Trials ventures to the furthest reaches of the UK – and then a bit more – this weekend with the inaugural Shetland Two Day Trial, named the Simmer Dim Two Day.
Hosted by the Bon Accord (Aberdeen) club, a mighty 110 riders will travel from all over the UK to take part, despite the obvious logistical difficulties in getting to the Islands. They sit in the North Sea some 110 miles from the Scottish mainland and a 13-hour ferry ride from Aberdeen.
Trials riding Islanders Keith Leslie and Gary McMillan have been the real driving force behind the event and have gained massive support from the people and businesses on the Islands for the trial.
There’s also an auction and raffle on the Saturday night with all proceeds going to three local charities including the MRI Scanner Appeal.
Staging the trial has not been without difficulties, protected ground and Schedule 1 protected birdlife have had to be negotiated at the West Burrafirth venue, but the group involved have plotted a loop of around nine miles after working around restrictions.
Scottish Champion Andy Anderson leads the entry but with very capable English centre riders like Boyd Webster, Tom Middleton, Russ Rooksby and James Johnson all travelling north Andy won’t have the weekend all his own way.
Shaabers Head might not roll off the tongue like famous trials sections Pipeline or Surrender but as motorcycle trials breaks genuine new ground, it might just become a new slice of trials folklore.