SSDT 2014… Where to watch!

SSDT DESIGN 14

PLEASE NOTE: This year the event organisers’ have been very fortunate to gain some new terrain and sections to utilise in the event some of which has never been used before. Whilst there is not a great deal for the spectators to see, competitors will enjoy the route and the sections introduced. There are a number of restrictions and constraints in place over the new areas, it must be must stressed that where you come across restricted areas and signs please do not ignore them. These are in place to ensure the event can continue to use the ground in years to come and more importantly not damage the surrounding countryside. So please do not be tempted. You may jeopardise the future of the event.

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Two time SSDT winner – James Dabill with The Guru!

Monday

Starts as usual with a trip to Leanachan with 5 subs under the popular viewing platform that has been upgraded with new hand rails. The riders then move on to Bradileig before hitting Carn Dearg and Glas Bheinn.  A relaxing run over the Blackwater dam road brings the field to Coire Mhorair for 3 subs.  Followed by the traditional Cnoc a Linnhe, Garbh Beinn and Cameron Hill with its recently added top sub. Concluding at Lagnaha (7).

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2005 winner Sam Conner with SSDT regular Neil Bowker.

Tuesday

Reverts back to the traditional route starting at Laggan Locks (3) then over to Forest Gate (2). A run up to Jenkins Park and a nostalgic turn back the clock for some as Achlain is  reintroduced with 2 subs. Riders are asked to follow the flags along the top side of the pylon line and around the pylon at the end of the route. Again this is one of the constraints in place. Meall Damh is next followed by Craig Nan Gobhar and Ceannacroc Forest. New fencing here has made it necessary for us to utilise the road for a short while. Again please follow the flags and do not be tempted to take any shortcuts. Creag Lundie with 5 subs will be as popular as ever with a long haul down to Allt Coire an Seilich (3). A run over to Glen Tarsuinn then Loch Arkaig’s new subs is then rounded off with a timely return to the newly designed Witches Burn with a natural amphitheatre.

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DH champ, Steve Peat is a regular SSDT competitor since 2011.

Wednesday

Callart Falls kicks off today with 5 subs quickly followed by Callart (2). Along to Upper Mamore then down to a single at School Falls. Grey Mares Tail rounds of the Kinlochleven part of the day. Along then to the new Pap of Glencoe Group followed by Clachaig  3 subs, again new last year. The next group Eas a Bhodaich are not spectator accesable unless on foot or cycle. Glen Stockdale (2) in Appin is a fair walk in and if the weather is dry, worth seeing. Glenmuckrach are the last new subs before the all popular Lagnaha group with 5 sections.

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Katy Sunter (Richmond) is a keen SSDT regular.

Thursday

A familiar run to Bradileig first thing before reaching Feith a Cheannain (3) yet another new group introduced this year. No Scottish would be complete without Fersit (7) along with a trip through the notorious boulder field. A road trip takes the field on to Ruighe Mhor and brand new sections for this year, along with Coire Leacach. Yet again another new couple of subs in Fasfern 1 followed by Fasfern 2. A small hop up to Annat before a moor crossing like no other to finish the day at Trotters Burn. All in all a radically new Thursday.

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The SSDT needs people like regular observer/official, Judy Blyth from Ripon to keep the event running smoothly.

Friday

Friday is peninsula day starting at the Mhuidhe (3), this year there will be a single and a double not a triple. Piper’s burn hosts 5 subs and is always a crowd pleaser. Glenuig plays it part with a single. W.Ds couple of subs, well enough said. Laudale, Laudale Cottage and  Kingairloch play host to the only off road route of the day, Camasnacroise holds a secret this year. Then the day rounds off with Meall Nam Each, Kilmalieu and lastly Rubha Ruadh before a sea voyage on the way home.

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Nigel Birkett has ridden over 40 Scottish Six Days Trials since 1971.

Saturday

The last day remains mainly unchanged. Why mend it if it ain’t broke. Sleubaich kicks of the final day followed on by Upper and Lower Mamore. Scottish Six Days legend “Pipeline” looms next with its traditional triple sub and concluding with a double. The picturesque Loch Chiarain with its remote bothy entices the riders over the Chiarain path to the Gorge and up the Lairige. As a climax to the week and the event Glen Nevis awaits its loyal subjects from Achintee to Ben Nevis’s nemesis, then on to Nevis Forest before ending on a high in Fort William’ s very own Town Hall Brae (Rocky Brae) and a nice pint in the hub back in the Parc Ferme.

Issued by ‘TRIALS MEDIA’ – PR partner of the Scottish Six Days Trial 2014.

Photos: Heather Mead Photography, Dingwall, Scotland

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