see the best of the action or down to Town Hill Brae and the Parke Ferme to watch the big finish!
It's still dry here at the moment and the sun is trying to peak out at the moment!!
After yet another damp start the day has cleared up ready for the tradition Saturday route around Ben Nevis. Lampkin still leads the trail after a difficult day yesterday loosing 7 marks taking his total to 13. Dabill dropping only 4 for the day trails on a total of 18. Every thing can change on Saturday.....
We'll today has proven tough at the top with high scores from lots of the top riders. Dougie Lampkin is still sitting in 1st palace with a total of 13. In 2nd place is James Dabill with 18 and in 3rd is Sam Connor with 19.
After today's tough day Saturday promises to be just as enthralIng. Lower Mamore and Pipeline kick off the day. It's then a trip up the Ben to Achintee, Ben Nevis and Nevis Forest sections, which can promise to be a trial decider. The day is finished with a trip up Town Hill Brae before the finish in the Park Ferme.
Don't forget to check out Bigfoots video for the day!
That's all the books keyed in, the results team are now doing their scrupulous final checks!
Scores on the doors are looking high tonight folks! It's been a pretty tough day out on the hill section wise, even if the weather was a little kinder! That's all the books in now and the team are furiously typing away to get them processed!!
That's me back from my wee trip around the peninsula. Brilliant drive round in the sunshine. Sections have been tough today and looks like there could be some high scores tonight! Lots of happy but tired faces on the ferry back home!
Thats dinner out in the office as we are now waiting for the other half of the books to come back across the ferry!
Some photos up on Facebook now for you to peruse!
The weather in the Fort has improved at the moment and hopefully it is being kind to the riders around today's route. The first set of books have arrived back at the office and the system will be updated shortly.
Its Friday and that can only mean one thing...a trip around the peninsula! A firm favourite for many riders and spectators for the wonderful scenery and a brilliant wee trip across the Corran ferry!
The weather is looking pretty good at the moment, still a bit overcast but we are keeping our fingers crossed!
Im away across the ferry too so more updates and photos to follow later in the day!
Friday's route takes the trial round the the peninsula. There are ample sectator sections in today's route but please take care when parking giving due consideration to other road users.
Thursdays new route saw the riders facing a range of new sections and old favourites! Dougie Lampkin is currently sitting on 6 after going clean today. Another rider that went clean for the day was Sam Haslam who is currently on 9. Two riders are tied in 3rd place on 14, James Dabill and Sam Connor.
The top 3 Scottish riders are, Gary MacDonald in 8th place with 23 dropped, Craig Houston in46th place with 24 dropped and Andrew Anderson in 50th place with 90 marks dropped.
Tomorrow sees us taking a trip over the ferry for a drive round the peninsula. The choice of sections is endless, favourites include Pipers Burn, WD's, Kilmalieu and Rubha Ruadh. Please remember if your heading round the peninsula to go in the same direction as the trial and park with careful consideration.
That's photos up for today folks!
Why not have a look at Bigfoots video for the day too!
Tomorrows route includes lots of road work around the peninsula. We have been informed that the fish farm at lochailort (pipers burn) will be offering car parking to the elderly or disabled. Please park considerately and only if you fit into these categories. Please also be considerate on the road tomorrow and don't go against the trial around the peninsula.
Books coming in thick and fast now. The girls are furiously typing after being fuelled by dinner from downstairs!
That's me back from Fersit! Brilliant day up there watching the sections in the almost sunshine. By all accounts a better day today, lots of the riders commenting on the absence of the rain being a big help!
Just uploading some photos now! Don't forget you can see previous days photos on Facebook too!
The first books have just arrives at the office at the same time as the early riders are passing on thier way back to the Parce Ferme. So far the rain has stayed away so the competitors are enjoying some respite from the poor conditions of the first 3 days.
