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Ronnie is the piper for SSDT ’19

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Carlos Casas will ride number 1 this year, piped away at 07:30 by local lad, Ronnie McIntosh of Fort William

The Scottish Six Days Trial gets underway in a weeks time, Monday 6th May, 2019.

First man away will be veteran SSDT competitor, Carlos Casas from Olot in Catalunya on his Vertigo, celebrating 30 rides in the annual event, flagged away by the 1969 Scottish winner, Bill Wilkinson who is guest of honour this year.

The man piping Carlos down off the start ramp at precisely 07:30 will be local lad, 15 year old Ronnie McIntosh from Fort William, a pupil at Lochaber High School.

Unfortunately the official programme was printed before Ronnie agreed to do the task, of which he is incredibly proud, it was performed ably last year by another local lad, Andrew Orr.

Local trials enthusiast and Chairman of the Lochaber Piping Society, Mr Ken Cameron from Fersit who arranges the piper for the SSDT start said: “I picked up a copy of the official programme this morning and to my horror I discovered that we hadn’t told the programme editor about Ronnie being the official piper this year. I immediately contacted John Moffat about the oversight. We are all very sorry that Ronnie’s name has been missed out”.

Ronnie McIntosh is trained by the respected and renowned tutor Iain MacFadyen of Kyle of Lochalsh. As well as being a solo piper, Ronnie plays in the Lochaber Pipe Band.

It is hoped that John Moffat will be able to interview young Ronnie on Nevis Radio immediately following his performance of the piping duties early on Monday morning before he heads off back home for his breakfast.

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SSDT Routes revealed

With little more than a week until the world famous Scottish Six Days Trial takes place, the organising Edinburgh and District Motor Club have released the Trial’s Daily Routes, including mileages and observed hills (sections) exclusively available on the event website at http://www.ssdt.org.

Under the guidance of Clerk of the Course Jeff Horne, the Edinburgh and District team have, as ever, plotted a totally different course for each day, varying in mileage from 60 to 107 with a total of over 500 miles being travelled by the competitors during the six days of the event. On top of the long, hard miles on a Trials bike, each day also provides 30 observed sections to test the riders.

The traditional Bank Holiday Monday opening route eases competitors into the week over 71 miles featuring early morning action at Leanachen before heading up to Spean Bridge and then across to Kinlochleven via Blackwater to finish at the very popular Lagnaha sections.

Tuesday sees the return of a familiar route after the team gave the ground a rest in 2018. The second day of competition starts with a 24 mile road ride north to historic Laggan Locks before heading over the moors to spectator favourite, Creag Lundie.

The rest of the week takes in many of the now famous groups with Friday featuring the traditional road based 101 mile ride round the stunning Moidart peninsula before the final day on Saturday, a mere but challenging 60 miles finishing on the lower slopes of Ben Nevis, of course not forgetting the final observed section up Town Hall Brae for the benefit of the Fort William locals!

The club reminds spectators to take care when parking – DO NOT cause an obstruction and please be courteous to local traffic on the single-track roads.

Remember there is no off road access for spectators on motorcycles. Unofficial use of motorcycles could result in the loss of access to land critical for the future of the event.

Full details of the routes are at www.ssdt.org and official programmes are available at local outlets in and around Fort William as far south as Glencoe. Look for this poster.

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SSDT Windows 2019

The ‘SSDT Windows’ are back again for 2019.

Organised by Trials Guru on behalf of the Scottish Six Days Trial committee, dealers and importers will be contributing their trials machines to be put in selected shop windows along the High Street in Fort William for the duration of this year’s event (Monday 6th – Saturday 11th May). The display which has become very much a part of the SSDT week, it stretches the full length from the West End down to Nevisport. A bumper nine machines will be on display this year.

A special tribute will be set up in the window of Marshall & Pearson, 35 High Street with a very ‘local’ connection. It is the 1959 BSA C15T that was owned new in that year by Ron Thomson, a well-known local man, but there is a story to it which is told in the official programme which goes on sale locally on Saturday 27th April.

