Six Day London 2017 – full women’s field announced
07 September 2017
A Madison, UCI points and a world-class lineup of 24 riders – the women’s omnium at Six Day London is set to be the best yet.
The refreshed women’s competition will take place over the second three days of Six Day London – which runs from October 24-29 at Lee Valley VeloPark – and feature the first ever women’s Madison race at a major Six Day.
With more entrants than places available the field was narrowed down to 24 riders, all of whom were nominated by their national federation.
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World and Olympic champions Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker, who had already signed up for the event and will form a formidable partnership in the exhibition Madison, cannot wait to get back on the London boards.
“People should come for the crowd and the racing, it’s so much more than watching it on the television and noting what people do, you’re part of this sensation of being part of an experience and part of a good time,” said world omnium champion Archibald.
“They can also watch me because I’m an idiot! You can shout attack and I’ll attack, I remember during youth races we were all up on the fence and someone shouted “Go, Katie, go”, so I was like ‘if they say so, then I’ve got to go’, so you can wind me up very easily!”
Barker and Archibald will be joined by several compatriots to form a high-quality British contingent including Eleanor Dickinson, Megan Barker, Neah Evans and Emily Nelson.
The remainder of the world-class field features several national champions, European and World Championship medal winners.
Former world and European scratch race champion Kirsten Wild – who finished second behind Archibald in this year’s world omnium event – will compete for the Netherlands, while reigning world scratch race champion Rachele Barbieri will be present for Italy.
The introduction of the Madison to the women’s programme at Six Day London marks its inclusion in the Olympic schedule for Tokyo 2020, and world points race champion Barker sees it as a key race in her Olympic preparations.
“I’m so happy about how quickly the Madison has been taken up by anyone. It wasn’t announced that long ago that it would be an Olympic sport,” she said.
“And it’s only been an event for women at the World level for about a year. So to just be picked up so quickly by everybody, and to have these really high standard exhibition races, where people can come and watch and the riders can practice, is awesome.
“It’s such a technical event and the fact that it’s never been an Olympic event for women before means that it hasn’t been a focus in people’s training.
“Everyone can ride a Madison, but you need that race experience. So it’s really important to get that experience now and to be able to progress the race before Tokyo.”
Riders will compete as individuals and then will team up with an international team mate to compete in the 20km Madison in Sunday’s final session.
The format of the racing will be as follows *
Day one (27 October) – 10km Scratch race (UCI class event), 10km Points race, Elimination race
Day two (28 October) – Olympic Omnium(UCI class event) – 7.5km Scratch race, 7.5km Tempo race, Elimination race, 20km Points race
Day three (29 October) – 10km Scratch race (UCI class event), 20km Madison race (UCI class event)
(*full schedule to be confirmed, subject to change – please see here for details)
The field in full:
Katie ARCHIBALD (GBR)
Elinor BARKER (GBR)
Eleanor DICKINSON (GBR)
Megan BARKER (GBR)
Neah EVANS (GBR)
Emily NELSON (GBR)
Allison BEVERIDGE (CAN)
Jasmin DUEHRING (CAN)
Lydia BOYLAN (IRL)
Lydia GURLEY (IRL)
Ana USABIAGA (SPA)
Irene USABIAGA (SPA)
Laurie BERTHON (FRA)
Marion BORRAS (FRA)
Kirsten WILD (NED)
Nina KESSLER (NED)
Amalie WINTHER OLSEN (DEN)
Julie LETH (DEN)
Maria Giulia CONFALONIERI (ITA)
Rachele BARBIERI (ITA)
Saartje VANDENBROUCKE (BEL)
Gilke CROKET (BEL)
Lisa KULLMER (GER)
Romy KASPER (GER)
Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday session of Six Day London are currently sold out with tickets still available for the Friday session at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/sixdaylondon