1914 Scottish Six Days Trial

1914 ssdt abriachanA rider gets caught out on the hillclimb at Abriachan in the 1914 SSDTIt is a popular misconception that there were no Scottish Six Days Trials between 1914 and 1918 because of the Great War. That is not the case. With events in Europe not escalating until June of 1914, the last event held before the majority of likely competitors were involved in other activities elsewhere was the 1914 event, for which more new rules were introduced. Seven named test hills were included, five of which had to be climbed non-stop before any competitor could claim a principal award.

Sadly the record of the individual daily routes can not be found but it can be assumed they were largely the same as had been used in 1913.

The seven nominated hills were:

First Day: Amulree and Trinafour
Second Day: Cairn o’Mount
Third Day: Abriachan
Fourth Day: Tornapress and Applecross
Fifth Day: Glendoe
Sixth Day : No nominated hills.

On the second day the route took riders up Cockbridge Ladder, which, in the conditions which prevailed proved harder than the nominated Cairn o’Mount. An unexpected hazard was encountered at Carrbridge when the modern road bridge alongside the ancient drovers bridge was washed away during a cloudburst.

Sadly no record can be found of the names of the successful competitors, but it is noted that of the 120 starters, more than fifty achieved Gold Medal awards.

Information compiled and provided by Deryk Wylde.

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