Friday May 6th 2022

May 6th, 2022

A dismal wet day in Scotland for what is the longest of the week -  These pics were sent by John Kitchener and a couple of others picked off the web.  - John emailed to say that it was 7pm and while he had already had his supper - Stan was running last on the roads and unlikely to finish for at least another hour.!!!!!!       ( Not sure if he might be having bike problems)

Update - at 9 30 am our time - Lampkin back in the lead on 6 - Dabill 2nd on 9 - Jack Peace lost 4 so far today - but still a long way to go - Our lads are on Jon 24 and Stan 27 so far today.
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This pic shows Stan taking a quick look at the section, without walking it - likely running late on time,
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The moors - which way is the best?
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Raining - a miserable day for observing.  and more rocks.
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Stan working hard on this section  at Lagnaha
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Jon at the same spot
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Top of Chairlift in the rain - this is Jon struggling for grip
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Seems Stan had a very good ride on this top section at Chairlift  - it’s a 30 mile road ride up through the Valley of Glencoe to this group - miserable when it’s raining.
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Jon looking very muddy at the Gas check - but still smiling.
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I remember watching at this section - think it’s Mamore - a straight up climb out of the gully  about 10ft as I recall - lots of crashes here, but our Cannucks both did well.
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So at the end of a very long exhausting day - Jon is now 144th with 197 points - while Stan is 173rd with 230 points.

And the new overall leader is Jack Peace on the Sherco on 5 points lost - Dougie Lampkin is on 6  while Richard Sadler is slowly closing in on the leaders with 7 points - next is Dan Peace and James Dabill both on 9 points. - You can see all the results by clicking onto www.ssdt.org

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Look there’s a twin shock Fantic - with a disc front brake !! wonder how he’s doing?
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Thursday May 5th 2022

May 5th, 2022

Only Harlow  and Wendy Bakgaard correctly guessed the name of the wild Yellow bushes in Scotland - they are called “Gorse”

John Kitchener has sent us more updates both Stan and Jon still going after three days, with Jon ahead of Stan on points - Wednesday was their “Early” day  so they tackled the sections at their slippy worst. - Jon is currently in 135th -with 157 points - Stan is 171st with 193 points.

We watched more great video on UTUBE - everything super slick, so throttle control was super important.

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Dougie Lampkin is now in the lead, but he is being pressed by the Peace brothers, while James Dabill is now back in 5th spot - all these are on single digit scores.

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Thursday – 5th May

Another single mark ride on the third day saw Jitsie rider Dougie Lampkin move into the outright lead as the 2022 Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) reached its midway point. Wearing his retro 1997 kit, the year that he secured his first World title, Dougie once again looked rock solid as he used every ounce of his vast experience to edge clear of his rivals.

Jack Peace moved into second place overall as he matched Lampkin’s single mark loss for the day but remains under pressure from his brother Dan Peace who now sits in third spot. Richard Sadler continued his climb up the leader board, with the supporting Jitsie rider now occupying fourth position overall. Initial and overnight leader James Dabill dropped to fifth in the rankings following his early day on the road. Just five marks splits the top five with three days and ninety sections still remaining.

Day four follows its traditional Thursday route and is the longest day of the week with the riders taking in three groups and eight sections on the way out to the famous Chairlift hazards. Ba House is the final group before the rest stop, ahead of a daunting run for home that includes Gorton and Corour before six sections at the formidable Fersit.

UPDATE - Stan has lost 12 today so far - total now 202
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Wednesday May 4th 2022

May 4th, 2022

Well it seems it didn’t take long for the controversy  to start in Scotland - Results from day one were changed to show James Dabill (Beta)  as the official leader and the Yellow plate holder going into Tuesday. - Dougie Lampkin claimed a balk on one Tuesday section, so got another run at it. - Video of this on FB - with some spectators saying this should not have been allowed !! - Remember what I said about the really tough job faced by the Official Observers? The question is of course - Will that “Dab” that Dougie got away with because he was allowed a rerun make a difference at the end of the week???
Somebody that I don’t know, messaged me to say that I got a mention on Nevis Radio, so can only conclude that Stan got an interview with John Moffat.

Dougie starting day #2 - The Vertigo took quite a few kicks to get fired up in the video.

