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Tons of reasons to celebrate.. Team mark centenary with entry into 100-year-old race.

Byline: Maggie Barry m.barry@roadrecord.co.uk

THE Scottish Auto Cycle Union are celebrating their centenary with a confirmed entry to the 100-year-old International Six Days Enduro in Sardinia.

The three-man team of Ricky Mair, 26, from Inverness, Neil Chatham, 22, from Gullane, East Lothian, and Frazer Norrie, 21, from Aberdeen, now have only five months to raise the PS7000 each to take part.

A spokesman for SACU said: "This is a particularly special year as the SACU are celebrating 100 years of motorcycle racing in Scotland.

"There is double celebration as it also marks 100 years since the motorcycling equivalent to the Olympics was first run in Wales in 1913.

"It is a great honour for the Scottish team to compete this year as there are many special events happening around the main competition."

" The Scots team remain unchanged from the last time they competed in Finland inthey came in as the team and Neil home a gold medal, as the second British club rider.

2011, when the ninth club tea brought ho finishing top Br All team yo re ex mw of the Scots team, although young, are relatively experienced.

the old race on in a Team Ricky is a mulitple awardwinning Scots and British champion Balso an bro bron silver Fraze Scottish a and recently and has already brought home a bronze in 2009 and a in 2011.

Frazer also holds and British titles, finished in the top 10 of the Weston Beach Race ahead of hundreds of other riders.

What makes the ISDE so special is that it is a test of man as well as machine.

An expensive, highly tuned machine counts for nothing if the rider does not have the commitment, fitness and skill to succeed.

It covers 200km a day of rough terrain and riders are penalised at each stage for arriving early or late. They have to maintain their own machines for the week with tools they carry with them.

The bikes are locked up every night and can only be worked on for 10 minutes in the morning and 15 in the evening.

Special daily tests help decide the finishing order and only 15 per cent get a gold medal finish.

The spokesman went on: "The SACU team have a great chance of finishing as one of the top club teams in the world and they are going to be working hard to raise the money."

The PS7000 includes transport, entry fees, insurance, accommodation, fuel, tyres and parts but not the bikes.

Anyone who can help should contact SACU at 28 West Main Street, Broxburn, EH52 5DW or at www.sacu.co.uk
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