WITH two gruelling days of the Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) under her belt, 20 year-old Emma Bristow, from Alford, Licolnshire, is leading the ladies class by a margin of nineteen marks.
It would be fair to say that running up to this iconic event, world number two, Rebekah Cook, was the girl to beat and the one that everyone would be watching, but whilst Becky has ridden well it has been Ossa mounted Emma who has stolen the show so far.
Said Emma; “Monday was a really good ride for me, I just managed to get into a comfortable pace quite quickly and come the end of the day I was more than pleased with my result having built up a small margin between me and the other girls.
“Tuesday was also good, I think the great weather always helps, it becomes a more enjoyable event as you are not constantly uncomfortable whilst riding on the road sections.”
2011 has seen only three women’s entries in total with Katy Sunter and Cook joining Bristow, each with an individual goal of being crowned the top female finisher.
Bristow, the world number four seed, signed for Ossa at the start of the season and it is clear to see that she has gelled well with the newly-developed Spanish machine.
“I instantly got on with the Ossa. It feels brilliant to be riding the new machine at the centenary edition of the SSDT – especially as my results have been positive so far. This is my fourth year riding the SSDT and it is an event I really enjoy, not only is it one of the world’s most famous trials, but it is also a great social event,” continued the Ossa teamster.
Emma faces stiff competition from the other female riders; however, she is also mixing it at the sharp end with the many male competitors.
After Monday night, Emma was 61st, overall, sharing 31 marks with her partner, James Fry. Another positive ride on Tuesday sees her lying in 66th position overall having increased her advantage to 19 marks over her closest female rival, Becky Cook. Team manager, Nigel Birkett, is also competing onboard an Ossa so a little ‘in house’ rivalry can be expected, although Bristow is winning by some margin at this point.
“For me my main target is to be the best performing female rider, but I would also like to finish in the top seventy five overall. I think my best result to date is somewhere in the nineties so 75th would be awesome; however, I am well aware that anything can happen in Scotland – it is far from predictable,” concluded Emma.
Marking its centenary, the 2011 Scottish Six Days Trial will take place throughout Lochaber, in the north-west Highlands between Monday 2nd and Saturday 7th May – for more details please visit www.ssdt.org.
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The sport of motorcycle trials is a test of riding skill over observed sections where the winner is determined by skill alone. When competitors ride each of the 30 testing sections every day their feet must remain on the footrests of the bike. They must negotiate steep gullies, slippery rock steps, rocky streams and boulder-strewn gorges. Sections vary in length and severity, and riders are penalised if they put their feet down to help them ride the section, and more so if they fail to negotiate the section in its entirety.
The Scottish Six Days Trial has the additional test of reliability over long distances, with riders completing up to 100 miles each day over a combination of rough moorland, rocky tracks and public roads; designed to challenge the ability, experience, strength and stamina of each rider and the reliability of the bike. There is also a set time within which each day’s route must be completed.
100 YEARS OF THE SCOTTISH SIX DAYS TRIAL
The event actually originated as a five-day reliability trial back in July 1909, before being extended to a six-day competition a year later. However, the start of the Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) proper as organised by the then newly-formed Edinburgh and District Motor Club began in 1911.
In those early years, the trial started and finished in Edinburgh with the route taking the riders to John O’Groats and back over the course of the week.
Fort William was introduced as the hub for the event in 1938, although the start and finish remained in Edinburgh, which continued to be the case until all links with the Scottish city were cut in 1977.
Today, the SSDT consists of six different daily routes that total approximately 500 miles, which begin and end in Fort William each day.
The Edinburgh and District Motor Club will once again be at the helm of this fantastic competition and will be responsible for upholding an event where club riders and the world’s best compete together over the same course that will include 30 boulder-strewn sections on each of the six days.
For more information on The Scottish Six Days Trial go to: http://www.g2fgroup.com/html/ssdt/docs/SSDT100.pdf
Previous winners of the Scottish Six Days – 1972-2010
2010 – Alexz Wigg – Beta 2009 – Dougie Lampkin – Beta 2008 – Dougie Lampkin – Beta 2007 – James Dabill – Montesa 2006 – Graham Jarvis – Sherco 2005 – Sam Connor – Sherco 2004 – Graham Jarvis – Sherco 2003 – Joan Pons – Sherco 2002 – Amos Bilbao- Montesa 2001- Cancelled – Foot + Mouth 2000 – Steve Colley – Gas Gas 1999 – Graham Jarvis – Bultaco 1998 – Graham Jarvis – Scorpa 1997 – Steve Colley – Gas Gas 1996 – Dougie Lampkin – Beta 1995 – Dougie Lampkin – Beta 1994 – Dougie Lampkin – Beta 1993 – Steve Colley – Beta 1992 – Steve Colley – Beta 1991 – Steve Saunders – Beta 1990 – Steve Saunders – Beta 1989 – Steve Saunders – Fantic 1988 – Steve Saunders – Fantic 1987 – Jordi Tarres – Beta 1986 – Thierry Michaud – Fantic 1985 – Thierry Michaud – Fantic 1984 – Thierry Michaud – Fantic 1983 – Toni Gorgot – Montesa 1982 – Bernie Schreiber – SWM 1981 – Gilles Burgat – SWM 1980 – Yrjo Vesterinen – Montesa 1979 – Malcolm Rathmell – Montesa 1978 – Martin Lampkin – Bultaco 1977 – Martin Lampkin – Bultac 1976 – Martin Lampkin – Bultac 1975 – Mick Andrews – Yamaha 1974 – Mick Andrews – Yamah 1973 – Malcolm Rathmell – Bultac 1972 – Mick Andrews – Ossa.
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