Six Day Virtual Series Round 3 Day 3

28th February 2021

The competition remained wide open on the last day of racing as the significance of the final race in each category came into play. All points accumulated during the Final would be added directly to a rider’s overall classification points, meaning there was still plenty of room for surprises in the final standings!

Watch the video below to follow all the drama as it played out on Day 3 of the Six Day Virtual Series.

Sprint (Heat 15)

To wrap up the final match sprint of the Series, it was Jiří Janošek against Alex Spratt. Coming into the final lap, Janošek wore a frown of concentration as pumped he his legs furiously to open a gap up to Spratt. However, Spratt fought hard to claw back the metres and caught Janošek down the back straight, passing him as he came out of turn 4.  Janošek nearly recovered but Spratt showed his strength to hold on all the way to the line.

Spratt chatted to Rebecca Charlton after his win, ‘that was a good race with Jiří…close fought right to the end and just managed to pip him right on the line!’

Keirin Final

With double points available in the final race of the Sprinters’ competition, the riders were ready to give their all to boost their classification positions. As the Derny came off the track with three laps to go, there was a noticeable tension from the riders as they waited for the first attack. As had been a common feature in the racing, it was 20-year old Anton Höhne that chose to make his move just before the bell lap.

Despite the field being slow to react, Höhne was eventually caught at the end of the back straight and swallowed up by the bunch. In the closing meters, it was a two-man sprint for the line between Brit Alex Spratt and leader Tomáš Bábek. Determined not to lose out on the final race of the day, Bábek powered over the line infront of Spratt, taking all 20 points on offer plus the overall Series title.

Men’s Points Final

Taking their general classification points into the final race as they would in a real life Six Day Series event meant it was all to play for in the Men’s category. The first three sprint laps were all taken by different riders as they battled for dominance in the race with Sebastian Schmiedel, Stephen Bradbury and Marc Hester all getting five points.

Hester took another sprint win at the half way stage of the 40-lap race, reducing Schmiedel’s lead to just seven points. However, consistent with his form in the competition, Schmiedel showed excellent grit to rally and cross the line first in the next two sprints taking his tally to 62 points. 

With just two sprints remaining, Hester would need to rank second or better in the penultimate sprint and win the final sprint to usurp the German at the top of the leader board. Showing signs of tiredness after his earlier exertions, Schmiedel could only muster fourth place and one point in the next sprint but crucially it was the Dane that missed out on second place to Richard Banusch, handing Schmiedel the title.

Coming round to the final sprint of the competition, Schmiedel finished with a flourish by sealing the win and taking double points to finish on a remarkable 73 points. 

Women’s Points Final

The Women’s category was the most tightly contested category of the competition. With only four points between them, Megan Barker on 40 points was looking to stave off any attacks from Amalie Winther Olsen to claim the win and the overall title. 

Not ready to lose sight of the trophy, the Dane shot out of the blocks taking the first three sprints and creating her own four point lead over Barker. However, the Welsh rider responded brilliantly by taking a sprint win of her own with Winther Olsen grabbing three points behind her in second. 

Coming into the business end of the race, it was Jenny Holl that took control. The Scottish rider, having only managed three points so far, surged out into the lead forcing the field to work hard to chase her down. But Holl was not to be caught, riding out strongly and maintaining her advantage to secure three sprints in a row, putting herself into 3rd place.

As the riders entered the final sprint, Barker and Winther Olsen sat tied on 60 points. Whichever rider finished in front of the other would secure the Six Day Virtual Series crown. Fighting fiercely, it looked like Winther Olsen had the legs to go the distance down the back straight but started to fade coming out of turn 4. Zoe Backstedt seized the moment to attack for the line taking Barker with her and finishing in a Welsh one-two. With the 6 points added to her tally, Barker took the Women’s General Classification win in style totalling 66 points. Amalie Winther Olsen finished in 2nd, and Zoe Backstedt in 3rd.

