DAY 1: SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN
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.