Dad beats cancer to bike 600 miles

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Oban’s ‘only competitor’ in this year’s Scottish six day motorcycle trials, George Gage, raised over £1,200 for the Beatson Cancer Charity competing in the event for the first time, celebrating 10 years as a cancer survivor.

The Scottish Six Days Trial, centred in Fort William each May, sees riders completing up to 100 miles each day over six consecutive days. Each day they will take on a combination of rough moorland, rocky tracks and public roads in the best – and worst – weather the Highlands of Scotland can throw at them.

Each daily route is designed to challenge the ability, experience, strength and stamina of each rider. To ride 100 miles and negotiate 30 sections each day for six consecutive days requires strength, expertise and exceptional reliability from both rider and machine.

For safety reasons, the Scottish Six Days Trial is limited to around 270 competitors, but entries are regularly in excess of 400, such is the popularity of the event. Mr Gage explained: ‘The Scottish Six Days Trial, commonly known as the Scottish, has a reputation for being the toughest trial in the world.

‘Since starting in 1909 riders from all over the world have come to compete in this event which is a real test of the skill, consistency and fitness of the riders, as well as a test of the bike itself.

‘The Scottish is one of the few events where everyday trials riders get to ride alongside with professional and world class riders. Competing in this trial is a dream of every trials rider.

‘I was diagnosed at the end of 2006 with testicular cancer which spread to my lung. I finished my treatment just before my daughter Olivia was born in June 2007. I am forever grateful for the care I received from the Beatson in Glasgow and would like to continue to support the amazing work they do for all the patients in their care.’

George Gage and his daughter Olivia at the end of his first motorbike trial.
George Gage and his daughter Olivia at the end of his first motorbike trial.

The Beatson Cancer Charity provides patients and staff with the most cutting-edge equipment, treatments and surroundings to fight cancer. It also offers a range of complementary therapies to help relax patients and provide relief from pain, insomnia, nausea, phobia and anxiety.

You can donate via George’s JustGiving webpage.