The final standings of the Six Day Virtual Series!

Six Day Virtual Series Round 3 Day 2

27th February 2021

For the first time in the Series, there was a new leader at the top of the Women’s classification at the end of yesterday’s racing. Megan Barker jumped above Amalie Winther Olsen in the rankings with a string of gritty performances including taking back-to-back wins in the last two races. 

However, it was business as usual in the other two categories with Tomáš Bábek showing no signs of relinquishing his grip on first place, having extended his lead to 16 points in the Sprinters’ category. Likewise in the Men’s competition, Sebastian Schmiedel sat 12 points above his nearest rival Stephen Bradbury heading into the penultimate day.

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Sprint (Heat 13)
Alex Spratt was looking to get another sprint win under his belt against Denis Dmitriev having managed only one in the competition so far. It was a tight battle all the way to the line with the lead changing hands multiple times on the final lap as the riders pushed each other hard. Despite Spratt’s courageous efforts, it was the powerful Russian sprinter who took the win coming over the top with only a few metres to go. Both riders ended the race in smiles, and perhaps Spratt ruing his missed opportunity.

Keirin (Race 8)
A surprise winner in the eighth Keirin event of the competition as Jonathan Mitchell took his maiden win with an excellently timed attack. Mitchell stormed down the middle pipping both Denis Dmitriev and Tomáš Bábek into 2nd and 3rd respectively and perhaps taking advantage of a few tired legs from his rivals. An impressive win for the Scotsman who was commented, ‘it’s great to get a win…I’ve been flagging away at the back in all the other races, so good to finally get a win. It’s all good!’

Sprint (Heat 14)
It was first versus second in the penultimate heat of the match sprints as Tomáš Bábek was drawn against Anton Höhne. The German had a perfect sprint record coming into the race and was hoping he could make it five from five. Hoping to take his rival by surprise Höhne jumped early just before the bell lap but the Czech rider was quick to react and responded with his own burst of pace. Bábek surged past Höhne heading into the home straight and managed to keep the young German at bay all the way to the line. 

Men’s Elimination Race
The first rider to be eliminated was a surprising result as British rider Stephen Bradbury crossed the line in last place. Experienced Dane, Marc Hester, was next to fall leaving it too late to form an attack and lost out to Max Beyer. It was left to the three Germans to battle it out but it was Richard Banusch that had nothing left in the tank and had to settle for 3rdplace. With Hester and Bradbury out of the race, it was a good opportunity for Sebastian Schmiedel to extend his lead at the top of the table. The classification leader did just that, securing himself  2nd place, an impressive performance but just unable to keep up with his compatriot Max Beyer who clinched the win. 

The general classification across all three categories heading into the final day looks like this:

Six Day Virtual Series Round 3 Day 1

26th February 2021

The opening day of the final round of the Six Day Virtual Series certainly did not disappoint. Read the review below to catch up on all the racing or click the video below to watch it for yourself!

Sprint (Heat 11)
It was an all-Czech showdown in the first match sprint of Round 3 with leader Tomáš Bábek looking to grab a victory over younger compatriot Jiří Janošek.  Despite an excellent performance from Janošek, the European Champion was in no mood to give up his place at the top of the table. Flying into the home straight Janošek had built up a healthy lead and look set to take a big scalp with only metres left to go. However, Bábek successfully made a late dash for the line that saw come over the top of his rival and cross the whitewash in first place.

Still recovering from the sprint, Bábek joked, ‘Jiří made it pretty hard for me today but I’m happy to win!’

Keirin (Race 7)
As the Derny came off the track with 3 laps to go, all riders were wary of attacks, riding closely together in a bunch. Coming into the last lap it was Jiří Janošek that led the pack, injecting a huge burst of speed to create a small lead off the front. The Czech showed impressive endurance but could not hold it to the line as a fast-finishing Alex Spratt took advantage of the tiring Janošek to clinch his second Keirin win of the competition.

