Six of the Best: 2018/19 Quotes
03 June 2019
The Six Day Series 2018/19 threw up its fair share of eccentric
characters and pulsating moments across seven fantastic venues across the
Naturally, amidst the now legendary Six Day flavour of bikes,
beats and beers, riders produced a bucketload of colourful quotes as they
celebrated success, licked their wounds and took in the unique atmosphere of
From amongst the pack, six stood out for their emotion, energy,
humour – and sometimes all three/
Which is your favourite?
Katie Archibald – Phynova Six Day Manchester
“We train on this track every day – it’s kind of
a strange juxtaposition of familiarity with this extreme sense of grandeur that
goes with it, it makes it a very special weekend”
Having just stormed her way to being crowned champion in the
women’s classification, while holding off a late Laura Kenny charge, you may
have expected Archibald to be in celebratory mood.
While understandably elated, Archibald channelled her inner
philosopher as she spoke of her feelings competing on a track she knows so
Eat your heart out, Aristotle.
Kenny de Ketele – Six Day Copenhagen
“I could never expect this…I’ve been many hours
on the rollers thinking what am I doing, why am I trying? When I experience
this moment, it’s all worth it. It all worked out perfect.”
Anyone who knows Kenny will know how bubbly the Belgian is but he
appeared a more reflective figure in Copenhagen, perhaps staggered at the feat
he and partner Moreno de Paul had just pulled off.
Against all the odds, the duo claimed overall victory having
trailed Michael Morkov and Oliver Wulff Frederiksen by 91 points heading into
the Final Madison Chase.
Preparations for the event were chaotic, de Ketele had been
nursing collar bone problems while De Pauw’s wife gave birth a mere fortnight
De Ketele, as the quote evidences, had been left disheartened but
he never gave up and, as the man himself said, it all worked out perfect for
them in the end.
Andreas Muller – Six Day Berlin
“I feel like I’m 20 years old, with such a
strong partner I just have to celebrate – he’s doing all the work.”
Austrian cyclist Muller is 39 years of age but the Six Day
experience made him feel like he was rolling back the years in Berlin!
In the final race on day five in the German capital, the Madison
Chase, Muller and his compatriot Andreas Graf saw proceedings to a close with a
lung-busting victory to send the crowd home happy.
Full of praise for Graf, Muller was in the mood to celebrate and
channel his new-found youthful spirit.
Trine Schmidt – Six Day Berlin
“I have big dreams and I’m on fire.”
We love a confident rider and Schmidt has it in spades.
After winning the women’s competition on day three at her first
Six Day event for five years the Dane was noticeably beaming.
Schmidt swept to victory in the 10km scratch race to seal her
crown before emotions took over when discussing the hugely significant
Max Levy – Phynova Six Day London
“I’m a little bit like old wine. My engine is
just starting to run!”
Max Levy is a Six Day veteran who can’t get enough of the
spectacle it puts on and he was back at it again in London.
On Day 4 Levy smashed his own record in the 200m flying time trial
with an astonishing 10.004s on route to winning the overall classification.
At the ripe age of 31 Levy firmly stated that he is just getting
better and better and, on this form, who would disagree with him?
Alex Spratt – Phynova Six Day London
“It’s like a wave, it feels like you’re being
pushed from the back and everyone is screaming and it just gives you that
little bit extra.”
The crowds at Six Day are really something else, just ask Mr
The Brit was amongst a trio of home winners on day one as he
produced a brilliant victory in the keirin and he was quick to emphasise the
significance of the event’s unique atmosphere.
Loud, passionate and engaged, Six Day crowds really are the bees knees.