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Rider Sunter urges more women to try Lochaber event

Katy Sunter at Nevis Range. Image: SSDT
Katy Sunter is one of six women competing at the Scottish Six Days Trial

A leading female motorcyclist hopes to encourge more women to compete in the Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) at Nevis Range near Fort William in Lochaber.

Katy Sunter, a 25-year-old from North Yorkshire, is one of only six women out of 270 competitors at the endurance event.

She said: "For me it is by far the best trial in the world bar none."

Sunter is taking part in the Scottish Six Days for the seventh time. It finishes on Saturday.

She said: "It's far harder than any other event in the year, it is like doing a national trial each day for a week so it really takes it out of you.

More girls should come and have a go
Katy Sunter

"There are no other events like it so it is difficult to prepare, all you can do is spend as much time on your bike in the months leading up to May."

Sunter, from Richmond, added: "More girls should come and have a go at the SSDT, because even if they hate it, at least they can say that they have given it a go and have experienced this great event."

The other women competing are Emma Bristow, 19, from Lincolnshire, and 17-year-old Joanne Coles, from Derbyshire.

Becky Cook, a 23-year-old lorry driver from the Isle of Wight, won the best female award at last year's event.

Australian Kristie McKinnon, 25, has ridden the trial once before, while Pauline Schmitt, 20, from Germany, is a newcomer to the SSDT.

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