Sprint (Heat 12)
Jonathan Mitchell came into his fourth match sprint of the competition still looking for his maiden win. Up against rising star Anton Höhne, the Scot had a tough ride ahead of him and definitely no easy route to victory. Mitchell, looking to take control of the race attacked on the final lap and lead heading down the back straight. Ramping up the speed on turn 3, Höhne caught Mitchell mid-way through the finishing straight and sailed past to cross the line and maintain his unbeaten record in match sprints.

Women’s Scratch Race
The race burst to life with only 5 laps remaining as Danish rider Winther Olsen looked to test the strength of her rivals by cranking up the pace when all the riders were deep in the red. Riding well, Neah Evans closed the gap with a huge effort that subsequently brought the field back together. With everyone now racing as a bunch once more, it was all going to come down to a sprint finish. Buoyed by her previous win, Barker charged for the finish line, getting there just ahead of a grimacing Zoe Backstedt and Gaby Homer. A great result for the young Irish rider who secured her first podium finish. 

Commenting on virtual racing, Barker reflected, ‘it’s quite a skill trying to do the virtual racing, it’s quite different to kind of [sic] a real velodrome so I think I’ve picked a few tricks from my time and improved on it. It’s nice to finally get a win!’

Here are the standings at the end of Day 1!

Six Day Virtual Series Round 3 Preview

24th February 2021

It’s the final round of the Six Day Virtual Series and there is still so much racing to left to watch! The competition remains wide open and the significance of the final race in each category should not be underestimated. All points accumulated during the Final will be added directly to a rider’s overall classification points, meaning there’s still plenty of room for surprises in the final standings!

If you would like to re-watch any of our episodes from each day of Round 2, you can catch up by clicking the link here – Six Day Virtual Series Round 2.

In the Men’s classification, Sebastian Schmiedel holds a six and eight point advantage over Stephen Bradbury and Marc Hester respectively. A win for either of the two chasing riders would put them right back in contention for the overall classification victory.

For the first time this Series, Amalie Winther Olsen showed signs of tiredness towards the end of Round 2, finishing in 4thplace in the Elimination Race. The other riders in the field will be hoping to capitalise on this and push themselves into contention with some strong performances on the final weekend.

Tomáš Bábek has repeatedly shown his strength and racing nous to clinch some last-minute victories in both the match sprints and keirins through the competition. The Czech rider will not be able to rest on his laurels as young German, Anton Höhne is just six points away in 2nd place.  



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Six Day Virtual Series Round 2 Day 3

21st February 2021

Heading into the last day of Round 2, all riders were keen to score well and set themselves up before the final round of racing next weekend.

Amalie Winther Olsen, Tomáš Bábek and Sebastian Schmiedel were all hoping to increase their leads at the top of their respective categories to finish on a high. Read the report below to check out how they performed or watch the full programme by clicking the video.

Sprint (Heat 10)
Scottish rider Jonathan Mitchell went to battle against Denis Dmitriev in Heat 10 of the match sprints. Mitchell faced a tall task against such an established rider as Dmitriev but started confidently choosing to lead out the Russian. Dmitriev bided his time, content to follow Mitchell for the initial few laps, however drew level with Mitchell with only one lap remaining. Entering the home straight Dmitriev kicked into an extra gear, propelling himself past Mitchell, timing it perfectly to cross the line in 1st place.

Sprint (Heat 10) result

Keirin (Race 6)
The sixth Keirin was the most closely contested race so far with a Czech one-two finish, followed closely by Anton Höhne who rounded out the podium places. 

The race was delicately poised with the ringing of the bell with all six riders still in contention. Attempting to catch the field unaware, Anton Höhne struck out bravely on the back straight and looked in good stead to take the win with 15m left to the line. Not one to give up the ghost, Bábek showed his strength to drag himself back into contention and passed Höhne shortly before the finish, taking compatriot Janošek with him. 

