HOW THE HELL... Ride the vertical
12-PAGE SPECIAL Trials legend Dougie Lampkin has won the World Trial title 12 times, and the Scottish Six Days Trial 10 times
‘On a trials bike you can climb a sheer cliff face of about two metres from a standing start. Add a small kicker and you can get up even further.
“I hold the front brake on to steady the bike and then with the bike in third gear, pull the clutch in and give it full revs while compressing the suspension. You need to treat a trials bike in exactly the same way you would when you physically jump – you compress your legs and leap. You compress the suspension and when it’s rebounding, let the clutch out, pull on the bars and leap!
“You need to hit the slope with the back wheel first as if you hit with the front you will just faceplant. Once the rear hits it will drive and you ride up the slope, helped by your momentum and the engine still being held flat-out. You only get around 50cm up the slope with the initial leap, the rest is drive, which is why you need to get almost under the slope on take-off. Just remember to lean forwards when the front goes over the top, if you lean back you will find that you fall down a slope far faster than you go up it.”