He may be resting up at home with his wife and children, but Mark Cavendish is already looking forward to being back on the bike, and back on the boards.

Nursing a broken shoulder blade, Cav is taking his second enforced break from riding this year after falling ill with glandular fever earlier in the spring.

But with more three and a half months left until Six Day London, and bone breaks in theory being easier to recover from than an illness such as the one he suffered with earlier this year, Cavendish is sure to be back and raring to go at the end of October.


And it’s not just the prospect of actually being back on the bike that motivates the Manxman, it’s the atmosphere of Six Day London that has him so excited.

After visiting the race in 2015 when also suffering from an injury, before finishing an agonising second with Sir Bradley Wiggins upon the Knight Rider’s farewell from racing on British soil last year, Cavendish was the first rider to sign up for Six Day London 2017.

“It’s always hard racing at Six Day London - it’s a big Six Day so everybody wants to win there - but the atmosphere is incredible,” he said.

“The noise from the crowd and the Lee Valley VeloPark velodrome is built around the acoustics in the building, so with the crowds we get then it’s pretty special.

“Six Day London won the award for best live entertainment, which shows that - not from a biased perspective - it’s amazing. The atmosphere is what blows people away.”

Cavendish has three times been world Madison champion, and with the 30-time Tour de France stage winner having never won an Olympic gold medal, he recently raised the spectre of another Olympic appearance at Tokyo 2020 after the race was reintroduced into the Olympic track cycling programme.

Being one of the modern day Madison masters, and having won the famed Ghent Six Day previously, Cavendish is excited by the race’s renaissance.

“For me, the Madison is the history of track cycling and to see it back in the Olympics is incredible news and I think it will only make Six Day racing grow,” said the 32-year-old.

“I’m sure the biggest riders in the world, who want to go and compete for an Olympic medal, will be using Six Days to prepare for it.”

Whatever the race, though, Cavendish is encouraging everyone to come and experience the Six Day London buzz.

“I think that turning cycling into more than just a bike race, into a whole entertainment scenario, is what Six Day London do brilliantly,” he concluded.

“If it’s that much fun for a rider, I can only imagine what it’s like for the fans and the other people watching.”