10 things to look out for in 2018
31 December 2017
It all kicks off tomorrow, 2018 is here.
While 2017 saw the first ever Six Day Series conclude with a thrilling finale in Palma de Mallorca, 2018 is set to be even bigger and better.
Here we take a look at the top ten things to look out for in 2018.
Six Day Berlin
No messing about with this one. It’s our first Six Day Series event of 2018 and is set to be a cracker.
Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw will be out to reclaim the title they won in 2016, while 2017 winners Wim Stroetinga and Yoeri Havik are back to defend their crown.
But with a large German contingent and the impressive Irish duo of Felix English and Mark Downey also on the rider roster, the Dutch and Belgian boys will not have it all their own way.
Multi-faceted Talent Cup
Beginning at 5pm and going on until as late as 1:30am, Six Day Berlin packs in an average of eight hours of action a day.
All that time allows for a men’s Talent Cup to run throughout all six days of competition, with multiple races per night.
And not only that, but for the final two nights there is a women’s Talent Cup to throw into the mix too.
UCI Women’s Omnium
In a change to last year’s schedule and how things are done at Six Day London, the women’s competition runs for the first three days of Six Day Berlin (Thursday-Saturday).
But the competition runs in the same format as Six Day London, with the world’s best female riders racing scratch, points and elimination races on the first day, before a full UCI omnium on day two.
They then finish off with a points race and 20km Madison to draw their competition to a close – but who will follow in Amalie Dideriksen’s pedal strokes and ride off with the Six Day Berlin women’s trophy?
We’re used to seeing the guys with the big thighs entertaining the crowds at our Six Day events now, but in Berlin there will be women’s sprinters racing on the final three nights too.
The full line-up is being kept under wraps for now, but with the history of success by Germany’s female sprinters in recent years it’s sure to be an impressive field on show.
You thought the derny races were loud, fast and adrenaline-fuelled? Well you haven’t seen anything yet!
If you’ve not seen a German steher race before then you’re in for a treat – imagine a derny race with the dial turned up to 11.
The steher racers ride behind souped-up derny bikes where the driver stands up to create a bigger slipstream for the steher rider.
A steherbike is more upright than a regular track bike and has the front wheel smaller than the rear which, when combined with the additional drafting of the derny driver, allows a rider to race faster and for longer – leading to enthralling racing.
Nate says goodbye
Not necessarily something we’re looking forward to, but something to definitely look out for.
Our Six Day superman Nate Koch will be calling it a day at Six Day Berlin – just three years after making his Six Day debut.
The charismatic showman has thrilled crowds around the world in recent years, but will hang up his wheels once Six Day Berlin 2018 – his fourth time racing in the German capital – is over so he can focus on his bike business and prepare for becoming a dad.
Six Day Copenhagen
Just two days after the merriment of Six Day Berlin is over, the regular Six Day Series season concludes in Denmark.
The final chance to score Series points and the last chance to qualify for our final in Mallorca, Copenhagen is a fitting finale to our regular season.
Lasse Norman Hansen and Michael Morkov gave the home crowd something to cheer in the men’s event last year, while Trine Schmidt made it a home double in the women’s event – but who will be victorious in 2018?
Six Day Mallorca
London, Berlin, Copenhagen – they’re all building to this, the Six Day Series final in Mallorca.
Belgium’s de Ketele and de Pauw confirmed their Six Day dominance with the Series victory in Mallorca this year, with Britain’s Elinor Barker adding the overall crown to her Amsterdam win in the women’s event.
Will we see the same names on the trophy come April 2018? Or will the carvers have to get their chisel out to etch a new name onto the track-board trophy?
Track World Champs
With Katie Archibald and Barker leading the way for Six Day Series riders at the 2017 Track World Championships, we cannot wait to see what the class of 2017-18 have in store for us in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.
One of the world’s best tracks, with the best riders on the planet, it’s going to be a cauldron of cycling and we can’t wait to see who will be donning the latest round of rainbow jerseys.
Six Day London
Tickets are already on sale and we’re already looking forward to the fourth edition of the reborn Six Day London.
Bigger and better each year so far, the Lee Valley VeloPark played host as Aussies Cam Meyer and Callum Scotson edged a nip and tuck six days of racing in October 2017.
And after two years of Belgian dominance from de Ketele and de Pauw they were finally knocked off their perch in 2017.
Will 2018 see a return to the top for them? Or after three years of home duos on the podium, but no overall win, will the London crowd finally get what they most desire?
Get your ticket now to make sure you don’t miss finding out!