The Army Trials Team
Trials riding is both one of the most demanding of 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 biggest 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 1950s and only missed one in 2001 (Foot & Mouth). The event covers an average 100 miles per day over some of the hardest terrain in Lochaber, Scotland. Day one starts from the centre of Fort William (first Monday in May) and finishes six days later 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 or WO2 Vince Mackintosh on the numbers 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 (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.
WO2 Vince Mackintosh (SCOTS) Team Captain - Has ridden the SSDT 13 times, he is currently serving at Infantry Training Centre Catterick.
SSgt Daz Hesleton (REME) team rider - Has ridden the SSDT 11 times, he is currently serving with 14 Signal Regt.
Cpl Sam Sanderson (REME) team rider - Has ridden the SSDT on one previous year 2014.
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.
Cpl Ben Lamplough (REME) - Has taken on the Team Manager role for 2016. He has vast experience with the refuelling for the SSDT, and is currently serving with DSEME. Lyneham
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.
LCpl Jon Robb (RLC)
Sgt Stu Payne (Royal Signals)
Tpr Jack Metcalf (Scots DG)
Sgt Dean Devine (4 SCOTS)
LCpl Jay Eden (RLC)
The Army Trials team are in preparation for the 2016 SSDT 2 – 7 May with a confirmed team of: WO2 Vince Mackintosh, Cpl Sam Sanderson and Cfn Stuart Mack, bidding to win the John Bull Service Trophy for the 6th year in succession.
The Team have a new bike sponsorship deal for SSDT 2016 which will see them mounted on Betas provided by Acklams, with support from BETA UK John Lampkin Imports.
Future training events will be organised later in 2016 with team selection for 2017 taking place in December or January, if you are interested in attending contact Cpl Ben Lamplough.
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 6 times and is attempting to beat his last years best result on his 1962 BSA B40. This is Vince’s second year riding the event on a 1961 Triumph Tiger Cub. Battle will commence on these classic bikes from Kinlochleven 29-30 April 2016.
Scottish Pre 65 2 day Trial 29-30 April 2016
Scottish Six Days Trial 2-7 May 2016
Future training weekend dates will be announced shortly
For further information on events and fixtures check Army sports board fixture list under Motorsport.
Best Service Rider SSDT 2015
Best Service Team SSDT 2015
Trials Team Enquiries
For more details please contact:
Maj Sandy Mack
WO2 Vince Mackintosh
by using the form below to email us about this discipline