13 more World Bicycle Relief Buffalo Bikes funded thanks to generous Six Day London guests

23rd November 2019

Phynova Six Day London 2019 showcased some of the world’s finest track cycling talent, but it wasn’t just the riders that made an impact.

With great fundraising efforts from title sponsor Phynova and the Six Day London crowd’s gernerosity, an impressive amount was raised for charity partner World Bicycle Relief (WBR) UK.

As a result, 13 WBR Buffalo Bicycles will soon be delivered to communities in need across the globe, empowering individuals in those communities to thrive.

WBR, now charity partner of Six Day London for three years, are a non-profit organisation breaking down barriers to health, education and economic opportunity for people in need around the world.

With the help of Phynova, cycling enthusiasts had the opportunity to enter the raffle at Six Day to win a ‘plant-powered’ bamboo bike, worth more than £2,000.

The public could enter the Grand Draw raffle by simply making a donation to WBR. All entrants also received a pack of Phynova Joint and Muscle Relief Tablets.

The raffle was drawn at the Phynova pod during the last evening of the event and lucky race-goer Grant Louten was announced by Six Day as the winner of the bamboo bike.

Allison Dufosee, Chief Executive at World Bicycle Relief UK, said: “We are incredibly grateful not only this being the third year of Six Day being a charity partner but also the collaboration with their title sponsor Phynova, who was a terrific partner at the London event.

“We are so appreciative to Phynova for their enthusiasm and help throughout this year’s event, enabling us to provide at least another 13 Buffalo Bicycles to those who have only ever walked.”

Alice Lyon, Marketing Manager at Phynova, said: “Phynova were delighted to have partnered with WBR at Six Day London and to have helped raise enough money during the event to supply 13 bikes for their life-changing cause.”

Several riders confirmed as excitement builds ahead of Six Day Berlin

16th November 2019

Last month’s Phynova Six Day London saw a star-studded line-up descend on the UK and Six Day Berlin will be no different as a whole host of riders take to the German boards.

Last month’s Phynova Six Day London saw a star-studded line-up descend on the UK and Six Day Berlin will be no different as a whole host of riders take to the German boards.

As it stands, Theo Reinhardt and Max Beyer will spearhead the home contingent in the Elite Men category, joined by Six Day veterans Marc Hester and Wim Stroetinga who have also confirmed their attendance at the January bonanza.

In the Elite Women it is Italy’s Rachele Barbieri who represents one of the most decorated stars on display, hoping to build on her fourth-place finish with Simona Frapporti at Phynova Six Day London and forge a way onto the podium.

But it is German sprinter Max Levy who will play the role of chief crowd-pleaser in the German capital, boasting a remarkable Six Day record that includes seven series victories, 54 individual race wins and 123 podiums.

And last month he went even further in extending his hegemony, breaking the London record which he set in the 200m Flying Time Trial not once but twice on nights three and four of the competition.

So, for the hordes that will invariably flock to Das Velodrome, they will be expecting more history-making antics from the convivial, fun-loving home favourite.

British duo Matt Bostock and Andy Tennant will also be two familiar faces who will take to the track in the Elite Men’s field, with Andreas Muller and Andreas Graf also confirming their attendance to bolster a competitive-looking line-up.

Although many of the sport’s most recognisable women are yet to be announced, Danish duo Julie Leth and Trine Schmidt will be joining the dangerous Barbieri in January’s event.

With just over two months to go until the party kicks off, the offering already confirmed provides only a snapshot of the full line-up who will grace the futuristic velodrome in the new year.

And with many more riders due to be announced over the coming weeks, it looks set to be yet another Six Day event to savour in the German capital.

Six Day London returns to the Lee Valley VeloPark in 2020 between 20-25 October. Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/sixdaylondon

As it stands, Theo Reinhardt and Max Beyer will spearhead the home contingent in the Elite Men category, joined by Six Day veterans Marc Hester and Wim Stroetinga who have also confirmed their attendance at the January bonanza.