Another new route today. Sections at Bradileig, Alt na Lairige and then on to the traditional favourite tests at Fersit. The weather looks more settled and at the moment, at least, is dry.
That's the results done for the night and a few surprises today! It's been a tough day by all accounts with hard sections and wet conditions.
Tonight Dougie Lampkin is in the lead with 6 dropped today. Closely followed by Sam Haslam on 9. Third place is tied between James Dabill, Sam Connor and Micheal Brown all on 14.
Tomorrow sees the riders covering a mainly off road route with favourites including Bradileig, Fersit and Annat. If you fancy a walk Fersit is not to be missed with new sections and old classics. If your not keen for a walk the step at the top of Trotters Burn always attracts a crowd!
Well with the results out before midnight tonight its time for a well deserved drink and an early night for the results team!
Don't forget to check out Bigfoots video for the day!
Well that's me back from a very wet Clachaig. Some brilliant new sections that proved tricky for some! Lots of riders have said it's been very wet today and sections have been difficult in the rain!
Thats 9 books in and being keyed now. Some very soggy books for the girls to decipher this afternoon!
Photos from Clachaig are up on Facebook now.
It's raining it's poring!! Bit wet here this morning to say the least but 1st lot of riders away over the hill to Callart! It's then on to Upper Mamore before heading down into Kinlochleven for School Falls and Grey Mares Tail. Pap of Glencoe and new sections at Clachaig follow that. Ending the day is the familiar sections at Lagnaha, although I'm told there may be a few sneaky changes!
I'm off to check out the new sections at Clachaig (I've heard the pub there does a good bowl of soup too!).
Well after one of the longest days in the trial with the furthest away sections the results are now all keyed in and checked! A few surprises today with only Dougie Lampkin remaining clean. Sam Connor and James Dabill are sitting close on his tail having dropped 2. Guy Kendrew, Sam Haslam and Michael Brown are on 3 marks dropped. Scottish rider Gary MacDonald is in 13th place with 9.
Tomorrow sees the riders covering a total of 73 miles taking in new and old sections. Perfect for spectating include School Falls and Grey Mares Tail in Kinlochleven if you fancy an early start, Pap of Glencoe and new sections at Clachaig and finally back to firm favourites Lagnaha.
That's the last of the books being keyed in and checked now. A few surprises here and there today!
In the meantime why not check out Bigfoots video for the day!
A few photos going up now too!
That's the last riders back ito the Parc Ferme, its been a long day out on the hill. Still keying books here in the office so keep watching the updates as they happen.
That's me back from an afternoon of spectating at Witches Burn! It stayed dry all afternoon and I even had the sunnies out. There were a few happy faces at getting to the top of the big waterfall at Witches and few spectacular crashes too! Sections have been proving tough today, even some of the top riders have been caught out. Rumour has it that it was pretty wet out on the hill today and things are a bit tight on time.
Ther is a bit of a lul here with the books and the team are just having their dinner. Some of us are off to the civic reception tonight but hopefully some photos to follow later.
The sun has come out and the books from Forrest Gate books have arrived, hopefully things will keep moving along smoothly. Our roving reporter will be back later with some tales of the day's action.
First books have just arrived at the office for the start of what we hope to be a shorter day. If you are having a problem accessing the Live Results Feed you can find the latest upload HERE.
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That's things all set up in the office now for another busy afternoon. All the bikes will be away now from the park ferme and on the cold road to Laggan Locks. Hopefully the steep and rumbley climb to the top will warm them up! I'm off out to some sections so give us a wave if you see me!
Good morning everyone! Looking out the window this morning it's a bit grey and the top of the Ben is not quite visible. It's dry at the monent so hopefully it will stay that way, although I'm reliably informed it's been rather wet at Witches burn this morning!
Today sees the route taking in some old favourites and 95 miles of course. First off is Laggan Locks and Forest Gate, some brilliant sections but an early trip out to watch. From there its on to Meall Damh and Creag Lundie, the later always a firm favourite for some spectating. Finally it's on to Loch Arkaig and Witches Burn. Witches Burn is back this year after a break and with some changes looks like they will be some brilliant sections.
