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Six of the Best: 2018/19 Quotes

03 June 2019

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The Six Day Series 2018/19 threw up its fair share of eccentric characters and pulsating moments across seven fantastic venues across the globe.

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 the series.

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 well.

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 before.

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 milestone.

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 Spratt.

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.

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