The Army Trials Team
Trials riding is one of the most demanding of the Off -Road motorcycling disciplines, and one of the most affordable and accessible. As its flagship event, the Army Motorcycle Trials Team takes part in the Scottish Six Day Trial (SSDT) one of the oldest and largest (113 Years) off road motorcycle events in the World. This is the only event where a clubman can ride alongside the best in the World. The Army has entered a team since the early 1930s and only missed one in 2001 (Foot & Mouth). The event covers an average 100 miles per day over some of the arduous terrain in the area of Lochaber, Scotland. Day one starts from the centre of Fort William (first Monday in May) and finishes six days later with one of the most arduous days on the lower slopes of Ben Nevis.
If you wish to get involved in trials riding, whether as a novice, or to join the team please don’t hesitate in contacting Maj Sandy Mack MBE on the number below. We are also looking for people to help with the SSDT refuelling teams each year, so if you would like to gain a first-hand insight into trials riding and see ‘The best Trial in the World’, come and get stuck in with the team.
Maj Sandy Mack MBE (SCOTS) Army Trials Secretary - Has ridden the SSDT 18 times and has set up the current structure and sponsorship for the Army Trials Team. He is also the Refuelling Manager for the Scottish Six Days Trial. He is currently serving with 106 Bn REME.
Capt Vince Mackintosh (SCOTS) Team Manager – Vince has ridden the SSDT 13 times, he is currently serving at 3 SCOTS.
Cpl Sam Sanderson (REME) team rider - Has ridden the SSDT on two previous year 2014 and 2016.
Cfn Stuart Mack (REME) team rider - Has ridden the SSDT on one previous year 2015 as a civilian, he has since joined 106 Bn REME as a reservist and competed at the 2016 and 2017 events.
LCpl John Robb (RLC) team rider – rode his first event in 2017 after a few years of helping the team and learning the event.
To develop younger riders to the standard required to compete at the SSDT we hold up to 3 training weekends throughout the year. Currently we have a number of riders for the future and are always looking out for new talent to boost our numbers, and ensure that there is representation from the Army in years to come.
Sgt Stu Payne (Royal Signals)
Tpr Jack Metcalf (Scots DG)
LCpl Dan Champion (REME)
The Army team has been very successful over the last few years by winning the coveted John Bull Trophy for Best Service Team, and also winning the best Service individual rider.
The Team are now in preparation for the 2018 SSDT 7 – 13 May 18 and selection will take place at a training weekend in February (Date TBC)
The Team will ride the 2018 Beta Trails bikes supplied by Acklams Beta and supported by the UK importer John Lampkin at Beta UK
Future training events will be organised later in 2018 with team in attendance to ensure that new and development rider gain from the more experienced riders.
Maj Sandy Mack and WO2 Mackintosh are competing in the two day Scottish Pre 65 trial the Friday and Saturday prior to the SSDT. Sandy has completed this event 7 times and is attempting to beat his last years best result on his 1962 BSA B40. This is Vince’s third year riding the event on a 1961 Triumph Tiger Cub. Battle will commence on these classic bikes from Kinlochleven 5-6 May 2018.
Scottish Pre 65 2 day Trial 5-6 May 2018
Scottish Six Days Trial 7-13 May 2018
Future training weekend dates will be confirmed shortly.
For further information on events and fixtures sanctioned by the Army Sports Control Board (ASCB) see fixture list under ASCB Motorsport.
Best Service Rider SSDT 2017
Best Service Team SSDT 2017
Trials Team Enquiries
For more details please contact:
Maj Sandy Mack MBE – Mobile 07584 705941
by using the form below to email us about this discipline