Dougie Lampkin’s 5 Inspirations

Dougie Lampkin, London, July 2019. Photo: Tozer

1. His Dad Martin

“Growing up as a kid I always watched my Dad compete. He became World Champion in 1975 and I was born in 1976, so I went to events as soon as I was born. My father’s sponsor Bultaco gave my mother a motorcycle as a gift when she got pregnant with me so I already had a bike before I was born. I still own that bike today. Basically I had a headstart on everybody else. Did they put any pressure on me? Not at all. It was always down to me. Obviously, the name opened a few doors, for sure. We are a very big family and definitely a motorcycle family.”

2. His first Trial GP win in 1994

“In 1993 I went to ride a couple of rounds of the European Championships and I ended up winning it. There were always doubts, but that showed that I could win. The biggest event in ‘94 was the Scottish Six Day Trial, and to win it in my second year was unbelievable. On that day I felt like I could walk on water. I thought I could win everything. That’s really where it set off. I very quickly realised that winning was going to be a matter of how much effort I put in. Training for me was riding my bike everyday, but it was all fun and never felt like work. Back then I knew that if I give it 110% then no one could beat me. It was a great feeling.”

3. Losing the 2004 World Championships

“Winning World Championships once was amazing. So I never thought I’d win it seven consecutive times. Then you get greedy and never get satisfied. My Japanese teammate Takahisa Fujinami got really close to me the last year I won and I knew I had to put some extra effort in. Then he had me that year. It took a lot to get over that loss. There’s absolutely no way to prepare for it. I was so confident in what I did for several years. We are absolute best friends now but it still doesn’t feel good to have lost that one.”

4. Losing his Dad

“My whole life has has been about family. And I’m used to being in control, and then he got cancer and obviously you realise you’re not in control anymore. To lose him, the biggest part of the family was hard. No one did anything wrong. He was just, one of the unlucky ones. There’s nothing we could’ve done about it. But I’m still not over it.”

5. The Isle of Man wheelie

“I’ve been with Red Bull for 20 years now. After my World Championships, there were a lot of different ideas and I did a lot of projects. Obviously, I don’t do jumps so an alternative would be wheelieing. So the idea of wheelieing the course came about. I was convinced it was going to be the most boring thing to watch but everybody was excited about it. It must be right up there when it comes to the amount of pressure I’ve been under. It was definitely the best, daftest, most under pressure, draining thing I’ve ever done”.”