Between Tradition And Future: The State Of Six Day Racing

Between tradition and future: The state of Six Day Racing

Lukas Knöfler 7 Feb 2019 We take a look at the state of Six Day events and wonder where the future of this area of cycling might lie In the beginning, back in the 1890s, Six Day races were just that, six days or 144 hours of continuous racing, with the rider who completed most laps of the velodrome track winning. Eventually, riders were put together in teams (usually a pair, but occasionally teams of three), with only one rider in the race at the same time, and exchanges being done by hand-slinging the teammate into the race. This was first practised in New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1899, and the new discipline acquired the name ‘Madison’ from that venue. During the heyday of the sport, from the 1950s to the 1980s, there were 30 or more Six Day races each year. Today, only seven remain – London, Gent, ...

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