It’s been a busy month in the world of cycling, with January seeing four back-to-back Six Day races across Europe, as well as the British National Track Championships and road racing action in the warmer climes of Australia and Dubai.
So while our attentions were focussed on Six Day Series events in Berlin and Copenhagen, we though it only right to bring you up to date on what Six Day riders had been up away from the glare of the Series spotlight.
Series stars shake off New Year hangover
The first week of January saw Six Day Rotterdam with Christian Grasmann prevailing alongside Roger Kluge, with Jesper Morkov and Lasse Norman Hansen finishing in second.
Wim Stroetinga showed signs of the form that would take him to a win in Berlin by finishing third alongside Dylan van Baarle, and Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw finished just off the podium in fourth.
The action then shifted to Bremen with Marcel Kalz teaming up with Iljo Keisse to get the win, while Stroetinga moved one step closer to the top of the podium, finishing second alongside Leif Lampater.
And there was more cross-pollination of Six Day Series teams as Yoeri Havik teamed up with Jesper Morkov to finish third, with de Ketele taking a break from de Pauw to claim fourth spot alongside Andreas Graf.
And the following week she won a hat-trick of British track titles by taking the individual pursuit, points race and scratch race crowns in Manchester.
But she wasn’t finished there and followed it up by winning a fourth British title, the following weekend, in the omnium – not a bad start to the year!
There was more success for Six Day Amsterdam champ Elinor Barker, too, as she won silver in the omnium, and bronze in the scratch race.
Titi on top
After wowing the crowds at Six Day Berlin with a series of stunning sprints, Switzerland’s Tristan Marguet showed his all-round track prowess by taking the national omnium title.
The competition was held in the new UCI format for the first time, meaning four races instead of six and the competition being over in just a day, rather than two.
And just the day after Marguet returned from Six Day Berlin with a ninth-place finish alongside Claudio Imhof, the speedster wrapped up the omnium win with a sterling showing in the day’s final points race.
Road racing returns
With the weather in Europe still keeping riders indoors on the track, road riders have to travel to the Southern Hemisphere, or the Middle East, to find conditions suitable for racing.
But even the Dubai Tour and the Tour Down Under did not escape the weather, with the first stage of the Aussie calendar-opener being shortened due to extreme heat, and a stage of the United Arab Emirate race being cancelled due to strong winds and sandstorms.
Six Day London runner up Mark Cavendish had a frustrating week in Dubai, being curtailed in his efforts to win the sprints by a puncture and a gearing problem.
While there was more success Down Under as Cameron Meyer followed a podium spot at Six Day London with an overall win in the team standings, when riding for the Australian national team, as he continues his return to racing after a career break in 2016.
Meyer was riding alongside his Six Day London teammate Callum Scotson at the race, and also picked up a podium place on stage four.