Saturday’s event is widely regarded as one of the toughest motorcycle events in the world, with less than half the 200 starters normally making it to the finish.
Held in and around the Swaledale area, the 80 mile off-road course through moors, peat bogs and streams is seen as the ultimate test of a rider’s fitness and skill, with over 70 sections to be negotiated along the way.
Not only is the course ultra-hard, but it’s all against the clock. The fastest man around sets the standard time and everyone else has to finish within 2 hours of that time – or face elimination.
The first rider to tackle the course on Saturday morning will be Island rider Mark Coombes from St Helens, who is competing in the Scott trial for the first time.
Just 15 minutes later, James Stay from Newport will set out on his second attempt to make the finish having made the halfway point the last time he rode some years ago. He’s been training hard and is determined to finish this time.
The next Island rider to start will be Josh Stephens, also from St Helens, who has just made the finish before and will hopefully make it again.
With the top riders starting at the back of the entry, British expert champion Chris Stay sets off just before 10:00 and will be looking to see the finish some 5 hours later for the fourth time running.