Keirin (Race 6) result

Women’s Elimination Race 
The first to be eliminated was rider Jenny Holl who appeared to have little left in the legs after a relentless few days of racing. Gaby Homer was next to fall finishing in 5th, however it was Winter Olsen’s exit in 4th place, her lowest finish so far, that was the surprise of the race. 

With the Dane gone, Barker, Backstedt and Evans were left to fight for the podium spots. Showing impressive strength the two Welsh riders made sure to cross the line in front of Evans eliminating her from the race. Battling hard all the way to the line, it took a photo finish from the judges to decide the winner, which was eventually awarded to Megan Barker. 

Talking about her win, Barker said, ‘in the race you’re kind of not sure whether you’ve pipped it or not…I wasn’t sure at the end of that one but luckily I got the win and puts me in a good place ahead of the racing next week.’

Women’s Elimination Race results

Men’s Points Race
Both Marc Hester and Stephen Bradbury made strong starts to the opening Points Race of the Men’s competition taking the first four sprint laps between them. Sebastian Schmiedel needed to finish above both riders to maintain his advantage in the General Classification. At the halfway stage, the German sat seven points behind 1st placed Bradbury but dug in deep to take two sprint wins from the next three, catapulting him into a one lead point lead going into the final sprint.

With double points of offer, Max Beyer, who had had a quiet race surged forwards to take all ten points, leaving Bradbury and Schmiedel to fight for the remaining points on offer. With both riders tiring fast, it was the ultimate test of endurance to the line as Schmiedel triumphed over Bradbury, securing six points and the overall win. Richard Banusch finished in 3rd with Hester unable to take any points from the last sprint, missing out on the podium by 1 point. 

Men’s Points Race result

At the end of Round 2, Sebastian Schmiedel, Amalie Winther Olsen and Tomáš Bábek maintained their leads at the top of the General Classifications.

Six Day Virtual Series Round 2 Day 2

20th February 2021

It was the turn of the Women to kick off their second round of competition with a Scratch Race on Day 2. For the first time this Series, there was also a new leader in the Sprinters’ General Classification with Anton Höhne starting Day 2 in 1st place. Click on the video below to watch the whole programme in full.

Sprint (Heat 8)
The new leader Höhne faced Czech rider Jiří Janošek in the first sprint of Day 2. Janošek was looking for his second win of the competition and some important points to propel himself up from 5th on the leader board. Höhne showed his confidence by leading right from the start. The 20-year old was practically unchallenged as he took a comfortable victory ahead of his rival with Janošek seemingly unable to ever get going and mount any sort of attack.

Sprint (Heat 8) result

Keirin (Race 5)
The fifth Keirin of the Series was won by a late surge from Tomáš Bábek, earning 10 points just in front of Anton Höhne. The European Champion showed great strength to fight all the way to the line and keep his hopes of securing the overall classification win alive.

Höhne piled the pressure on the rest of the field with an early break coming into the final lap however the bunch responded quickly, chasing the German down with 30m to go. Jonathan Mitchell took home 3rd place and 5 points just behind Höhne. Points that were desperately needed if he was to mount any sort of comeback from his 6th position on the leader board.

Keirin (Race 5) result

Sprint (Heat 9)
Tomáš Bábek was under no illusions as to the importance of this race heading into Heat 9. A victory here would return the sprinter to the top of the General Classification, one point ahead of Höhne. Determined to make life difficult for the Czech, Alex Spratt attacked hard on the final lap, opening up a 10m gap entering the back straight. Spratt went deep to try and hold off the advancing Bábek but to no avail as the 33-year old came storming past to win the sprint in a close finish. 

Appreciating the challenge mounted by Spratt having had to reach a top speed of 70.6kph to clinch victory, Bábek respectively mused, ‘it was a nice close race!’

