UK World Trial enjoys red hot opening day

Under glorious Scottish sunshine the sixth round of the 2011 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship got off to a flying start today, as a bumper crowd gathered to watch a catalogue of two-wheeled entertainment. With clear blue skies overhead and an electrifying atmosphere within, Nevis Range, Fort William – Scotland witnessed the World's greatest riders and their respective teams prepare for the main event, which will take place tomorrow - Sunday 31 July.

Once the riders had put their machines through technical control the festivities began with an autograph session, where the top riders were met by queues of excited trials fans. By mid morning the riders where busy practicing, which allowed the audience their first glimpse of the fierce competition between the individual athletes.

Next on the agenda was the finale of the Highland Challenge, which saw ex World champions Dougie Lampkin and Takahisa Fujinami go head to head in an all action downhill mountain bike race. Bashing bars into the first corner, Dougie was the first across the line, but a disgruntled 'Fujigas' demanded a rematch so the duo headed back up the mountain. This time Fuji was out for blood and second was not an option. Getting a strong start out of the gate the veteran Japanese rider stretched out a small lead over Dougie. Fearful that Lampkin would make a last minute dash for the finish, Fuji hit the penultimate jump with massive force and launched himself across the line in front of Lampkin. Whilst the surrounding crowd erupted into a frenzy of applause and Fuji punched the air in celebration, Dougie was understandably disappointed and is determined to make amends during tomorrow's main trial.

Ex British Trials champion turned stunt rider extraordinaire Steve 'Show Time' Colley then wowed the crowds with his display of two-wheeled tricks, before going head to head with close friend and rival Steve Saunders. Similarly to Fujinami and Lampkin, the two Steve's raced down the mountain bike course before the pair tackled one of the man-made hazards that will feature in Sunday's main event.

With the sun slowly setting opposite Ben Nevis, the first day of the British Grand Prix has been declared an overwhelming success. As the gates are closed a strong sense of anticipation hangs in the air as both spectators and riders alike look forward to tomorrow's main event – definitely something not to be missed!

Advance tickets are now closed, however day tickets will be available on the gate priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children. For further information call the event hotline on 0845 643 6756.

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