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Phynova Manchester set for sister act as Barkers join stellar cast

08 March 2019

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Phynova Six Day Manchester is set for a cycling sister act to savour with Elinor and Megan Barker confirmed for the inaugural event. 

The home of British cycling will welcome a slew of incredible female riders under the Six Day lights, with the inspiring Barker siblings aptly announced on the occasion of International Women’s Day. 

Elinor, fresh from being crowned track world champion for the fourth time last month, and bright young star Megan will join Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald on the boards from March 22-24. 

Overall Six Day champion in 2017, Elinor can’t wait to race in her adopted city and through her showmanship rear the next generation of track fans. 

“I’ve raced a lot in Manchester over the years – it’s special,” said the 24-year-old.

“We’ve been spoiled in the last few years with home events. 

“I love it when there are events in Manchester because friends and family from outside of cycling can come and watch and experience it.

“They’re not always cycling fans to start but then they come and watch and enjoy it and then they’re tuning in every weekend.

“Having these events are what we all love about cycling. It’s still competitive but it’s fun and social. That’s really important.”

There’s a push and pull dynamic when it comes to the Barker sisters, set to partner for just the second time after linking up for a stage of the UCI Track World Cup in Belarus. 

Megan, 21, was in the driving seat when she convinced her sibling to join her on the bike in South Wales when they were growing up. 

Now it’s Elinor’s achievements on the global and Six Day stage that inspire Megan to take on new challenges, starting on 22 March.

The Welsh youngster admits she feels no shortage of trepidation entering a field that includes world champion Kirsten Wild and Jarmila Machačová, but is relishing the prospect. 

“I’m excited and scared!” said Barker.

“At my first Six Day in London most of the top riders were there. The racing was so hard. But it’s the best experience you can get. 

“You look down the start lists and it gives you butterflies. But you just do it. 

“There’s no point in racing if you’re not challenging yourself and it’s a great opportunity to see where you’re at.

“I’ll take all the credit for everything she’s done – I was the main reason we took up cycling! 

“I was really, really young when I started and very shy, I just didn’t want to go on my own basically, and she came with me.

“She’s then created a pathway for me to follow, seeing her do it makes me believe I can do it.”

Tickets for Phynova Six Day Manchester are on sale now from just £25. Visit https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/sixdaymanchester for more information.

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