The complete entry list for the 2019 Scottish Six Days Trial, which will run from Monday to Saturday, May 6-11, has been released by the Edinburgh and District Motor Club organising committee.
And a grand total of 286 riders have been accepted, including those lucky to have been accepted from the official reserve list.
The entry is of course headed by the most successful SSDT rider of all time, reigning and 12-times winner Dougie Lampkin. “I am burning to win another Scottish to equal a record of World Championships set by Spanish road racer Angel Nieto,” said Doug at the recent Telford Show.
“He won 13 titles but being superstitious he called it 12 plus 1. It would be really cool to have 12 plus 1 Scottish Six Days victories!”
One black spot is that no fewer than 20 riders failed to take up their offer of a ride and worse, failed to contact the organisers to say so. This is simply unacceptable and not fair on the riders on the reserve list who face ever rising accommodation costs as the event draws nearer.
The club will be looking at this closely before next year’s event when the entry and payment system is expected to be changed. But for 2019 the stage is now set for another epic head-to-head between Doug and fellow Brit James Dabill but there is a very strong line-up with the likes of brothers Dan and Jack Peace, Jack Price and Michael Brown.
The Continental threat looks like coming from young Spanish rider Francesc Moret while countryman and former Scottish winner, Amos Bilbao makes a popular return.
No fewer than nine Ladies are proud to take their places including World Champion Emma Brisow and German challenger Theresa Bauml. With such a large and diverse entry it is inevitable that there will be some changes before the start of the 2019 edition of The Scottish.
You can find the full entry on the official SSDT website (ssdt.org) and also by the time you read this the reserve list will also be published so hopeful riders can check and see where they are!