Trial Magazine - - SSDT -

This year the Scot­tish Six Days Trial had nine ladies en­tered, from three na­tions. This event pushes the lim­its of the bound­aries of both phys­i­cal and men­tal ex­er­tion way be­yond many other fe­male sports. In this male dom­i­nated event only two of them failed to fin­ish, led all the way by the World and Bri­tish tri­als cham­pion Emma Bris­tow.

Great Bri­tain’s Emma Bris­tow al­ways has her sights set on the six days of rid­ing at the Scot­tish. A very strong com­peti­tor rid­ing the fac­tory sup­ported Sherco, she once again dom­i­nated the class lead­ing the ladies home in 42nd po­si­tion. She was fol­lowed home by the new Gas Gas rider and 2016 Su­per En­duro Cham­pion San­dra Gomez in 96th po­si­tion. San­dra en­joyed a week-long fight with TRS mounted Becky Cook, who was close be­hind in 102nd place. These three top fe­male rid­ers will no doubt cross swords once again later in the year as they con­test the Ladies’ World Tri­als Cham­pi­onship.

Next up was Katy Sunter, who de­spite a good start to the week slipped down to 132nd. Now along with her brother, Jonathan, Chloe Richard­son is mov­ing to the En­duro world of mo­tor­cy­cle sport but still gave it her all to fin­ish 149th. Scorpa rider Jess Bown at­tempted the Scot­tish for the first time last year but was not in­cluded in the re­sults as she ran over the time al­lowance on one of the days. She re­turned to fin­ish the job in 2016 in a very cred­itable 161st po­si­tion. Last but not least of the lady rid­ers to fin­ish was Vic­to­ria Payne on the lit­tle 125cc Sherco. De­spite the tough start to the week she never once looked like re­tir­ing, and her 225th place fin­ish is a credit to her for her per­se­ver­ance. Of the other lady rid­ers en­tered, Donna Fox re­tired af­ter hurt­ing her ribs and Ja­pan’s Yuriko Kobayashi on her Beta was not al­lowed to con­tinue. If you re­mem­ber, last year on the Tues­day run she be­came lost on the fi­nal moor cross­ing of the day. Com­pletely dis­ori­en­tated, the su­perb event mar­shals from the Ed­in­burgh and Dis­trict Mo­tor Club even­tu­ally lo­cated her and walked her off the moors at eleven o’clock in the evening. Yes you do have to be of a cer­tain stan­dard of rid­ing to be able to com­pete in this tough event, and this young Ja­panese lady was not at that, and the club made a very wise de­ci­sion.

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