After an absence of two years due to the pandemic, twelve times winner of the Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) Dougie Lampkin will mark his return to the highlands in a special way with the Yorkshireman having chosen six of his previous favourite clothing designs to wear during the 2022 event.
Dougie has identified the following designs for different personal reasons as those that stood out during his twenty-five years plus career, and with the help of Jitsie has brought them back to life with a modern twist for this year’s SSDT.
Dougie will wear a different set of clothing each day, starting with a special tribute to his late father Martin during Sunday’s opening parade, before then celebrating his own glory years over the next five days before then revealing his soon to launch Jitsie DL12 limited edition design on the sixth and final day of competition.
Below Dougie shared the reasons behind each of his choices.
1975 - My dad the first ever World Champion
This was the first year that the FIM Trial World Championship was run, having previously been a European series, so having my dad – Martin - win the first ever Trial World title is something very special to me. It was an iconic era for Trials with Bultaco becoming the dominant brand. My dad was sponsored by Hammonds sauce at the time – the big H logo is clear to see, as are those colours. It’s definitely one of my favourite sets of clothing of all time.
1992 - On domestic duty
When the gold and purple Beta Zero was launched in late 1991 it was a brave colour and design for the time. The clothing that Apico made to match the bike was awesome and probably one of the brightest designs I have ever worn, but I loved it then as a sixteen-year-old and still do now. I was just moving out of the youth ranks and was starting to do a few adult British nationals and championship rounds that year.
1994 - Maiden GP victory
This was my first year in the FIM Trial World Championship having won the European title the year before. The Screenart Beta years were a special time and I think everyone remembers the Anson clothing from that era. The season turned out much better than I probably expected with my first World round win at Houghton Tower on home soil early on plus three more podiums during the rest of the championship, which put me sixth overall come the end of the year.
1997 - First World title
The purple and red Beta Techno was another distinctive colour scheme and was the bike I won my first World title on. Hebo did a good job of making some cool clothing to match the bike, the thing I like about this design is how clean it looked with quite a lot of white on it, perhaps not the best for muddy events though. The Shoei helmet in similar colours and red Gaerne boots almost made me look like a professional rider ; )
1998 - The glory years
Red and black have probably been the colours I have worn most during my career. I particularly liked the Hebo one piece suit from this year, it really worked well with the 1998 Beta Techno. I totally dominated the World Championship that year and hardly put a foot wrong, eventually taking the title by almost one hundred points from Marc Colomer. It was also the year that I started working with my manager Jake Miller and we are still making things happen almost twenty-five years later.
2000 - All change
The year of change, the move to Montesa caused a stir as with my cousin John importing Beta everyone thought I would be there for life! I ran my own team under the Radson Montesa banner with all my own sponsors which really added something extra to the Hebo one piece that year. It also marked the start of my long association with the Cardinaels family, as Luc Cardinaels was the boss of Radson radiators at that time who is the father of Jan Cardinaels – the founder and owner of Jitsie – whose clothing I have worn since 2011.
2022 Dougie Lampkin 12 - Limited Edition
Over the almost thirty years of my riding career, I have worn many colours and designs from different clothing brands, although I have ridden in Jitsie for the longest period of any brand, and it’s since I joined them that I have really been able to personalise my gear. I might not be the greatest or most daring designer, but I know what I like and what I don’t like. My new DL12 limited edition range is based on a clean and simple design and was inspired by the kit some of the downhill mountain bike and MX riders are using and is something new for trials. I hope you like it!
The six clothing sets revealed
The six clothing sets were revealed during a live broadcast on Jitsie.com at 4pm – Saturday 30th April – when Woody Hole joined Dougie to talk through his different personal reasons why these designs stood out during his twenty-five years plus career, and how with the help of Jitsie they have been brought back to life with a modern twist for this year’s SSDT.