In the Elite Women it is Italy’s Rachele Barbieri who represents one of the most decorated stars on display, hoping to build on her fourth-place finish with Simona Frapporti at Phynova Six Day London and forge a way onto the podium.

But it is German sprinter Max Levy who will play the role of chief crowd-pleaser in the German capital, boasting a remarkable Six Day record that includes seven series victories, 54 individual race wins and 123 podiums.

Mullen brothers channel family spirit in rises to Phynova Six Day London and Rugby World Cup

11th November 2019

Cycling runs in Eoin Mullen’s family but that isn’t the only sport his nearest and dearest adore.

The sprinter, born and raised in Kilronan on the island of Ireland, was first introduced to competitive cycling as a mere ten-year-old, taking part in a community competition that first ignited his passion for speed.

But his attention soon turned to rugby owing to his well-built physique, following in the footsteps of his older brother Paul who represented Munster Academy as a prop.

And while Eoin hit the cycling headlines recently for his sparkling performance in the Sprint Finals on the opening night of Phynova Six Day London, it’s Paul who has risen to even greater sporting heights as he represented the USA in the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

It’s a remarkable tale of two siblings whose close relationship is tangible, spurring each other on at every opportunity to propel them forwards and push their next boundary.

And Eoin, who eventually finished sixth in the sprinters’ general classification at Phynova Six Day London, nostalgically reflected on their journeys and intimate bond.

“My brother Paul grew up playing rugby like me – he was on the Munster Academy before he went to university in Texas, while I had trials at Leinster so I guess I was pretty good too,” the 26-year-old speedster remembered.

“My grandfather was from America so my brother then declared for the United States when he moved there, and in the last year he made his first cap for the country.

“Most recently he got picked for the World Cup squad in Japan – he loved it all, apart from the result for the USA as they unfortunately got kicked out pretty early!

“But it was all positive for him and he loved the experience – I was actually in the States at the time of his game against Tonga and I watched it at like three or four o’clock in the morning.

“We both always support each other – we’re always throwing ideas at each other and always suggesting stuff about the gym and telling each other what we’re doing, so it’s pretty good.

“Paul watched me on the first night of Six Day on a live stream, and hopefully he comes and watches me at the velodrome one day too!”

Eoin’s brother Paul was recently selected in the USA’s Rugby World Cup squad for Japan

While Paul’s rise is one full of its own nuances and idiosyncrasies, Eoin’s own personal cycling story represents a similarly evocative one.

The Kilronan-born crowd-pleaser became immersed in the sport as a toddler, with his father owning a bike rental shop in Ireland that initially introduced him to the peddling pastime.

And while rugby temporarily intervened, an injury sustained by Mullen soon led to an inadvertent return to competitive cycling.

“I guess cycling is in my DNA with my dad owning the shop – I kind of lived and breathed it,” he added.

“I always grew up around bikes – I’ve been around them since I was a little kid before I could even walk.

“I started cycling at a community event in Ireland on a grass track when I was about ten, but then I decided to start playing rugby.

“But I got injured playing rugby when I was about 16 or 17, and cycling was actually my rehab so I got back into it that way, but I was always too big to be an endurance rider.

“When I’m done training and get a week or two off I head home and I’m straight on the bikes again so I can’t get away from them, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Mullen, who accepts the Olympic Games in Tokyo may come slightly too soon for him, is currently studying for an online degree in strength and conditioning in preparation for a coaching career when his time on the boards comes to an end.

But the convivial Irishmen lives in the here and now, relishing the opportunity to take part in a Six Day event and targeting selection for even more in the future.

“It’s incredible to be here in London – my voice went from the first night and I just love being here and chatting to people and the atmosphere is great,” he said.

“Being here has definitely whetted my appetite for more – I watched it on TV last year and it was amazing, so to be here is incredible.

“Unfortunately the Olympics in Tokyo is out of reach for me, but hopefully I can get picked for another couple of Six Day events going forward.”

Six Day London returns to the Lee Valley VeloPark in 2020 between 20-25 October. Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/sixdaylondon