The Foreigner's Love For Scotland
The Scottish Six Days Trial is the most famous trial in the World and as such it attracts an eclectic overseas invasion. 2019 is no different and, at time of release, the entry list contained no fewer than 58 riders from outside the British Isles, representing a total of 12 countries. This is, of course liable to change as the entry list evolves with some riders being forced to withdraw for whatever reason and reserve riders taking their place.
The largest foreign country represented is, not surprisingly, Spain which at the moment boasts 20 entries. This includes former winner, the ever popular veteran Amos Bilbao who will ride a factory Montesa. Amos will be joined by the equally popular Carlos Casas who, this year along with lesser-known countryman Cesar Lopez, will be competing in his 30th SSDT.
Making his debut is Francesc Moret, an experienced Spanish rider on the European and World Champiomship scene and will certainly be a contender for Best Newcomer. His skill is undoubted, but how he will cope with the Scottish is a total unknown! Another interesting newcomer is Italian Beta rider, Filippo Locca.
Veteran, Dennis Sweeten is a regular from the United States and other familiar faces include Swiss rider Dominique Guillaume, the always smiling German, Jan Peters and former SSDT and World Champ, Gilles Burgat from France. Joining Burgat is fellow Frenchman, 1990s World Championship challenger Jean Luc Nictou. Jean Luc has recently ridden the Pre-65 Two-day Trial but now returns for only his second attempt at the Six Days.
On the Ladies front the foreign interest will centre on German newcomer, the talented 21 year-old Theresa Bauml, but we''ll look at the Ladies challenge in depth in a future post.
Kevin Gundry and Gary Samson represent New Zealand while fellow Antipodeans Luke Anderson and Connor Hogan fly from Australia. Stir in several entries from Costa Rica and Daniel Santos representing Guatamala and you have a truly international field heading for Scotland in May...