2018 Scottish Six Days Trial

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Norman Foley, Apr 11, 2018.

  1. MT 007

    MT 007 Been here awhile

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    I would think you only mark for the sub section of the section you are responsible probably from a certain gate or start to another gate then the next observer takes it from that gate to another one or to the end...

    As far as no stop these sections are very different than what we see around here. For one thing there is only one line not different lines for each level of ability (what a joy for setting the sections) there are also not a lot of huge obstacles but more good sized obstacles that flow into one another so keeping your momentum going is most likely going to be more beneficial than stopping to setup for things.
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  2. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    I’m guessing the observer has a definite area of the section that they score. They can see further, but only score when the bike passes in and out of certain markers.
  3. thegraydog

    thegraydog 2 wheels X 6 ways

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    Yes. And note too that no-stop rigor is consequential for the top twenty riders. The next 250 may have accumulated thousands of fives for no-stop. But if you are then off the bike or unable to get going again, it don't matter much.
  4. LowPSI

    LowPSI Been here awhile

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    Leave the Scottish alone. It's the greatest trial in the world. Sit at your screens and find fault, go ahead, but the real credit belongs to those up before dawn every day setting the course, the observers standing in the rain and riders who struggle through it all.

    The Observers know what they are doing. They have many years of experience and the riders are scored fairly and consistently.

    There is a spirit and camaraderie that exists for a special week in Scotland that has to be experienced.

    Yes, the Scottish is hard. It's the hard that makes it great.

    Keep moving forward. Just like life you are being scored and there is no arguing with the Observer.



    http://www.trialscentral.com/index....dlines/20086-2018-ssdt-hailed-another-success
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  5. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    Very well said! Thank you!
  6. MT 007

    MT 007 Been here awhile

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    AGREED !!!
    I will make it there some day even if it is just to observe - I hope none of my comments were taken negatively I truly believe it is one of the very top events in our sport !!!
    Jonathan English is visiting us here in NS this weekend (from Ontario) to put on a training session, he has ridden the SSDT many times, he is disappointed he missed it this year - I always enjoy hearing stories about the event. I asked him what it would take for me to prepare for it, given my current abilities - basically he figures I would need to get into better shape than I ever was in my twenties then become one of the top 5 riders in Canada from my current novice standings - at age 55 my sense is it may be a bit of a stretch goal for me - LOL !
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  7. lineaway

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    To celebrate Honda's 70th year I thin:clapk LowPsi should ride it again next year.
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  8. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    With you by his side, riding a 4RT!:D
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  9. LowPSI

    LowPSI Been here awhile

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    As far as I know only one North American has ever been accepted as an Observer at the Scottish. N.E. "Wick" Wicker was honored by the Edinburgh and District Motor Club and given a section to observe after a decade of attending the Scottish as a spectator.
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  10. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    MT 007 is from Nova Scotia(New Scotland), so they might take him in as a lost trials son?!!:D
  11. lineaway

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    At our age we would need to lean on each other just to ride the loop, let alone the bloody sections. When NATC tried the 3 days in a row, the third day was not so fun. That would only be the halfway point. :knary
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  12. heffergm

    heffergm Long timer

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    The SSDT is just a torture test. If you consider that a trial, that's fine with me, but six days of stream beds is about as entertaining as eating my own head.
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  13. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    Not for every trials rider, that's for sure. Is this what every trial should be? No... I know lots of excellent trials riders, who have zero interest in the SSDT. I'm just old enough at 63, to remember the time before trials and enduro really went their separate ways. When riders like Sammy Miller and Jeff Smith, rode both the SSDT and the ISDT. I followed the enduro path and the ISDT/ISDE was always the jewel in the crown and what captured the imagination of most riders... Everyone's secret or not so secret dream and aspiration. I'm lucky enough to have a close friend, who has won 20 Gold Medals at the ISDE and for him it was an obsession. He also won more than a few of them, on a 125...
    I've always enjoyed riding stream sections on my enduro bike, competing and trail riding. Riding them on a trials bike, is easier now. Can I ride the toughest ones? Probably not!

    When my interest was finally drawn into trials, at this late stage in life.... Pretty natural for me to be drawn to the SSDT and the Scott Trial. Am I ever going to do these at this stage? No, but I wish I had been drawn into trials sooner and I might have made a stab at it. In the mean time I'll get my long distance trials fix, by doing my club enduro trail work for my 30 mile section on the Scorpa. I'll get to ride some cool creek sections! And the Tryals Shop Adventure rides, where we ride some of the coolest creeks in the Finger Lakes. Also the M+M Gate Trial, that even though the loop is short, has some of the longest flowing SSDT style sections anywhere.

    I enjoy that I can have a blast on a trials bike in a small space and that the main focus of the sport is about in the ribbons of the section, but enjoy the really old school style too!
  14. laser17

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    My father told me the hardest part of the SSDT was the cold weather combined with the getting your bike unstuck from the bogs (seemingly impossible to get a bike out on your own if you bury it good). He loved it, but he was like that.
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  15. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    Best SSDT quote of the week, from Trials Guru report...
    "Scotsman, Robbie Allan lost his false teeth at Fersit on the Thursday and frantically searched for them in the whote water to no avail. Fortunately he had packed a spare pair which he pressed into service for the Friday Road Trip run and finished the event without any further drama!"
    Read full report here....
    https://trialsguru.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/ssdt-2018-trials-guru-review/
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  16. heffergm

    heffergm Long timer

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    Lol
  17. CDMAN

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    I believe the best training tip was told to me by "Trialsguy" who rode it a few years before I did. His tip was to buy an old Yamaha xt 500 and find a farmer field that had just been plowed. Ride back and forth across the rows as fast as you can. When you can do this continuously for 4 hours several days in a row you might be in shape for the SSDT.
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  18. CDMAN

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    Very well stated.
    The people that organize and work the event are fantastic. Comaradie is unbelievable.
  19. Trialsguy

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    At the risk of getting all 'Zen' about it, sometimes an event transcends the basic root activity taking place.

    Walking into Fort William parc ferme on the morning of Day 1 with all your gear on is a unique feeling. Not like your local trial.

    Standing on a beach at daybreak with 2,000 other people before the cannon goes off to start the open water swim portion of an Ironman tri , and your gut sure tells you that the coming (long) day will be one to remember.

    Compare walking out your front door for a 5K morning run to listening to the countdown with 41,000 fellow runners at the Chicago marathon.

    Suffer-fests one and all, but the energy that oozes through them , and into you, is incredible. And sometimes you just gotta see what you can get through.
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  20. Brewtus

    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    I....

    ....am not worthy!!! :bow
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