MONDAY 23/10/17


Long standing Red Bull athlete Dougie Lampkin once again defied the odds and showed that age is no barrier as he used his wealth of experience and utter determination to win the World famous Scott Time and Observation Trial for a fifth time and incredibly some twenty-three years after he first got his hands on The Alfred Scott Memorial Trophy...

Dougie's victory was even more remarkable, as it came on board a standard production Vertigo Vertical 300 that a few days earlier was being used as a customer demo bike.

Up against an entry of almost two hundred competitors packed with younger rivals and current World title contenders, and even a reigning World Champion, forty-one-year-old Lampkin showed why he is the holder of so many titles of his own, as he again claimed the win at what remains regarded as the toughest single day event of its kind anywhere on the planet.

Whilst Dougie may have now stepped down from contesting the World championship proper, but only after having accumulated twelve World titles over his almost decade long period of dominance, the tough Yorkshireman continues to increase his tally of silverware and to rewrite the history books along the way.

2017 has proved to be another vintage year for Dougie with the Vertigo rider winning both the Scottish Six Days Trial, back in May and now the Scott Trial, a feat that has only been achieved by the select few in the same season over the hundred plus years that both events have been held.

Although Dougie was not the outright fastest rider over the rugged Yorkshire moors last Saturday, he only finished a few minutes behind standard time setter James Dabill who would eventually end up in fourth place overall. Lampkinā€™s game plan of concentrating more on his observation score paid off as he posted the second best tally of the day through the seventy odd sections.

With eleven marks on time and forty-three on observation Dougie was declared the winner with a seven mark advantage over runner up Ian Austermuhle come late Saturday evening.

Totally shattered, Dougie did manage to summon up enough energy not only to lift the famous trophy but also to share his thoughts about his latest success. "That has to be one of my toughest days ever on a bike. Unfortunately, my schedule on the run up to the event didn't really give me enough time to do the amount of preparation I really wanted to."

"Don't get me wrong I still did enough hours to make my body sore even before the Trial had even begun, so I knew it was going to be a tough day as I have really been struggling with pain in my arms."

"I set off hard and tried to hang on as long as I could at that pace, but I paid the price as the last hour was simply a case of survival. I was passed by a few guys on the way in, but there was nothing I could do about it as just hanging on was a real problem."

"I knew I was there or thereabouts on observation, but until they read your name out you never know if you have won or not."

"Winning the Scottish and the Scott in the same year is something my Dad always said was special, so I am very proud to have managed to do this especially at this late stage in my career."