I'll be out and about this afternoon so hopefully will have some photos to follow this evening!!
Thanks to the new girls in the office tonight who have put in a power of works to get the results out. Currently there are 3 riders clean for the day, Dougie Lampkin, James Dabill and Sam Connor. However there are a few close on their tails including Micheal Brown and Alexz Wigg on 1 and Jack Sheppard, Jordi Picola, Sam Haslam, Ricky Wiggins and Jordi Pascuet on 2. We shall see what tomorrow brings!
Tomorrows route sees a further 30 sections returning to the traditional Tuesday route! Favourites include Lagan locks, forest gate, Craig lundie and Witches burn.
Here is the first days videos from Bigfoot!
That's everyone back in the office now and things are all go entering the scores and time cards. I've been out and about today seeing some sections and taking in some of the sights! First we had a ride out past the wooden statue of the nun (hopefully you all gave her a wave on your way past) and then on to some brilliant sections at Bradileig where we watched some fantastic rides. From there it was further up "the penny path" to Carn Dearg and Glas Bheinn. Finally we dropped down past the Blackwater dam, a fantastic sight to see looming out the mist, to Coire Mhorair. Didn't see too many 5's up the big waterfall here but I was told there had been a few sore ones during the day!
Thats the first books in from Lagnaha but still a few more to come!!
5 Sections in and entered in the results system 37 riders clean after these sections and as far as we are aware the weather is being kind so far.
The first batch of route cards from the first 50 riders who are safely back in the parc ferme have also arrived in the office.
Welcome to th e first day of the 2014 Scottish Six Days Trial. The weather in the Fort this morning was at least dry in not warm. A full field of 279 riders were lead away by Iain Shankie cheered away by a crowd of enthusiastic supporters.
The route is very similar to last year starting at the traditional sections at Leanachen then onto Bradilieg.
The first books have just come in and the new team of Susan, Trix and Jean are undergoing a crash course in results processing. Hopefully the first update to the results display will happen within the hour.
· Saturday 3rd May
20:00 hrs Welcome Ceilidh – SSDT Hub, West End Car park, Fort William
· Sunday 4th May
10:00 hrs Registration Opens – Ben Nevis Hotel, Fort William
10:00 hrs Machine Examination Opens – West End car park, Fort William
12:30 hrs Registration Closes
13:00 hrs Machine Examination Closes
15:00 hrs Riders Assembly for Parade – West End car park, Fort William
15:30 hrs Riders Parade - High Street, Fort William
· Monday 5th May
07:30 hrs First rider away – West End car park, Fort William
· Saturday 10th May
21:30 hrs SSDT 2014 Awards Ceremony – An Aird, Fort William
This year we have been very fortunate to gain some new terrain and sections to utilise in the event some of which has never been used before. Whilst there is not a great deal for the spectators to see I believe the competitors will enjoy the route and the sections we have introduced. There are a number of restrictions and constraints in place over the new areas (too many to list) and I must stress that where you come across restricted areas and signs please do not ignore them. These are in place to ensure we can continue to use the ground in years to come and more importantly not damage the surrounding countryside. So please do not be tempted you may jeopardise the future of the event. Thank you.
Full maps and spectator details are available in this years Scottish Six Days Programme which is available in and around the Fort William area before and during the Trial.
With just over a week to go before the 2014 Pre’65 Scottish Trial gets underway on Friday 2 May, the organising committee are working hard to make this the best one yet as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. The new committee have worked tirelessly to resolve many of the problems that beset the 2013 event and are looking forward to seeing all their hard work come to fruition. One major change is that the Machine examination will take place on Thursday between 2.30pm and 7.30pm and new Machine Examiner, Willie Stewart is looking forward to meeting all the competitors.