Sprint (Heat 9) result

Women’s Scratch Race
The first Scratch Race of the Women’s competition was a hard-fought contest that was eventually won by Danish rider Amalie Winther Olsen. It was an impressive performance of endurance from the Dane pushing through the pain to take the win in front of a fast finishing Zoe Backstedt. Megan Barker took 3rd place, with Gaby Homer sandwiched in-between Scottish riders Jenny Holl in 4th and Neah Evans in 6th

Winther Olsen spoke to Rebecca Charlton after her win, ‘it was so hard! It was full gas from the beginning and I think it was the longest thirty laps I’ve ever done…I’m quite happy about that!’ With that victory, the Dane extended her lead at the top of the Women’s competition to ten points from Welsh rider Megan Barker. 

Women’s Scratch Race result

Heading into the last day of Round 2, here are the standings!

Six Day Virtual Series Round 2 Day 1

19th February 2021

Today marked the second weekend of racing and the start of Round 2 for the Six Day Virtual Series. Sitting atop their respective leader boards, Tomáš Bábek, Amalie Winther Olsen and Sebastian Schmiedel were all looking to maintain their advantage over their rivals and increase their chances of becoming the overall winner.

Check out the video below to watch the full programme.

Sprint (Heat 6)
The first match sprint of the day pitched good friends Jonathan Mitchell and Alex Spratt against each other. Both sprinters were clearly relishing the competition as they began and ended the race with huge smiles. However, it was Spratt that took the bragging rights, leaving it very late to come from behind and beat Mitchell to the line by a small margin. 

Sprint (Heat 6) result

Keirin (Race 4)
With 10 points on offer, a Keirin win would be a huge boost to any of the riders’ General Classification hopes on Day 1 of Round 2. Coming round to the bell lap it was Jiří Janošek, Denis Dmitriev and Anton Höhne that pushed out in front and created a gap to the rest of the field. Janošek looked in prime position with 150m to go but it was the experienced Russian that powered out of turn 4 to come over the top and seal the win. Janošek did just enough to hold off the advance of Höhne to take 2nd, with the German having to settle for 3rd.

Keirin (Race 4) result

Sprint (Heat 7)
A battle of experience versus youth in Heat 7; Denis took on the highly-touted Anton Höhne. For the opening laps, both riders watched each other intently knowing that the first to attack would likely take the win. With the confidence of youth, it was Höhne that broke the deadlock and put in a huge burst of pace to streak away from Dmitriev down the back straight. Dmitriev was unable to react and Höhne won comfortably in the end, taking a huge scalp over a much more experienced rider.

Sprint (Heat 7) result

Men’s Scratch Race
After a fairly uneventful start, the race burst into life with 4 laps remaining and a noticeable increase in pace. The lead changed hands multiple times as the riders jostled for position riding closely as a bunch. Crossing the line for the final lap, Stephen Bradbury shot off the front and led coming into the back straight. Bradbury managed to hold on for the win by the tightest of margins as Sebastian Schmiedel came charging through from 4th position to take 2nd place on the line ahead of Marc Hester. A crucial result for the German, earning him all-important points to maintain his lead at the top of the table.

Bradbury reflected after the race, ‘it’s definitely taken me a little bit of an adjustment [sic], it’s very different but it’s a nice concept. It’s nice to be able to race together and yeah, I think I’m doing okay!’

Men’s Scratch result

At the end of Round 2 Day 1, here’s how it stands:

Six Day Virtual Series Round 2 Preview

18th February 2021

Ahead of Round 2 kicking off this weekend, here’s a quick catch up on the standings so far.

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Amalie Winther Olsen has repeatedly shown her strength claiming wins in both Women’s events raced. Will the Dane be able to continue her success in the second round of competition?

Czech sprinter Tomáš Bábek has taken some impressive wins in the Series including clinching the Keirin on Day 3 of Round 1 to take him to the top of the table. However, his road to victory will be not be easy with Anton Höhne and Denis Dmitriev both looking to pull off an upset and oust Bábek from 1st place.

