SSDT Ale is a first


News has just been released that for the first time, the Scottish Six Days Trial have a speciality ale fermented in it’s honour!

The award-winning craft brewery is based in Daviston, Cromarty and called the Cromarty Brewing Co, who have produced ‘Trials & Tribulations’ as its 2019 SSDT Ale which will be available during the event 6th – 11th May in Fort William.

Obviously riders won’t be able to drink it during the event, but once their day is finished, then we are sure many will be sampling the brew.

Cromarty Brewing supremo, Craig Middleton is actually taking part in this years’ SSDT, riding number 218 on his Cromarty Brewing Sherco, he has been riding trials in the Inverness & District club since he was a youth, but this is his first attempt at the SSDT.

Craig told Trials Guru: “I am happy to put a little sponsorship towards the SSDT from my company and I hope that the new Trials & Tribulations brew goes down well”.

We all wish Craig an enjoyable SSDT.

Cromarty Brewing Company

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Richmond continues charity drive

Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Ltd were delighted to recently present representatives
of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance with a cheque for £500. This service has, on occasion been used by riders of the club, as well as the local community.

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It is important to give back as much as possible to continue to support this charitable organisation.
The funds were raised from a raffle at a dinner held in December for all
the landowners, gamekeepers and farmers at The Garden Rooms at Tennants,

Picture: Olga Ashton, representing Yorkshire Air Ambulance, accepting a donation of £500 for the charity, presented by Chris Wallis, on behalf of Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Ltd

Photo: Charlotte E. Brown

669NHO for sale

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The pre-production Bultaco Sherpa T reputedly used by 11 times British Trials Champion, Sammy Miller is on sale at an undisclosed price.

The machine, which has been advertised with all relevant documentation for UK registration number 669NHO, is not the machine in Sammy Miller’s New Milton Museum, but is believed to be one of two used by Miller when he was developing the Sherpa T for the Bulto factory in 1964/65.

It is believed the machine will be sold for a significant figure given its history in trial sport.


Carlos is numero uno!

Popular Spanish trials rider, Carlos Casas from Olot, Catalunya is to ride with the SSDT number one plate and lead the 2019 Scottish Six Days Trial on day one of the annual event which starts on Monday 6th May in Fort William.

Since the 1960s it has usually, but not exclusively been led away by a Scottish born rider, although there have been exceptions, in 2000 it was given to multiple winner, Mick Andrews (Gas Gas).

Carlos Casas has been given the number one plate in recognition of 2019 being his 30th start in the event and also for promoting the SSDT in Spain and the Catalan provinces over the years.

Carlos spoke directly to Trials Guru on hearing the SSDT committee’s decision: ” John, I am delighted and feel very priveledged to be given the riding number, it means so much to me. Of course, I love the Scottish, it is my favourite trial in the whole world and for many years I have told everyone I meet in trial that they must do the Scottish, even if they only try once. I am so looking forward to being at the 2019 edition and to celebrate my 30 rides in the Scottish – Slainte!”

It was in 2002 when Trials Guru’s John Moffat was SSDT Secretary that the phrase “The SSDT Ambassador” was first muted at the Highland Council Civic Reception on the Tuesday evening and it has applied to Carlos since then.

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Trials Guru wish Carlos and all the SSDT riders a safe and enjoyable week at this years event. Fulol details of the entry list can be found on:

Be sure to listen in “live” to the trial every morning (GMT time) 07:00 to 11:00 daily on Nevis Radio, Fort William. This can be on your radio at the event or on your mobile or PC device.


Remember to purchase a programme for the event from the local stockists, available during the week commencing Monday 22nd April, priced £4.00 which has very useful information about the trial, including rider lists, maps and routes, features and articles about the most famous of all trials.

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Leven Valley hits the rev limiter in 24 hours

Kinlochleven MCC

The Kinlochleven & District organised Leven Valley Two-Day Trial, in its second year has had an amazing demand with the entry limit filled within 24 hours! Entries opened just after midnight on 1st April and closed on 2nd April.

The event, which takes place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September, is run by local people and takes place all off road is for Twinshock and Britshock machines.

Event Secretary David Dougan told Trials Guru: “It is absolutely amazing, my postman was overwhelmed with envelopes, we only ran our first event last September and now we have had to close the entries within a days’ postal delivery, it’s fantastic. It goes to prove that Kinlochleven is truly God’s trials country when demand is as high as this”

Entrants will have their confirmations shortly from the club which was formed in the 1930s but reformed just twelve months ago.

Trials Guru is proud to support this event, Trials Guru’s founder, John Moffat said: “It’s proof yet again that when good quality events are organised that cater for the bulk of the entrants, then riders will support such events.”


SSDT Official Programme 2019

The 2019 Scottish Six Days Trial (6-11 May) official programme will be available from the week commencing 22nd April from the following outlets in and around Lochaber.

The SSDT ’19 official programme is a ‘must have’ piece of kit for anyone watching the event, as it gives full details of where to see the action and a full rider list, detailed with early days for each daily group. There is also a pull out rider list, sponsored by Acklams Beta of Harrogate, so you can leave the main programme in your glove compartment if the weather isn’t so kind! There is a variety of articles and features, plus a past winners list from 1909 to 2018.

