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Kennys set to thrill Manchester with Six Day passion play

14 March 2019

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Jason Kenny may have called off a birthday trip to the theatre to compete at Six Day but wife Laura hopes the couple can woo the Manchester crowd with a passion play next weekend.

Farnworth-born Kenny, Britain’s joint-most successful Olympian, will bid to thrill on home track when he joins his wife in competing at the National Cycling Centre from 22-24 March.

With the Six Day Series promising a heady mix of bikes, beats and beers, Britain’s golden couple – with ten Olympic gold medals between them – have chosen a unique way to toast Jason’s 31st.

“It’s funny because everyone kept questioning me last week, asking me whether I could get Jason to do it,” said Laura, Britain’s most decorated female Olympian.

“He was supposed to be going to the theatre on Saturday. Then the next minute he said ‘if you’re doing it then I might as well do it.’

“Hopefully we can all get together and do something as a family on the Monday – if we’re not too tired.

“Having Jason alongside me is massively important. I think I race better when he’s there – he might think the opposite with me there, I don’t know!

“I just feel a lot more relaxed when he’s there because any worries I have I can just go and speak to him.”

The pair do seem to bring out the best in each other– their track centre embrace on combining for a haul of five gold medals became a defining moment of Rio 2016.

Laura, 26, endured a uncommonly difficult World Championships a fortnight ago after pulling out of the omnium event at the halfway stage complaining of fever symptoms.

But with a return to familiarity in the home of British Cycling, and husband Jason by her side, the raucous Six Day crowds should see Kenny at her inimitable best.

“I always say that I can’t imagine going to an Olympics without Jase,” admitted Kenny.

“It’s kind of the same at every competition so now Jason’s also taking part in the Six Day it’s better for me. I just love the fact that we’ve got this kind of family atmosphere at every event.

“Albie (son) travels the world with us so it’s just going to be another event where it feels how it should be I guess.

“Manchester is what feels like home and for it to be in this city is really exciting. The Six Day atmosphere is a party atmosphere so I feel like it’s going to be a good place to be.”

Visit sixday.com/manchester to view the riders and schedule for Phynova Six Day Manchester. 

Tickets are on sale now from £25, and students can take advantage of a £10 ticket offer on Friday 22 March. Buy tickets at https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/sixdaymanchester

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