The World famous Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) has celebrated its centenary edition and in some style, with this year’s event having been declared an overwhelming success by all concerned. The organisers are already looking towards 2012 and the start of the next hundred years.
Stunning weather graced the first half of this year’s event and helped to confirm to riders and spectators alike why the SSDT remains the World’s greatest trials competition. Whilst the entry of two hundred and seventy six riders were busy navigating the hills of the Scottish Highlands, the brand new music festival Rock The Fort kept the crowds of followers entertained, providing an upbeat and diverse sound track throughout the week.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland, which assisted the event through their national funding programme, said, "The 100th anniversary of the Scottish Six Days Trial has been a wonderful success for everyone involved. Our support this year went into the new festival hub in Fort William, which hosted a range of activities that added excitement, buzz and atmosphere around the event. The many visitors and over 250 competitors got to enjoy some of Scotland's best scenery, a superb venue for motorcycling and our wonderful hospitality."
In true SSDT style the fight for the title came down to the bitter end with no less than four riders in with a chance of taking the centenary win. Come the final section of the last day, previous winners Graham Jarvis - Montesa and Alexz Wigg - Sherco were both contenders once again, along with Michael Brown – Gas Gas who was looking to take his first Scottish victory. In the end it was 2007 SSDT victor James Dabill – Beta who was crowned the winner of the centenary SSDT, after a tense battle over six testing days. The twenty-five year old Yorkshireman made no attempt to hide his sheer adulation, when he received the famous SSDT trophy, in front of an ecstatic audience to bring a fitting climax to this historic occasion.