Scottish Six Days Trial history will be made in 2020 with the arrival of electric trials bikes in the event for the first time ever!
The French Electric Motion firm have entered two riders in the event, and which have been accepted, in the shape of former Trial World Champion, Spain's Marc Colomer and experienced British rider and EM importer Matthew Alpe. Both riders will compete in the event on the latest EM machinery.
Colomer not only won the FIM Trial World Championship in 1996, he was also crowned the first ever Trial-E (electric bikes) World Champion in 2017. Marc is no SSDT newcomer either having competed for the first time in 2006 when he finished ninth overall and was a member of the winning GasGas manufacturers' team. He returned the following year to take seventh place on the prototype four-stroke Scorpa. He has since been involved in the development of several different trials marques including Scorpa,GasGas, Ossa and now EM.
With electric vehicles of all types undergoing massive development it was inevitable that the Scottish Six Days Trial would eventually be targetted and, as it always has, the unique event will contribute positively to the development of the machines. The SSDT organisers are challenged with a new form of motorcycle propulsion and have already addressed the different safety aspects, logistics and refuelling arrangements necessary both for this year and also going forward, as the use of electricity to power motorcycles progresses in future.
In an ever evolving world, where green credentials are ever more important, welcoming electric machinery to The Scottish is a positive and momentous move.
Finally, some humour was injected by club stalwart Rab Patterson who quipped, "I hope these electric bikes will be fitted with cardboard 'flippers' jammed in the swinging arm poking into the spokes so that they make a brrrrrrrrrr noise, like we used to do on our cycles - or we will never hear them coming!"