It was a week of success for our Six Day Series riders in Hong Kong as they proved just why they are the best in the business.
A total of seven rainbow jerseys were won by Six Day Series riders, with a further six silver and four bronze medals also going the way of Six Day.
Now, we don’t like to blow our own trumpet here at sixday.com, but 17 medals being won by our riders, it just goes to show what world class riders choose to ride in the Six Day Series.
So how were they all won?
The gold medals were spread out between six separate riders, as four different nations represented Six Day at the top of the World Championship podium.
Cameron Meyer and Benjamin Thomas stand clear above the rest with a pair of medals apiece, as the Aussie made an instant impact on his return to the World Championship stage.
Fresh from winning the team pursuit and points race gold medals at the Australian National Championships, the endurance man repeated that success in Hong Kong.
And Thomas was equally as impressive in the omnium, taking gold on the penultimate day before backing that up with a stunning Madison title alongside Morgan Kneisky in the final race of the week.
That Madison saw eight of the top ten pairings with Six Day representation, as Meyer and Callum Scotson took silver behind the French pair – pushing Six Day Series champions Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw into third place.
The remaining men’s gold medal went to big Russian sprinter Denis Dmitriev as he finally got his hands on a rainbow jersey after years of silver and bronze medals.
While in the women’s events it was Britain that dominated with Six Day London champion Katie Archibald showed the form and track craft that also took her to second places in Berlin and Mallorca as she won her first individual rainbow jersey in the omnium.
And anything her teammate could do, Elinor Barker could do better, with the Six Day Amsterdam and Series winner following up her silver medals in the scratch race and first ever women’s World Championship Madison, with gold in the points race – also her first individual World Championship title.
The remaining medals came in the men’s events with Albert Torres making it two Six Day riders on the omnium podium as the Spaniard took bronze, while Britain’s Chris Latham put in a stellar sprint to grab himself bronze in the scratch race and Kenny de Ketele did the same for points race silver.
With Czech sprinter Tomas Babek chalking up bronze in the keirin and a shared silver in the kilo time trial, it was just left for Regan Gough and Pieter Bulling to take team pursuit silver for New Zealand.
Team Six Day medals
Denis Dmitriev – individual sprint
Cameron Meyer – team pursuit + points race
Elinor Barker – points race
Katie Archibald – omnium
Benjamin Thomas – omnium + Madison
Morgan Kneisky – Madison
Tomas Babek – 1km time trial
Elinor Barker – Madison + scratch race
Cameron Meyer + Callum Scotson – Madison
Kenny de Ketele – points race
Regan Gough + Pieter Bulling – team pursuit
Chris Latham – scratch race
Kenny de Ketele + Moreno de Pauw – Madison
Tomas Babek – keirin
Albert Torres - omnium