If March is the month for cobbles, then April is one for the Ardennes as the world’s best road riders tackle a week of rolling, tree-lined roads and races up ridiculously steep hills.
April was not just about road racing, though, with the Track World Championships taking place in Hong Kong, early in the month.
It began with the fastest ever edition of Paris-Roubaix, which saw Olympic road race champion Greg van Avermaet take the victory for Belgiam, with Iljo Keisse the highest finishing Six Day rider in 44th.
Only three other Six Day riders managed to finish the race, with Jon Dibben one of those as he missed the time cut but was determined to cross the finish line in his first attempt at the senior ‘Hell of the North’.
Action returned to the boards for the following week, though, and our Six Day Series riders starred in Hong Kong, as they returned to their respective nations with a total of 17 medals.
Seven of those medals were gold, with Benjamin Thomas and Cameron Meyer the standouts with two gold medals apiece.
Thomas’ came in the omnium and the Madison, in which he reunited with his Six Day Series partner Morgan Kneisky to bring home gold in an all Six Day top three.
Brits Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald also both picked up their maiden individual rainbow jersey, while there was finally a gold medal for sprint machine Denis Dmitriev.
We then headed from Hong Kong to Belgium for Amstel Gold, and it was Pim Ligthart first and last man home for the Six Day Series riders in 74th, nine minutes down on winner Philippe Gilbert.
Fleche Wallonne proved not to be the terrain for male Six Day Series riders, but it did see Six Day London 2015 rider Dani King score a top 20 in the women’s race, while Italy’s Giorgia Bronzini failed to finish.
Heading into final race of the Ardennes Classics week at Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the fourth of cycling’s five Monuments, it was once again King leading the Six Day charge, with no male riders selected for the arduous slog up and down the Ardennes – not exactly a route made for the world’s best track riders!
King came home 32nd in the women’s race, with Germany’s Charlotte Becker in 90th and Bronzini five places back – but there was better to come from the Italian just a week later.
As racing returned to the British Isles for the Tour de Yorkshire, Adam Blythe scored a top ten on the opening stage, while Bronzini came home third in the women’s race on Saturday – capping a medal-laden month for Six Day riders on both the track and road.