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Six of the Best: 2018/19 Moments

29 May 2019

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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, track cycling’s biggest party had it all.

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 hero Vogel

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 Day bow

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 enduring quality.

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.

Riders join in Mexican Wave fun in Copenhagen

Who doesn’t love a good Mexican Wave?

This ensemble effort during the Giant Sprint had the crowd on their feet with smiles aplenty.

The very essence of what it means to attend a Six Day spectacle!

Apprentice Carlin beats Master Kenny

The sprinters field for the inaugural Phynova Six Day Manchester was nothing short of stacked.

Jason Kenny made his series debut on his home track, with German duo Max Levy and Robert Forstemann both in town to spoil the party.

But the talented Carlin, twice silver medallist at the 2018 Track World Championships, outwitted six-time Olympic champion Kenny in Friday and Sunday’s sprint finals.

And time trial victories on the first and final nights formed the backbone of the Scot scooping the sprinters’ title at the National Cycling Centre.

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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