As Dougie celebrates twenty-five years since he won his first TrialGP event and his maiden Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) - he recently sat down with the highly applauded journalist Matt Barr for an in-depth interview about his long career - The resulting hour long Looking Sideways Podcast provides an amazing insight to the man behind the champion:

Matt Barr sets the scene 

"As a kid you dream of becoming all sorts of weird and wonderful things. I just wanted to be a world champion, and I managed to achieve that.”

I’m back with perhaps my must successful guest ever – Dougie Lampkin, the motorcycle trials legend who dominated his sport to such an extent he has crossed over into the mythical realm where he basically symbolises his own sport in the eyes of the mainstream.

And when you run the numbers, it isn’t difficult to see why. Dougie, who hails from the first family of British motorcycle trials riding, won his first Scottish Six Day Trial and Trial GP events in 1994. He went on to have an era-defining career which saw him win seven consecutive world titles and dominate his sport to such an unparalleled degree that today he is still considered to be the greatest trials rider of all time.

These days he still competes in the Scottish Six Day Trial event and continues his association with long-term sponsor Red Bull, for whom he continues to work on stunts such as his mission to wheelie around the Isle of Man TT course, a feat he counts as being up there with any of his world titles.

A career of incredible highs, basically – and with those come the attendant lows, including the moment his crown slipped and the winning streak ended and the recent loss of his beloved father Martin, Dougie’s friend, mentor and partner throughout his career.

This conversation is a brilliant investigation into the mind of an absolute winner and how somebody who has experienced the greatest highs their sport has to offer copes with the negatives that inevitably follow. Big thanks to Dougie for being such great company and for getting into the spirit of the podcast so wholeheartedly:


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