Trial Magazine - - TRADITIONAL -

The weather fore­cast can never be cer­tain in Scot­land, and on the open­ing day, the 282 rid­ers en­tered in this iconic event de­parted from the trial’s base at the West End car park in Fort Wil­liam to ride into the rain. Wrapped up in wa­ter­proofs the lead­ing rid­ers fo­cussed on the win­ner’s tro­phy soon set­tled and re­moved the early day nerves as only six rid­ers posted feet-up first-day scores to tie for the lead. These top six rid­ers were Jack Price, lo­cal rider Gary Mac­Don­ald, a pre­vi­ous two-time win­ner James Da­bill, the 2005 vic­tor Sam Con­nor, Andy Chilton and his Scorpa team-mate Thomas Minta, as the de­fend­ing Scot­tish Six Days Trial cham­pion Dougie Lampkin parted with a sin­gle mark. Cov­er­ing a to­tal of 71 miles, the rid­ers rode through 30 haz­ards to con­clude the first day. On paper, it had been a pretty easy day with the haz­ards rid­ing well, with only three re­tire­ments in­clud­ing the down­hill moun­tain bike cham­pion Steve Peat with a re­cur­ring el­bow in­jury. Af­ter the early morn­ing rain, the day fin­ished with a per­fect sun­set over the shores of Loch Linnhe, with the ma­chines put into the Parc Ferme overnight.

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