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Blue on the left - red on the right - pick a line!!
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Thanks to John Kitchener for the action pics and for this one which he wants posting as a quiz - Name this Yellow plant? seen a lot in both Scotland and Wales.
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Top ten Results  -
SSDT 2022 Provisional Results - Tuesday
No. Name Pos 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 Daily Cumul
A1 A2 A3 A4 B1 B2 B3 C1 C2 C3 D1 D2 D3 D4 E1 E2 F1 F2 F3 F4 G1 G2 G3 H1 H2 I1 I2 J1 J2 J3
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139 Dabill J 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
67 Lampkin D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
210 Peace J 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4
114 Brown M 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 5
211 Peace D 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 6 6
33 Green* B 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7
229 Thorpe D 7 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 6 7
208 Sadler R 8 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 7
235 Kendrew G 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7
124 Danby R 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 9

Jon English is in 140th with 114 points - Stan is 171st with 132

A good video of Day one on UTUBE showing just difficult both the sections and the moor crossings are.
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more thanks to Neil Sturgeon - John Shirt, Emma Bristow, Ross Danby and Ben Rennison ( No I have never heard of him either, but he is giving  the big step at Trotters a good go)

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We have watched and taken pics at Trotters a couple of times, glad to see they still use it - the run up to that last rocky step is very narrow and riders need to get everything lined up really good, before  giving ‘err. - many riders abort before this and take a cut off path to the right of the step - which also has water flowing down most years.

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Tuesday May 3rd 2022

May 3rd, 2022

Our Canadian Hero’s ready for a tough Six Days !!

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Harry McKay hooked up with Stan on Monday.
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If you look at the pic below - you will see that James Dabill’s face can be seen under Stan’s left arm. - We saw videos of this section - very slippery with Nigel Birkett “Fiving” on this big rock.
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( Gotta love those Outlaw stickers) - Thanks to Harry, John and Steve Postlewhaite - for the pics  and video clips this week.

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The full results are here - Jon is in 132nd place on 54 points - Stan is in 142nd place with 56 ( you can see how tight the scores are. - Just to put this all in perspective - The Leader cleaned everything today and the final finisher for this tough first day lost 262 points. - You can see all the results on the SSDT website.

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More as we watch closely throughout the week.

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Monday May 2nd 2022

May 2nd, 2022

While we wait to see how the first day goes for Stan & Jon in Scotland - we look back on our Sunday ride with old friend Dave York and Roy. - We have not seen Dave since 1992 as I recall - but he now lives in Summerland, so we made time to get out on the bikes and catch up on a whole bunch of memories.

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Quite a lot of Ladies riding the Scottish this year - headed by World Champion Emma Bristow on the far right side.

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I looked at one of the first videos posted early today (4am) - it showed a rider hopping and bopping through the rocks of section number one - the only question is, what did the observer mark down for his score? - Most old timers, would say a “Five” as he stopped, a shame really as it was a good ride. - As I’ve mentioned before I don’t envy the observers jobs this week,  but rules are rules, and unfortunately I think we may see some protesting this week.

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The sound of the bagpipes, is something  that many people, but not all,  love about Scotland - ( we do) - This was taken on Sunday at the parade in Fort William.
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May be an image of 4 people, people standing and outdoors

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The Ontario Trials riders held their first event of the year yesterday - looks to have been muddy!!
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Sunday May 1st 2022

May 1st, 2022

Gary MacDonald did it again .
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We have heard from Steve Postlethwaite in Fort William - that Stan is there and has  got his bike all set up for the start on Monday morning - Steve said on messenger that they had shared a pint  and chatted about old times.

Here is a pic of Harry & Wendy McKay’s children with Dougie - they usually have a pic taken with him - the young ones sure are growing up and both ride Trials, as well as being very accomplished on the ski slopes.

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This is the first pic we have seen from the parade today -  Looks like  Beta riders Ben Hemmingway and Dan Clark. ( And it doesn’t appear to be raining!!)
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UPDATES thanks to Steve Postlewhaite - ( We see Stan is wearing his Outlaw Trialsport cap)
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Checking in.

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Note the Outlaw stickers!!! Great Advertising - Thanks to John Kitchener for this pic.

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Saturday April 30th 2022

April 30th, 2022

Later today we will see the results of the Scottish Pre-65 - but before that we look back on some pics out of my Book SSDT The first 100 years.

Below Geoff Duke
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Below  Eric Kitchener famous photographer when he was still riding.
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Mick Andrews
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Dougie Lampkin
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Jordi Tarres - This was in 1989 he was on the new Beta Water cooled prototype - but it seized on the first day when the radiator got plugged with mud. - ( I was there that year )
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Results.
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Thanks to all the photographers and Publishers for the use of these great photographs in the SSDT Book.

