For over 100 years, fans of motorcycle trials have flocked to the Scottish Highlands to enjoy the annual sporting holiday, the Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT), or ‘The Scottish’ as it is also known. As the longest running event on the international trials calendar, the SSDT attracts a loyal following from near and far, including the likes of 60 year-old David Cordle who first made the 500-mile trip from his hometown of Ipswich in Suffolk to the event’s Fort William base in the mid-1970s. David is looking forward to returning to the region again this May.
Although a trials rider himself and an active member of his local Ipswich Motorcycle Club, David has only ever visited Fort William as a spectator: “I’ve done motorcycle trials as a hobby since I was a teenager. I’ve ridden in other events, but I have never competed in the Scottish Six Days Trial. I often wish I had done it when I was younger, and I would always back anyone who wanted to do it because it is such a great experience.”
David shares his passion for trials and the SSDT with his family. David first went to watch the SSDT with his wife, following excellent reports from his brother who competed in the event in 1970 and 1971. Since then, David and his wife, who is secretary of Ipswich Motorcycle Club, have returned to watch the event over 20 times".
The SSDT is organised by the Edinburgh & District Motor Club. EventScotland is continuing to support the event this year as part of its National Funding Programme. There will be 275 competitors taking part in this year’s event between 7th and 12th May, with a host of pre event activities also being held in Fort William from 4th May. On each day of the main trial, riders will be tasked with completing a different course and will be judged on their skill as they ride over a series of natural obstacles along the route.
The SSDT is free for spectators to watch on all days. The official event programme, containing routes and spectating opportunities, along with a range of interesting articles and additional information, is available to purchase in the Fort William area and also via the event’s website at www.ssdt.org.