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Ron Thomson with the only C15 BSA to finish in the 1959 SSDT. All the works bikes retired that year. Photo taken at Gorgie Market, Edinburgh. Photo Courtesy of Mrs. Helen Thomson, Fort William

The little BSA is now owned by enthusiast Steve Owen who was happy for the machine to be displayed in the town during this year’s event which marks the 60 years since it was ridden in the trial.

And to make things even more special with SSDT Windows this year, we have secured the 1969 SSDT winning machine of Bill Wilkinson, his 250cc Greeves Anglian (WWC169F) which will be on show in the front window of VisitScotland’s Fort William iCentre. Bill will be the Guest of Honour at this year’s Scottish to mark the 50 years since his historic win. Read all about it in the Official SSDT Programme.

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Bill Wilkinson (250 Greeves) on Edramucky in the 1969 SSDT – This very machine will be on display during SSDT week in Fort William.

If you are in Fort William for the SSDT, then remember to have a look at ‘SSDT Windows’ when you are there, it all adds to the atmosphere of this very special event.

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SSDT Official Programme 2019

The 2019 Scottish Six Days Trial (6-11 May) official programme will be available from Saturday, 27nd April from the following outlets in and around Lochaber.

Special thanks to Mrs. Annette Chambers of Fort William for undertaking to distribute copies to local shops in Fort William, a task she has undertaken for many years now. She represents one of the E&D Community Fund beneficiaries charities, The Leanne Fund for Cystic Fibrosis.

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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New Stockist added: Gleaner – Onich Service Station, 23 – A82,  Onich, PH33 6RZ

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 at Kinlochleven (From Thursday – 2nd May)

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: www.ssdt.org

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SSDT Ale is a first

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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.

Current stockists for the SSDT Ale 2019 are: Grog & Gruel, Fort William; Clachaig Inn, Glencoe and the Arisaig Hotel, Arisaig.

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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: http://www.ssdt.org

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. www.nevisradio.co.uk

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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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SCOTTISH SIX DAYS TRIAL 2019:
Main photo credit: Nigel Pearson/Trials UK Media
Excitement builds as the 2019 Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) gears up to continue its long history when it takes place from Monday 6th May through to Saturday 11th May.
280 riders from the far corners of the world will descend on the loch side town of Fort William to face the annual challenge that this iconic event delivers in the rugged Scottish Highlands every year.
This unique and hugely popular competition remains the most famous and one off event in the international trial calendar more than one hundred years after it was first run.
The complete entry list has been released by the Edinburgh and District Motor Club organising committee including the most successful SSDT rider of all time, reigning and twelve times winner Dougie Lampkin.
Doug said recently, “I am burning to win another Scottish to equal a record of World Championships set by Spanish racer Angel Nieto. He won thirteen titles but being superstitious he called it twelve plus one. It would be really cool to have 12 plus 1 Scottish Six Days victories.”
However, The stage is now set for another epic head to head with fellow British rider, James Dabill but there is a very strong line-up with the likes of brothers Dan and Jack Peace, Jack Price and Michael Brown.
The Continental threat looks like coming from young Spanish rider Francesc Moret while countryman and former winner, the ever popular veteran Amos Bilbao will ride a factory Montesa in the event. Bilbao won the event in 2002.
No fewer than nine Ladies are proud to take their places including World Champion Emma Brisow and German challenger Theresa Bauml.
The Scottish Six Days Trial’s standing in the World attracts an eclectic overseas invasion. 2019 is no different and no fewer than 58 riders from outside the British Isles representing a total of 12 countries.
The largest foreign country represented is Spain which boasts 20 entries, led by the popular Carles Casas who this year, along with lesser-known countryman Cesar Lopez, will be competing in his 30th SSDT. Francesc Moret, an experienced Spanish rider on the European and World Championship scene will certainly be a contender for a top 10 place.
Another interesting newcomer is Italian Beta rider Filippo Locca.  Vet Dennis Sweeten is a regular from the United States and other familiar faces include Swiss Dominique Guillaume, German Jan Peters and former SSDT winner and World Champ Gilles Burgat from France. 
Kevin Gundry and Gary Samson represent New Zealand while fellow Antipodeans Luke Anderson and Connor Hogan fly from Australia. Stir in several entries from Costa Rica and Daniel Santos representing Guatamala and you have a truly International field heading for Scotland in May.
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