SILSDEN rider Dougie Lampkin has won the world-famous Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) for a record-extending 11th time and the third time in a row for Vertigo.

At the age of 41, Lampkin showed he remains as competitive as ever, completing all six days of the event for the loss of a single mark to match the feat of Gordon Jackson in 1961. He also added the record of the equal lowest score at the SSDT to his incredible achievements.

Lampkin had ridden himself into a three-mark lead by the mid-point, having completed the opening three days and initial 90 sections without loss.

Thursday (day four) always promised to be the biggest test of the week for the already ten-time winner. Riding at the front of the 280-strong field, he had to use all his experience as he faced the longest day and its 30 rocky hazards in their most slippery state.

Not happy just to hold on to his lead, Lampkin went clean again, despite the odds not being in his favour, to further increase his advantage going into the final two days.

Friday saw the former multi-FIM Trial world champion benefit from the start rotation system - on this occasion riding at the back of the entry.

He made the most of the situation and the continued glorious sunshine to deliver yet another clean day and set up an enthralling finale.

While the Vertigo factory rider went into the last day knowing that, barring a disaster, he would take an 11th win, the real question was whether Lampkin could become the first ever rider in the 100-year plus history of the SSDT to ride the entire event clean and beat Jackson's record that had stood for over 50 years.

Unfortunately, a single dab in the third group of the day was to slightly blot an otherwise amazing week for Lampkin as he had to be content with victory and a share of the record for the lowest score.

Lampkin admitted afterwards: "It's a real bitter sweet moment right now. To have come so close to going clean and then to have just fallen short is hard to take right now. I really put myself under a lot of pressure with five clean days and knowing the record was in sight.

"I was bang on line, but the front wheel started to tuck in the first section at Lower Mamore. I could have hung on a bit longer but with only a six-mark lead going into the final day, the risk was too big. "As soon as I put my foot down the front wheel started to straighten up, so it was perhaps a soft and unnecessary dab, but we will never know that.

"My head definitely went after that, as that was all I could think of, and I am sure I will relive that dab and beat myself up about it for several days to come. Then I had to refocus and get back on with the job we had come to do to make sure the win didn't slip away too.

"To win 11 in total and six in a row with my lowest ever score at this stage in my career, isn't the worst week I suppose. It was nice to have my mum here to share it with me. The problem is that people are already talking about win number 12."