Riders flock to Glen Nevis for Ally Beag Memorial Trial

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More than 100 competitors took part in the Ally Beag Memorial Trial in Glen Nevis on Sunday May 30.

The Scottish Auto Cycle Uinion Round 2 of the Scottish Trials Championship saw riders of all groups and rider levels take to hillside section.

Lochaber and District Motorcycle Club, which hosted the event, had been looking forward to this national trial after the 2020 event was postponed, and riders from all over Scotland travelled to Fort William to participate.

This annual trial is well-known for being a challenging one and this year was no different. Three hot laps of 12 sections were observed by officials across the bottom of Ben Nevis in what could only be described as Spanish-style weather.

The rider list featured Lochaber’s Scottish Trials Champion and ‘Sunday Warrior’ Gary MacDonald who parked up his pushbike and climbed aboard his 1963 Triumph Cub machine.

Although a ‘leisure’ day out for MacDonald, he still put in a classic performance and told the Lochaber Times: ‘Great trial and actually delighted to see the difficulty of the blue route from previous years was certainly upped.

‘Obviously not meant for pre 65 bike, but I had plenty trust in the bike and what I thought I could do on it. Happy to take the non-championship win overall.’

Also in attendance was 18-year old Ben Dignan, the local Vertigo UK Trials Rider who had recently returned from training in Spain.

Dignan commented: ‘It was a good technical trial which was good preparation for the non-stop world championships.’

Dignan was riding under the non-championship bracket for this event and intends participating in his home club events when he is back home. Up first, however, is a move on to Italy this week for the first stages of the FIM World Championships in Tolmezzo.

It was Duncan MacColl who would take the win on the premier route, dropping only 10 marks, followed by other winners Daniel Lamont on the Sportsman route, Callum Gammie on the Clubman route and Mark Jenkinson on the Adult C route.

Sportsman over 50 winner Patrick Palmer took the win followed by Clubman over 50 route winner Bill Ross and Clubman over 40 Andrew MacDonald.

Youth ‘A’ winner Grant Younie was followed by Youth ‘B’ winner Euan Sim, Youth ‘C’ Ruari Younie and Youth ‘D’ winner Oliver Wilson.

Lochaber and District Motorcycle Club thanks landowners for permitting this event.

*All photographs by Iain Ferguson, alba.photos