The inaugural Leven Valley Two Day Twinshock Trial kicks off this Saturday, starting from the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven, with one long lap each day, in keeping with SSDT tradition.
The event attracted a full house entry, mixing Pre-65 and Twinshock machines. With the awesome trials history in the area riders are in for a real treat. The event has been made possible by the reincarnation of the old Kinlochleven & DMC which was sadly disbanded in the 1980s.
The reformed club emerged earlier this year with one goal in mind, to get an event organised by local enthusiasts. This has been achieved. The prime-mover is local businessman Martin Murphy, a well-known character in Scottish trials, ably assisted by Lorna and David Dougan from the village.
With help from friends and family, they also enlisted Tam Weir who has built up a wealth of local knowledge having been involved with the Pre-65 Scottish.
Said Martin: “It’s been a lot of work, but we have a great team with a passion for what we are doing. We just need to run it, learn from any mistakes and build this into an event that riders will come back to do again and have great fun in a great area in God’s trial country.”
Both days start at the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven with Saturday heading for Lower Mamore, then up the zig-zag path for Amboadac and along the Mamores, as far as Callart falls then back via Callart falls and Butha Burn then on to Upper Mamore, one sub at School Falls then back to the finish.
Sunday starts with two sections at Aluminium Works and then head up to the world famous Pipeline before heading for Blackwater via the Pylons for six sections, round the moors to two new sections called Loudons and back to the finish and a section right by the side of the road.
There’s almost 200 riders looking forward to this treat including Glen Scholey, Mick Grant, James Noble, Rob Bowyer, Paul Dennis and Staurt Blythe, Nigel and Chris Greenwood (and their immaculate Hondas) Chris Gascoigne, Ossy Byers/ Butch Robson and Gary Younghusband, Richard Allen, Nick Shield and notable Scots Calum Murphy, Neil Dawson, Alan Crayk plus Scottish trials champ Craig Houston.
And even the mighty Mick Andrews, Scottish Six days legend dubbed the Monarch of the Glens, has an entry. Would be good to see Mick on an Ossa!
The legendary Sammy Miller, multi-winner of the Scottish Six Days and the Pre-65 Two Days will be there, having donated the main trophy for the club. Sammy will be presenting the prize-winners with their spoils on Sunday afternoon in the Ice Factor, with master of ceremonies being John Moffat who will be riding #1.
Miller told TMX: “I am very excited that such an event is being promoted. There has been a demand for a number of years, to cater for what we now call Twinshock and Britshock machines.
“All I can say is ‘Good on the local Kinlochleven club for making all this happen and inviting me to be part of the very first one. This event looks set to be a classic in its own right.”