Sebastian Schmiedel has worked himself into a great position heading into Round 2 having placed on the podium in both races in the competition to date. The young German will be looking to continue his good form as the Series progresses.

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Six Day Virtual Series Round 1 Day 3

14th February 2021

The last day of Round 1 saw a switch up in the schedule with all three categories riding on the same day. All riders were looking for some good results to finish on top of the leader board after the first weekend of competition. Click on the video below to watch the full programme!

Day 3 Schedule
Sprint (Heat 5)
Keirin (Race 3)
Men’s Elimination Race
Women’s Points Race

Sprint (Heat 5)
Heat 5 of the sprints was probably the most high profile match up of the competition, pitting current 1km European Champion Tomáš Bábek against current Team Sprint European Champion Denis Dmitriev. The riders were all smiles before the race but quickly turned to frowns of concentration as the competitive mindset kicked in for both riders. 

With half a lap to go, Bábek got out of the saddle and forced Dmitriev to react. No stranger to pressure, Dmitriev ramped up the power, overtaking Bábek in the home straight and cruising to victory. The gap Dmitriev managed to open up in such a short distance over a strong rider like Bábek shows just why he is still at the top of the sprinting game.

Sprint (Heat 5) result

Keirin (Race 3)
Keen to make amends for his loss earlier in the day, Bábek stormed to victory in the last sprint race of Round 1. Not waiting for others to make a move, the 33-year old Czech sprinter surged off the front with the bell lap and didn’t look back. 

Bábek’s win also secured his place at the top of the leader board with 30 points. His nearest rival in the General Classification also proved to be his nearest rival on the track as Anton Höhne managed to take home 2nd place and Jonathan Mitchell earning himself an important 5 points to boost his own GC hopes. 

Keirin (Race 3) result

Men’s Elimination Race
After his heroic efforts in the Scratch Race on Day 2 came to nothing, Richard Banusch showed his resilience as he battled back impressively to clinch an Elimination victory. 

First to be eliminated was Berlin-native Max Beyer, followed swiftly by Briton Stephen Bradbury. Both riders seemed to be caught unawares by the attacks of the field on their respective eliminations and were left with too much to do in the home straight. Fighting for the podium places, Sebastian Schmiedel narrowly lost out to Banusch to finish in 3rd earning 6 points. Appearing to go deep into the reserves, Banusch then pulled away from Hester on the final elimination lap to take the win and his first victory of the virtual competition.

Men’s Elimination Race result

Women’s Points Race
Having shown glimpses of her form coming into the race, Amalie Winther Olsen completely dominated the first 5 sprint laps, taking full points and creating a 13 point cushion to her nearest rival. It was a lead that proved to be insurmountable as she took a convincing win in the first Points Race of the series. 

Megan Barker and Jenny Holl had their own battle for the remaining podium places before an excellent final sprint secured the Welsh rider 10 points on the last lap to take 2nd place. At the other end of the table, Irish youngster Gaby Homer was not so fortunate, losing a lap with 6 laps to go which relegated her to a 6th placed finish. 

Women’s Elimination Race result

At the end of Round 1, Tomas Bábek, Amalie Winther Olsen and Sebastian Schmiedel sit atop their respective leader boards. Tune in next weekend at the same time on our Facebook page to watch as the Six Day Virtual Series resumes with Round 2!

Six Day Virtual Series Round 1 Day 2

13th February 2021

Picking up where they left off, the sprinters returned to the virtual velodrome for more head-to-head battles while the Men got their competition underway with a Scratch Race on Day 2 of the Six Day Virtual Series. Click the video below to see the full programme and catch up on the results!

Day 2 Schedule
Sprint (Heat 3)
Keirin (Race 2)
Sprint (Heat 4)
Men’s Scratch Race

Sprint (Heat 3)
Having only competed in the Keirin on Day 1, both Anton Höhne and Alex Spratt were coming into their first match sprint with relatively fresh legs and hoping to add 6 points to their GC standings.

