Vertigo’s James Dabill has claimed his third Scott Trial victory in what’s regarded as the world’s toughest single day trial.
Dabill secured the win in Yorkshire, England over Michael Brown second and Guy Kendrew third.
Running since 1914, the Scott Trial is a time and observation trial over an off road course of approximately 84 miles, divided into approximately 75 sections. The riders lose marks for “footing” in the observed sections and for finishing behind the fastest rider who sets standard time. Marks lost are at the rate of 1 mark per minute after standard time.
Almost more extreme enduro on a trials bike than traditional trials itself, it’s a race that’s seen a large contingent of today’s Hard Enduro greats learn their trade.
Even to this day, Graham Jarvis holds the most wins at nine while guys like Jonny Walker, Paul Bolton, the Hemmingway brothers have all secured top results there. Wayne Braybrook won it in 2000.
For 2016 it was Dabill who stole the show as he won the event for a third time. Already a two-time Scott Trial winner Dabill came into the 2016 edition as one of the favourites alongside his Vertigo teammate Dougie Lampkin — a four-time winner.
Dabill enjoyed a relatively trouble free day only needing to adjust his chain that had become slack during the latter stages at Shaw Gutter before then opting to continue to the finish with a badly damaged gear lever having himself struck a rock whilst fighting his way across Fremington Edge.
Losing just thirty-two marks in the seventy-plus sections, James was the best on observation and when his eleven time penalties were added to his tally, he took the win on a total of forty-three marks which was ten marks better than runner-up from Michael Brown as this duo ended the day well clear of Guy Kendrew who was a surprise occupier of the last podium place.
“It is a great way to end the year by winning the Scott as it is still one of the hardest events to win. “You’re never absolutely sure until your name is finally read out,” told winner Dabill.
Jonathan Richardson - another trials guy turned hard enduro rider - was the fastest finisher and fourth overall.
Fourteenth overall and securing a much sought after Scott Silver Spoon was Beta’s Ben Hemingway.
SuperEnduro and Trials world champ Emma Bristow (Sherco) was top female rider in 25th.
Top enduro mountain bike rider Greg Callaghan was also competing and was an impressive 78th finisher.
Unfortunately Lampkin suffered some cruel luck late in the race when a heavy impact with a boulder not only obliterated his gear lever but also caused irreparable damage to the internal gear selector shaft too. Jammed in first gear cruelly Lampkin was forced to retire within sight of the finish and after having enjoyed a good day on observation.