Active Lincolnshires Personality of the Year 2015, Emma Bristow, has been crowned “Best Lady” at this year’s Scottish Six Days Trial.
Last week Emma, along with the 283 other riders, made the annual trip to Fort William, in the Scottish Highlands, for the 2016 edition of the Scottish Six Days Trial.
Riding as number 61, Emma knew the first two days would be tough riding at the front of the pack, especially with an all new route set for her earliest day on Tuesday.
Keen to make a good start to the week, the riders awoke to a very wet Monday morning with torrential overnight rainfall and slightly warming temperatures melting the snow on the mountains, causing havoc to the course. Despite high water levels forcing a number of sections to be cancelled and extreme riding conditions for early riders, Emma had a good opening day slotting into 42nd position.
Tuesday began with Emma being the 11th rider through the sections.
Emma, speaking on the day, said: “My main objective was to try and limit my score as much as possible and try not to drop down the order. I was pleased to hold 52nd position as I move to the back-end of the starting order tomorrow. I am now determined to improve and knowing that I have had my earliest days I hope to take advantage of the rest of the week and hopefully pull back some positions.”
Wednesday and Thursday were also good days for Emma, who is in great form. She had climbed back into 42nd position in the overall standings ahead of a difficult race on Friday.
However, despite Friday’s course being notoriously known for its difficult sections, it was perhaps Emma’s best day as she moved up to her best ever position of 36th with the final day remaining.
She said: “Today I felt on fire, I finally feel like everything has clicked. I feel great on the Sherco 300 and I have had some great cleans on some difficult sections.”
With the final day of competition over Emma finished in a credible 42nd position in the overall standings.
Emma added: “I am really pleased with my riding all week, it is a very physical event and although I would have liked to have finished higher I have still finished with my best ever result. Next year my ambition would be to finish in the top 40.
“I am proud to be the winner again of the best lady and very happy with the winning margin of 159 marks over the nearest competitor in this class.
“My Sherco 300 has proved once again what a great machine it is, with zero problems all week. I would like to thank everybody at Malcolm Rathmell Sport, David from Sherco Spain and all my other sponsors for such great products making everything about this tough event that little bit easier.
“With the opening round of the World Championship drawing ever closer this is a great result and gives me great motivation as I look forward to beginning my 2016 World Championship campaign.”
The busy schedule now continues as Emma travels to Wales for this weekend’s British Championship Trial.