Top Spanish motorcycle trials rider Albert Cabestany, number five in the world in 2009, will make the long pilgrimage from Catalonia to Fort William next weekend for the start of the ninety-ninth Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT); being staged throughout Lochaber – The Outdoor Capital of the UK – from 3 to 8 May 2010.
Having finished second in the 2010 SPEA FIM Indoor Trial World Championship Cabestany has hit upon a rich vein of form. However, he knows that his experiences within the confines of the World's tight arenas will count for very little when he takes on the World's most intense and challenging multi-day trial of both skill and endurance.
275 riders of all abilities will join Cabestany, all keen to test their mettle and nerve riding 100 miles and negotiating 30 tough sections each day for six consecutive days. The Scottish Six Days Trial is an extreme test of trials riding like no other that requires not only strength and expertise but also exceptional reliability from both rider and machine.
Cabestany, the only man to have beaten 2010 Indoor World Champion Toni Bou, only considered entering the Scottish Six Days when a friend of his ignited his interest and recently handed him a cluster of DVDs to watch at his leisure.
“A year ago, all I knew about the event was that people did so many miles before they even got to a section. Because of that I thought 'this is not a trial for me'. But then I accepted that this fact is one of the things that actually makes the event so special. My friends gave me the DVDs from a few years ago and I had a look at them. It looked fun and I decided I would like to enter.”
With the SPEA FIM Trial World Championship paying a visit to the Nevis Range, Fort William from 25 to 27 June, Cabestany's entry is not entirely coincidental. It is clear that, while having fun is definitely on the agenda, he sees the SSDT as an opportunity to hone his skills in what is an unfamiliar environment for the Catalan.
“One of the reasons I decided to enter is obviously because we have a World Championship event in Scotland. I know the sections will be very different, but getting used to the terrain before the World Trial in June will definitely help me. It will give me a feeling for the rocks and the grip.”
The big question is whether Cabestany, who in recent seasons has proved himself to be something of an Indoor specialist, can compete for the win. “I would like to say that I have entered just for fun, because this is a trial that is all about fun. You have to enjoy the sections and the mountains and everything. But people expect me to win or at least to challenge for the victory.
“Of course I would like to win. It would be nice to have a SSDT victory to my name, but I also recognise that to come and win the event at my very first attempt will be very difficult. But I am ready for the challenge!”
Over the last century many thousands of riders have made the famous pilgrimage to the enthralling and unmatched landscape that surrounds Fort William, but only the select few have the honour of having had their name etched on the famous winners' trophy.
The Scottish Six Days Trial, arguably the oldest and the greatest motorcycle trial competition in the world, attracts the best motorbike trials riders from around the globe.
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Notes to Editors:
The Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) is mainly focused on the Lochaber area, centred in Fort William. Each day of the trial starts and finishes at the West End Car Park on the waterfront, providing a major attraction for the town.
For trials riders the Scottish Six Days Trial has the same status as the Isle of Man TT has to road racers.
The trial is limited by daylight hours to around 270 competitors, but entries are regularly in excess of 400, such is the popularity of the event. The majority of riders look forward to the only trial that allows them to compete on equal terms with professional and world-class riders. The trial has a reputation for being the toughest in the world, and it is the most prestigious event that a trials rider can win.
Competing in the Scottish Six Days Trial is the dream of every young trials rider, and long may that continue.
The SSDT is managed by the Edinburgh & District Motor Club, and in association with the SSDT the Club runs a Pre-'65 two-day trial for machines manufactured before 1965. This takes place immediately before the SSDT every year, starting and finishing in Kinlochleven. The Pre-'65 trial celebrated it's Silver Jubilee in 2009 and has proved to be the most important Pre-'65 trial in the UK, with entries for the trial massively over-subscribed each year. The Scottish Six Days Trial attracts over 270 riders who together with their followers, spectators and the 150 Pre-'65 riders, provide a major boost to the economy of Fort William and the surrounding areas.