( Not sure if this is still in Print)

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Answer to the Friday quiz - Gordon Jackson 1961- Grey Mare’s Ridge - One Dab- Observer David Johnson who now lives in Canada - he had a small Montesa Dealership for a while. ( We lost touch many yeas ago)
Harlow Rankin, and Brett Clark guessed everything correctly. - Bob Clark and John Kitchener also .
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Friday April 29th 2022

April 29th, 2022

The big event is finally just around the corner - today will see the start of the Pre-65 Two day Trial followed on Sunday by the traditional weigh in and parade. - This is a neat poster showing James Dabill on the Beta - He has now retired from regular Trials, but I’m sure he will still be trying very hard in Scotland.
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And the forecast is> ( Thanks to John Kitchener for this)
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Quiz today in 3 parts - (a) Who is the rider (b) What year did he win the Scottish losing just one point? (c) What was name of the section where he took that solitary “Dab” ( WE even know the name of the Observer!!!)
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Interesting to note that the AJS has Shrouds fitted around the carb - no air-boxes back then - on our old bikes we used a large piece of  truck rubber inner tube - pushed a hole in the center for the carb spigot then fastened everything tight with more rubber bands.

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Answer to the Thursday quiz - World Champion Road Racer - Geoff Duke  - competing on a BSA at a Scramble Promotion in Australia. —— No correct answers.

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Thursday April 28th 2022

April 28th, 2022

The answer to the Wednesday quiz was the pic shows the famous Scottish section “Town Hall Brae” with the rider coming back down after losing a “5″ but what is even stranger is the rider looks very much like Alexz Wigg ( although I could be mistaken) .

Both John Kitchener and Pete Varey first spotted both the name of the section, and the rider coming down the wrong way.

Check out this neat drone video on UTUBE.

And at a time when we always talk about the rain for the Scottish - see this>

The risk of wildfires across many parts of Scotland over the next few days has been declared as ‘extreme’.

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Below is a pic of a British star Scrambling in Australia   - the year was 1955 - and he was not contracted to BSA.
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Matteo Grattarola  seems to have bounced back, with some good results on the Factory Beta - a nice shot from last weekend.

I wonder how many people knew that Gilera made Scramblers-  back in the day. ??
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I see that Ryan Young was on a TRS estart at his latest Trials school - !!!
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Wednesday April 26th 2022

April 27th, 2022

Quiz - What is strange about this Scottish Six Day photo?
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Last Sunday, we met up with a couple of Enduro riders who stopped for a chat - turned out both of them had earlier experienced an “Over the bars” experience, when they ran into a barbwire fence. - Obviously something to watch out for, especially if you are riding in an old burned forest fire area. - That “Open” line through the blackened trees, may conceal a dangerous old wire fence.     ( Don’t expect anybody to hang some pink flagging on it!! - a good idea to stick a roll in your pocket)
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A few local Beta riders were out and about - all new to the Trials scene ( that is why you see they all bundled up in hot MX style gear) only Mike has bought a Trials helmet, so far. - But  Katie has nice Wulf Trials boots. Great to see them out having fun.

Update: Mike also has some Wulf Trials gear!!!

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Still on the Beta Theme - this old pic   popped up showing Jake Cook and Adam Haigh picking up their new Betas from Outlaw a number of years ago - neither of these lads ride anymore - as they are now family men ( but who knows they might be back)

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I have always had a “Soft spot” for Beta - but although we started selling them in 1994 and I loved that first yellow & black model  ( Who can forget the Takumi Narita video that showed just what that bike could do ) - We didn’t start riding them until 1996 - the  reason - they finally put a decent kickstart lever on the bike!!! - That old one was a real leg gouger if your boot slipped off the pedal.

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If you are bored with regular TV - why not check out all the neat tapes they have on UTUBE ? - yesterday I clicked onto a couple of the “Trial Tube” videos - He is such a funny guy and gives honest impressions about the various bikes.

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Stan called yesterday prior to heading to Scotland -  long flights via Calgary-Amsterdam-Glasgow then a bus to Ft William - we chatted about the high cost to compete these days, plus some of the new health requirements and certificates.-

It seems things have doubled in price so we hope he has a good week - John Kitchener will be there to help out and hopefully get some photos.

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Leigh McKay   was at our shop yesterday - picking up the little Beta E bike for his lad - He said he had a good time at Ioco & rode around with Bob Clark. - He likes the new TRS 250 with the estart.

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Also heard from Walter in Spruce Grove, who has been out cutting some trails and sections on his property using the Evo 300 4T - glad to get out after all the snow. - I think everybody is looking forward to the Outlaw Trial on the May long weekend. - ( Watch for updates on this)

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A reminder that there are very few new Trials Betas or TRS left for this year, with most that are coming in all booked - if you are still “Sitting on the Fence” get the hell off because things will only be getting worse with higher freight and overall costs.

and PLEASE if you are buying a TRIALS bike  - get it from a TRIALS DEALER - ( Not everybody knows what these bikes are all about)
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