MOTORCYCLE TRIALS: Alford biker Bristow’s Highland fling

Emma Bristow tackles the rugged Scottish landscape. Photo: Yoomee
Emma Bristow tackles the rugged Scottish landscape. Photo: Yoomee

Alford female motorcycle trials rider Emma Bristow tackled the Scottish Six Days event at Fort William last week, and emerged as outright winner in the ladies’ section.

The legendary event is classed as the ultimate challenge in the world of motorcycle trials.

The sport of motorcycle trials is generally dominated by men, but Emma has taken the challenge of the event to another level, as she proved once again in the tough Highland competition.

From an entry of 288 riders, of which only 221 managed to finish, Emma finished having covered more than 400 miles and 180 hazards, bringing her Sherco machine with in 45th position overall, taking a Special First Class award and the Best Lady rider award for her efforts over the near week-long event.

Emma said she had thoroughly enjoyed the event, praised her machinery and looked to improve further in the future.

She said: “I break down each of the six day’s action into one day which keeps me 100 per cent focused on the changing conditions. The event is unique in the fact that each day throws different weather conditions and hazards which can easily affect your result.

“Every year my aim is a top 25 which I believe is a realistic result. The top 25 is possible and this is my ultimate goal and one that I will continue to pursue during my riding career.

“Riding the Sherco gives me added confidence as once again I had a trouble-free week with no problems encounted at all, proving it’s the ideal machine.

“This year’s event was extra special for me as Sherco owner Marc Tessier and his son Thomas, along with development engineer Joseph Paxau, were riding, and they all finished. The icing on the cake though was when my partner James Fry was joint first on day one, eventually taking an excellent sixth place finish, making him the highest placed Sherco rider.”

Emma expressed her thanks to her family, Sherco and UK importers MRS for all the support she has received, all her other sponsors, Edinburgh and District Motor Club and all the officials and observers that made the event happen.