For the past 5 days, that’s a lie, Six Day Racing was invented in London but it’s been a while since it’s been back.
For those that haven’t heard of Six Day Racing (and that included me), it’s pretty much what it says on the tin. Six consecutive days of racing where teams of two riders compete for an overall classification. The objective is to complete as many laps as possible, gaining points along the way.
Vita Coco were one of the main supporters for event and were kind enough to supply 5thLDN with some tickets (best seats in the house no-less: front row, finish line).
There was a huge mix of riders; in terms of age, nationality and experience. Niki Terpstra was probably the most recognisable name, winner of Paris-Roubaix 2014 along with riders from all over Europe, Japan and the US. There were plenty of GB up-and-comers as well, including Adam Blythe, Germain Burton, Mark Stewart, Ollie Wood and the ever entertaining Matt ‘Legs’ Rotherham. Seriously, his legs were massive. And he’s only 20 years old, wtf.
Madison, derny and keirin are arguably 3 of the most exciting track events to watch so having them back to back in one night was insanely good. Throw in a few sprints and time trials and you get a seriously good night of racing.