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He’s some man for one man, as Dougie Lampkin showed everyone who’s boss by winning the Scott Trial regarded by many as the toughest single day trial around.
2017 has proved to be another vintage year for Lampkin with the Vertigo rider winning both the Scottish Six Days Trial, back in May and now the Scott Trial.
This a feat that has only been achieved by the select few in the same season over the 100-plus years that both events have been held.
“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,” told Lampkin.
Up against an entry of almost 200 competitors packed with younger rivals and current World title contenders, and even a reigning World Champion, 41-year-old Lampkin showed why he is the holder of so many titles of his own.
Although not the outright fastest rider over the rugged Yorkshire moors on Saturday, he only finished a few minutes behind standard time setter James Dabill, who would eventually end up in fourth place overall.
Lampkin’s game plan of concentrating more on his observation score paid off as he posted the second best tally of the day through the 70-odd sections.
11 Marks Lost
With 11 marks on time and 43 on observation, Dougie was declared the winner with a seven mark advantage over runner up Ian Austermuhle.
“That has to be one of my toughest days ever on a bike,” continued Lampkin. “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.
“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."
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.