Höhne having started the livelier of the two riders, seized the opportunity to build up a lead by the end of the first lap. However, Spratt, who is relatively new to the world of sprinting having only stepped onto a velodrome for the first time back in 2017, seemed unphased by the 20-year old’s tactics and was content to pick up the tempo at his own pace. 

Coming into the finishing straight both riders were neck and neck but it was Höhne that kicked into another gear and powered away from Spratt. The German opened up an impressive lead hitting 66.1kph on his way to sealing a comfortable victory.

Sprint (Heat 3) result

Keirin (Race 2)
Alex Spratt took his first win of the Series with a well-timed attack in the second Keirin of the competition. Riding in last position with half a lap to go, Spratt turned on the after-burners to leave the rest of the field fighting for 2nd place.  It was an excellent show of strength and timing from the Englishman who firmly laid down his intentions for the rest of the Series.

Denis Dmitriev secured 2nd place, a vast improvement on his 6th place in yesterday’s keirin, followed closely by Tomáš Bábek who picked up the last place on the podium.

Commentator Scott McGrory mused, ‘it’s a bit of a surprise, it was Alex Spratt that put down the most power…Alex the former rugby player…is super fast!’

Keirin (Race 2) result

Sprint (Heat 4)
Competing in their second virtual match sprint, Jiří Janošek and Jonathan Mitchell left nothing out on the track in a see-saw sprint that saw the lead change multiple times. Both riders, who were searching for their first win of the Series, emptied their tanks with 250m to go. The young Czech rider attacked first gaining the upper hand on the back straight before being quickly reeled back in by Mitchell. Mitchell looked as though he had done enough with metres to go but Janosek showed extreme maturity to keep riding hard all the way to the line, pipping the Scotsman at the end.

Sprint (Heat 5) results

Men’s Scratch Race
Making their first appearance in the Six Day Virtual Series, the men opened their account with a well-contested Scratch Race. German rider Richard Banusch started fast building a solid half-a-lap lead on the rest of the field but was eventually caught at the start of the 8th lap. Banusch tried to attack twice more, once at the 3km mark and again with 4 laps to go, however, the field was quick to react and both attacks were nullified. 

Paying the price for his earlier exertions, Banusch could not keep up the pace and was swallowed by the pack as Hester and Schmiedel were left to fight it out for victory. Riding a strong last lap was Sebastian Schmiedel who managed to push his way past the experienced Marc Hester and take all 10 points in the first race.

Schmiedel spoke to Rebecca Charlton after his win, ‘I’m really happy, I must be honest, it was a little surprise [sic] because I was a little late for the attack but I’m feeling good. I have strong legs at the moment so I could chase the other guys back.’

Men’s Scratch Race result

Let’s take a look at the General Classification of the Men’s and Sprinters’ competitions:

Day 2 Sprinters’ GC

Six Day Virtual Series Round 1 Day 1

12th February 2021

Round 1 of the Six Day Virtual Series kicked off today on Friday 12th February in spectacular fashion with some ferocious racing from all our riders. 

To watch the full programme back and catch up on the results, click on the video below.

Day 1 Schedule: 

Keirin (Race 1)
Sprint (Heat 1)
Sprint (Heat 2)
Women’s Elimination Race

Keirin (Race 1)

The Sprinters took to the track in the first race of the day beginning the competition with a 7-lap Keirin. It was a cagey affair right from the off, with all riders looking to get the measure of their rivals and no one willing to commit to an attack.

Coming into the final lap of the race, it was the young German Anton Höhne who made the first move, powering into the lead with an impressive increase in watts around turn 2 of the track which appeared to take the field by surprise. It was a move that proved to be decisive as Höhne crossed the line comfortably in front of the competition, securing his first win of the series and the full 10 points on offer. Completing the podium, Czech riders Tomáš Bábek and Jiří Janošek battled hard but it was experience that triumphed over youth as Bábek clinched second place over his younger compatriot.

