• Four events – London, Amsterdam, Berlin and Copenhagen to form new series featuring top track riders
• Spectacular one night final on 17 March 2017 in Mallorca
Six Day Racing gets a 21st century makeover with the creation of the first-ever Six Day Series consisting of four events with riders accruing points. The top 12 male and female riders throughout the series will qualify for a one night final in Palma, Mallorca. Created by Madison Sports Group, the series will be covered live on Eurosport, with highlights from the London event and other series events also broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK.
• Six Day London: 25 – 30 October 2016 at Lee Valley VeloPark on Queen Elizabeth Park
• Six Day Amsterdam: 6 – 11 December 2016 at Amsterdam Velodrome.
• Six Day Berlin: 19 – 24 January 2017 at Berlin Velodrom.
• Six Day Copenhagen: 26 – 31 January 2017 at Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen.
• The season climax will be a spectacular one night, stand-alone event at the Palma Arena in Mallorca on 17 March 2017.
The television-friendly format will pit international teams of riders across multiple events. The series opener on 25 October in London will feature representatives of the last nine World Madison Champions, bookended by 2008 and 2016 champs Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.
World Madison Champion Mark Cavendish has been part of the consultation process with the series and welcomes the prospect “Six Day racing has always been one of the most exciting events on the calendar, but until now it has always been individual events, different rules and a variety of owners and operators. A structured Six Day series will revitalise the Six Day scene – and also transform track cycling in general. The crowd will love it as the season develops, but it is also a big step forward for the riders – serious racing, serious prize money – and serious fun.”
Madison Sports Group CEO Mark Darbon explained the concept, “Since we brought Six Day back to London for the first time in 35 years in 2015, we’ve been working on the concept of a bigger series and we can’t wait to get started. In London, Amsterdam, Berlin and Copenhagen we have four iconic cities with great Six Day heritage and in Mallorca, an exciting new venue. And that’s what our vision for Six Day is all about – we want to celebrate its rich history, update it and bring it to new territories. Having a series of events with consistent races, riders and entertainment will give us an ongoing story throughout the season which fans can follow across the world. We’ve spoken to a lot of riders about it – and they are hugely excited about the prospect.”
A women’s omnium series is set to run across the series in addition to a Sprinters’ competition at each event. As is traditional at Six Day races, each event will feature a live DJ and entertainment producing a fantastic atmosphere for riders and supporters alike.
Dimension Data will be providing telemetry and results services which will tell the story of the series in data form, Ticketmaster will be the series ticketing partner and the story of the season will be mapped out on sixday.com where fans will be able to catch up with the results and behind the scenes activity from across the events.
Six Day track racing is one modern sport’s oldest disciplines. Created in 1878, it grew to become the biggest spectator sport in the US at the beginning of the 20th century attracting tens of thousands of fans at venues across the country. The sport’s popularity continued throughout the 20th century in Europe with riders like Eddy Merckx regularly part of the winter circuit. Since the turn of the 21st century, the number of events has declined somewhat dramatically with 2015 seeing just six events taking place. The Six Day Series aims to reverse that trend and reinvigorate elite track cycling events for a new generation of fans.
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