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Sherco take one-two in Scottish Six Day Trial

By Carly Rathmell
May 11 2004

MRS Sherco riders Graham Jarvis and Sam Connor took a fantastic one-two in the extremely prestigious Scottish-Six-Day-Trial. Jarvis, who made a late entry into the trial, dominated all week and was sitting at the top of the leader board every night. Six days of intensive riding in the extreme Scottish conditions proved that Jarvis was still a step above his fellow competitors. The weather was reminiscent of 2003, with cold wet showers throughout the week. With a full entry of 280 riders all fighting it out for the top spot, it was Jarvis who had the situation under control. The riders covered a total of 526 miles over the six days. Battling with the elements and also some impressive sections it’s a trial to test the skills and determination of some of the most focused riders. Year after year the entry is full, hundreds of people are declined an entry and it’s only the lucky ones who are accepted.

One of the biggest off road trials events in the World, the Six Day Trial brings competitors from far and wide, from all corners of the Globe, people who talk for months about the famous SSDT. Discussing their routes and how they will tackle the sections that they are faced with.

London based Sam Connor had a poor start to the week, dropping a total on Monday of 11, putting him down to 22nd place. It was Connor’s early start on Monday and he was faced with the loose slippery sections and small dabs proved costly at the end of the day. A tough feat for the young 23-year-old to fight back from but fight back he did and slowly, day by day, he raised his game and climbed his way back up the tables. By Wednesday he was sitting comfortably in third place behind fellow Sherco rider Joan Pons. It was looking like a positive Sherco one–two–three but Spaniard, and 2003 winner, Pons gained a number of maximum 5s on the latter days of the week, which saw him finish the week in eighth position. With first, second and eighth, Sherco managed to gain the Manufacturers’ Award to add to their collection of Silverware.

World number five Graham Jarvis, who originates from Kent but has been an adopted Yorkshireman for the last eleven years after moving up North to live with Manager and Minder Malcolm Rathmell, was consistent throughout the week, losing an overall total of twelve he took his third SSDT win. Having not ridden the Scottish since 1999, Graham was welcomed with open arms by the hundreds of people that had made the trip to Fort William to observe this illustrious event. Jarvis made the trip worthwhile and was inch perfect throughout the week. Come rain or shine Jarvis was on a mission to ensure he gained the win for Malcolm Rathmell Sport and his Factory Sherco Team.

Commenting, Jarvis said, “It’s been a great week for me, and the confidence boost that I needed. The Scottish Six Days is always an interesting trial and small marks are costly. As Sam showed on Monday, a few small dabs and you drop a lot of places. I had to remain consistent throughout the week and keep my mind focused.”

Malcolm Rathmell said, “It’s been a good week for Sherco and the team. Graham and Sam getting the one–two has been a great achievement. It’s the second year on the trot that Sherco have won the trial. A lot of work goes into getting ready for the SSDT but when you get a result like that it makes it all worthwhile.”

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