Keirin (Race 1) result
Sprint (Heat 1)

In Heat 1 of the sprint matches, Jonathan Mitchell lined up against European Champion Tomáš Bábek. Mitchell, hailing from Scotland, lead out for the first 3 laps of the race controlling the tempo. However, with the sound of the bell, Bábek drew level with Mitchell before eventually passing him coming into the home straight. It was the difference in power that was telling as Bábek upped the watts and opened up a small gap to cross the line a few metres in front of Mitchell. 

Sprint (Heat 1) result
Sprint (Heat 2)

Hoping to replicate his compatriot’s earlier success, Jiří Janošek took on former World Champion Denis Dmitriev in the second match sprint of the day. The race started slowly, with the 23-year old stalking Dmitriev closely for 3 laps of the track and neither rider giving anything away in terms of tactics. 

Not phased by the enormity of the task at hand, Janošek launched an attack down the back straight of the final lap to put himself in the lead. However, the Russian veteran reacted impressively, putting down the power just at the right time to sweep past Janošek coming out of turn 4 and opened up an unassailable lead. Dmitriev secured the win and 6 points to boost his score after a disappointing 6th place in the Keirin earlier in the day.

Sprint (Heat 2) Result
Elimination Race

The first event of the Women’s competition saw the riders take on a 25-lap Elimination Race, with eliminations taking place every 5 laps.

Desperate not be the first rider removed, it was a close scrap for the line but the judges deemed it was Irish rider Gaby Homer that was the first to be eliminated. Leaving it extremely late, Danish rider and Six Day regular Amalie Winther Olsen snuck over the line just ahead of Jenny Holl to secure her safety and relegated Holl to 5th place. In a somewhat surprising result, Neah Evans, usually such a strong rider in Elimination Races, quickly followed Holl’s exit and finished a place short of the podium. 

Unable to keep up the pace, Megan Barker settled for 3rd place leaving Backstedt and Winther Olsen to battle it out for victory. Not prepared to take any chances, Winther Olsen showed her strength and surged out in front down the back straight, maintaining her lead to right through to the finish line for the win.

Winther Olsen reflected on her victory after the race, ‘it was awful, it was so hard! Too many sprints but it was great fun and it is always fun to get away with a win.’

Six Day Virtual Series is back with a bang!

11th February 2021

Commencing this Friday 12th February we will be broadcasting virtual racing on our Facebook page for the next three weekends. We have secured an extremely talented starting list of endurance riders and sprinters to once again take on the virtual velodrome. 

Amongst the line-up we’ve got World Champions, European Champions and Six Day favourites all in the mix. See the full rider list below:

MenWomenSprinters
Richard BanuschZoe BackstedtTomáš Bábek
Stephen BradburyMegan BarkerDenis Dmitriev
Max BeyerNeah EvansAnton Höhne
Marc HesterJenny HollJiří Janošek
Sebastian SchmiedelGaby HomerJonathan Mitchell
 Amalie Winther OlsenAlex Spratt

How It Works

Each programme will consist of 4 races in total, a mix of endurance and sprint races like a normal Six Day schedule. The programme will be broadcast at the same time every day, back-to-back for 3 days over the weekend.

Predictor Game

Think you know a lot about Six Day Cycling? Get involved in the action and try your hand at predicting the winners of each race with our new Predictor game on our website. Score points for correctly predicted results, the more accurate the guess, the more points you score. Create a private league and challenge your friends to decide who is the true Six Day champion!

Scores will be updated after each race of the Virtual Series, make sure you log back in to check how you faired or watch the racing and check out the results for yourself as they unfold live on our Facebook page.

Click HERE to take you to the Predictor.

Dates

Friday 12th Feb – Sunday 14th Feb
Friday 19th Feb – Sunday 21st Feb
Friday 26th Feb – Sunday 28th Feb

Time

Every programme will be broadcast at 13:00 GMT.

Where to watch?

Six Day Cycling Facebook Page