Iwan Roberts and James Dabill led the way with unblemished records after day one of the Scottish Six Days Trial in Fort William.
Welshman Roberts and two-time SSDT winner Dabill negotiated the 71-mile opening course with limited trouble, putting them a point ahead of Doug Lampkin, Jack Price and Michael Brown. Lampkin lost his first mark of the week at Leanachan while Price and Brown were both scored down above Kinlochleven. Lampkin is a 12-time winner of the event and has claimed the last seven titles.
Ross Danby and Richard Sadler are next in line ahead of day two, coming in from the opening stage two marks down. Sherco rider Dan Peace had been in line to match Roberts and Dabill’s scores until a five on the final stage of the day.
A total of 25 out of the 282 entrants kept their scores in single figures on day one, with Frenchman Benoit Dagnicourt the best new rider with just points to his name.
Emma Bristow was the leading female rider after the first round of the SSDT, sitting in 26th overall on 10 marks, a huge 32 points ahead of her nearest competitor Jess Brown.
Today’s route is the longest of the week at 107 miles, taking in Laggan Locks, Creag Lundie and Clunes Forest in the final section of the day.