The Six Day Series is no stranger to magic moments – and with
the usual mix of bikes, beats and beers ramped up a further notch, the 2018-19
season conjured bigger and better memories than ever before.
Breaking new ground in Hong Kong and Manchester, as well as
thrilling in the season opener in London, track cycling’s biggest party had it
From moments to made you laugh to those that made you cry or
even whoop with delight, here’s a rundown of six of the best from the 2018-19
Six Day campaign.
Berlin rises for home
With two Olympic titles under her belt as well as 11 World
Championship golds, Kristina Vogel’s legacy as one of track cycling’s greatest
ever riders was already secured long before a training ground crash left her paralysed
– cutting short her career.
Back at her home track a year later in Berlin as guest of honour
for the Six Day Series leg, what followed next showed the powerful intrinsic
connection between the decorated star and the cycling public.
Afforded a huge standing ovation on her lap of the boards on
day one, Vogel’s rapturous reception left not a dry eye in the house.
This was the Six Day community together as one to pay tribute to one of the sport’s biggest stars – and a reminder of what can happen when people come together for a shared cause.
Lee Wai Sze sizzles
in Hong Kong
The star attraction for the inaugural PruRide Six Day Hong Kong, Lee Wai Sze sparkled one home soil to leave fans spellbound.
After ending Saturday on four race wins – the second-most
ever at the end of Day Two – she wasted no time in imposing herself, winning
the 200m time-trial in imperious fashion.
Despite being edged out by Nicky Degrendele, whose world
title she inherited in Poland last month, Lee surged back to pip ally Miriam
Welte to sprint final and then overall glory.
A popular winner, if ever there was one.
Laura Kenny makes Six
The Six Day Series also welcomed British cycling royalty for the first time as Laura Kenny competed at Phynova Six Day Manchester.
Eclipsed by fellow Brit Katie Archibald on day one, four-time
Olympic champion Kenny roared back on day two to remind everyone of her
The highlight, a rousing team elimination victory alongside Emily Nelson, sent the home crowd wild – with the feat made even more impressive due to the fact the Olympian had never competed in the team elimination before.
It may be getting late but @EmilyNelson21 still had PLENTY in the tank ⛽️⛽️⛽️
Aussie duo O’Brien
and Howard scorch to Six Day title in Brisbane finale
Lightning struck twice for Kelland O’Brien and Leigh Howard
as they produced a stunning final chase victory to steal the men’s
classification on the final evening of Six Day Brisbane.
The Australian pair, who had performed a similar feat at
Melbourne earlier this season, delighted the home crowd at the Anna Meares in
pipping Dutch duo Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga to the post thanks to a
stellar performance from youngster O’Brien on the concluding lap.
Noise. Drama. Emotion. The Six Day season finale had the lot.
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The Six Day Series is no stranger to magic moments – and with the usual mix of bikes, beats and beers ramped up a further notch, the 2018-19 season conjured bigger and better memories than ever before. Breaking new ground in Hong Kong and Manchester, as well as thrilling in the season opener in London,…
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