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BP – Road to the Isles Filling Station, North Road, Fort William, PH33 6TQ

Esso Filling Station, North Road, Fort William, PH33 6TQ

Gleaner Filling Station, Fort William, PH33 6SU & Gleaner Filling Station, Invergarry, PH35 4HL

WH Smith, 4 Tweeddale Buildings (The Parade), Fort William, PH33 6EU

The Granite House, 76 High Street, Fort William, PH33 6AD

Marshall & Pearson, 35 High Street, Fort William, PH33 6DH

Co-op, Park Road, Ballachulish, PH49 4JS

Co-op, Leven Road, Kinlochleven, PH50 4RW

Co-op, Royal Bank Buildings, Main Street, Corpach, PH33 7JG

Claymore Filling Station, A82, Glencoe, PH49 4HP

Pre’65 Trial Merchandise stall – Kinlochleven

Spar Spean Bridge, A82, Spean Bridge, PH34 4EP

There will also be an opportunity to purchase from ‘The Hub’ located in the parc ferme area (West End Car Park, Fort William) on the Weigh-In Sunday, 5th May and at the Trials UK emporium where official SSDT merchandise is also available for the SSDT fans.

The official programme is priced at £4.00, the proceeds of which support the Edinburgh & District Motor Club Ltd ‘Community Fund’, which contributes to local good causes in the Lochaber area.

For ONLINE programme sales (Contact SSDT) and up to date information on the Scottish Six Days Trial, please view the official website:

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Ilkley Grand National 2019 Report

Report: Barry Robinson

Photos: Lucy Ayrton

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Lucy Ayrton our photographer covering this article competes on a 125 TRRS, seen here with her grandfather Brian Ayrton.

Glasshouses electrical engineer Danny Gamble lit up the moors above Beamsley on  Saturday afternoon to ride his Sherco machine to overall victory in the Ilkley Grand National time trial. Only Gamble and Barnoldswick engineer Anthony Ayrton broke the two hour time covering three laps of moorland without an inch of tarmac. Ayrton, well into the over forties age category, won the Inter class just four minutes and three second behind the winner. Finghall youngster Robert Weatherill really hit the moors with a vengeance His descent down the face of Beamsley Beacon was awesome in speed. Bellerby’s Ryan Brown was also rapid but a sliding front wheel saw man and machine cartwheel into the into the heather. Ryan was up in a flash and motored off into distance at about the same speed. The actual times have no effect on the results as both expert three lap route and the shorter two lap club route are calculated of the average of the fastest ten finishers.

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Steve Wilde in action at the 2019 Ilkley GN – Photo Lucy Ayrton

The expert time average was 2hrs,5mins,45secs. The Clubman figures were 1hr,34mins,3 secs. Gamble, Glusburn builder Nathan Wrigglesworth, Robert Weatherill, and Anthony Ayrton did not incur time penalties. The coveted Freddy Clayton Trophy was won by Richmond Over 40’s contender Chris Tett.  The shorter Clubman route was equally difficult as the entire entry rode all twenty section but only twice. Consett visitor Chris Barnett won the class with a best on observation and no time penalties from Coverdale’s Sam Lambert who was riding his first Grand National. Time penalties dropped Howard Gulley and Ian Myers down the results order the third and fourth. British Ladies Inter class national champion Bethanie Dunning finished in ninth place beating her father Jason by two penalties. Only seven retirements were posted from a total of fifty seven starters.

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Joe Bradley (Beta) fires some Ilkley moor in the general direction of Barry Watson – Photo: Lucy Ayrton

Despite recent adverse weather conditions the ten mile lap was moderate underfoot and wheels. As in past years, a west wind and some sunshine lifts the moisture off the terrain.

The sting in the tale was section twenty where Airedale & Pennine Motor Club official John Rhodes spent much time lifting the section marker flags and washing them in any available pool of water. One spinning rear wheel in the swamp negated all John’s efforts!


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Danny Gamble (Sherco) was the winner of the 2019 Ilkley Grand National – Photo: Lucy Ayrton


Best performance: Danny Gamble (Sherco) 10 observation/0 time = 10 (Ilkley Trophy), Expert: Nathan Wrigglesworth (Beta) 21+ 0=21. (Scott Trophy). Novices: 1 Robert Weatherill (AGB Beta) 29 + 0 =29, 2 William Tolson (Beta) 33 + 2=35, 3 Arron Dugdale (Scorpa) 37+5 = 42. Best First Time: Chris Tett (Montesa) 58 + 29 = 85. Best Over 40: Anthony Ayrton (TRS) 39 + 0 =39. Team prize: Bradford A: Ayrton/Wrriglesworth/Aaron Dugdale (Scorpa) 102.

Fastest time: Danny Gamble 1hr-51 min-2 sec. Clubman class: 1 Chris Barnett (Montesa) 32 = 0 = 32 (G.A. Reed Trophy) 2 Sam Lambert (Beta) 39 + 0 =39, 3 Howard Gulley ((TRS) 35+5 = 40. Best First Time: Lewis Black (Montesa) 42 + 0 = 42. Best Over 40: John Bannister (Beta) 37 + 11 = 48.Best Over 50: Ian Myers (Sherco) 37 + 5 = 42.

Fastest Time: Chris Barnett 1.27.22.

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