Patrick Sercu – a tribute to a legend of Six Day

25th April 2019

The cycling world lost a giant of the sport last Friday. A legend on the track and the road, Belgian Patrick Sercu was one of the most decorated riders of all time. A ferocious competitor, Sercu holds the record for most six-day track race victories winning 88 out of 223 starts between ’61 and ’83, many with his partner with Eddy Mercx. A father, a gentleman a true sprinter and a friend – we honour his memory and some of the greatest moments from Patrick Sercu’s storied career.

Patrick Sercu won a Gold Medal for Belgium in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Facing poor track conditions, he finished the 1000m time trial in 1:09.59 almost two seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Along with his Olympic gold, he holds five sprint titles at the World Championships: 1963 Liege (gold), 1967 Amsterdam (gold), 1969 Antwerpen (gold), 1965 (silver), 1968 Rome (silver).

Known as one of the greatest sprinters of all time, Patrick Sercu was a force to be reckoned with on both the track and the road. Over the course of his cycling career he won six stages of the Tour de France and eleven stages of the Giro d’Italia. Sercu was awarded the green jersey in the 1974 Tour De France.

Patrick Sercu won eighty eight of the two hundred and twenty three six-day competitions he entered into. Widely considered the greatest six-day track cyclist of all time, he rode fifteen races with his longtime friend and madison partner, Eddy Mercx. “Patrick had the speed and I had the endurance” Mercx said this week. “We were a good pair. But he was definitely a better rider than me on the track.”

Patrick Sercu’s palmarès highlight his legendary career. He was a versatile and explosive rider. An intense competitor on the road and a dominant force on the track, he will be greatly missed by the cycling world and those whose lives he touched. Merci pour tout.

Movers and shakers on day two at Six day Brisbane

13th April 2019

Two days down, but we’re no clearer who might have their
name on the crown at the culmination of Six Day Brisbane.

An electric day in the elite men’s competition as Sam
Welsford and Cameron Scott put together a pair of wins to pile the pressure
onto narrow leaders Kell O’Brien and Leigh Howard.

It’s advantage Katie Archibald in the women’s
classification, after another professional pair of displays on the saddle ensured
her place at the summit ahead of Day 3, while Ethan Mitchell and Patrick
Constable continue to play out a battle for the ages in their bids for the
sprinters’ title.

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Howard and O’Brien’s lead at the top of the elite men’s standings
was cut to just three points after a stellar evening from their compatriots
Welsford and Scott.

Despite a third-place finish in the opening 20 minute
Madison Chase for the leaders, the challengers were the last men standing in
the Team Elimination, before one final push from Welsford set up victory in the
gruelling 45 minute Madison Chase to close out the night.

“That was full gas out there,” said Welsford after their second
triumph.

“It took us about ten laps to get that last one with about
six to go. Cam had to come round and throw me in for the sprint. I had a little
bit of speed left and got to the line in second to get the win.

“We raced hard today, so we might have to take it easy at the
start of the night, but then we have the last day to empty the tank completely.”

And Scott added: “Forty-five minutes is a very long time, especially
at that pace. It’s the second win of the night for Sam and I, so I couldn’t be
happier with that.”

Archibald asserted her advantage over the field in the women’s
competition as she opened up a 22-point lead over nearest challenger Amy Cure
in the general classification.

A standout 20km Madison victory for Cure and partner Alex Manly
took a dent out of the Scot’s advantage, but a disappointing finish for the Australian
duo in the Team Elimination was compounded when Archibald and Trine Schmidt
powered to a first-place finish.

It was a day of toing and froing in the sprinters’
standings, with Etan Mitchell ending the day on top of the pile after trading places
with Pat Constable throughout the night.

Entering day two with the general classification advantage,
the New Zealander ceded his lead to the home favourite after Constable edged
him out in the sprint final.

And he looked to capitalise in the kierin when he hit the
front of the pack early, but to be reeled in by Zac Williams, as Mitchell profited
from the fading Constable to re-take the overnight lead, with just two points
separating the duo.