Six stars for the London Six-Day races

Six stars for the London Six-Day races

 

London’s Six-Day races were a top attraction last year and this year they’ve added yet more stars, in the shape of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, to the mix. The London Velodrome becomes an extraordinary place when the crowd turns up the column as the riders turn on the speed – and it invariably happens when Wiggo and Cav race together. At moments you feel the whole building will rise up, such is the noise and excitement.

 

Six Day racing returned to the city where it was born (at the Agricultural Hall in Islington) in 2015. The modern version no longer expects the riders to keep going 24 hours a day but the entertainment is still non-stop with barely a moment between the many contests you can hold on a velodrome track – from Madison to Keirin (won by Matt Rotherham on Thursday to thunderous applause) to straight sprint. For London there is noirish lighting and top DJs to keep you in the mood.  The racing in vintage year finished on Sunday (October 30th 2016) with Cav and Wiggo just pipped at the post by the defending Belgian chamnpions Moreno de Pauw and Kenny de Ketele. If you missed this year's races look out for more in 2017. 

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