Dibben raring for Six Day track return
07 October 2018
Jon Dibben knows a thing or two about racing at the Lee Valley VeloPark, and the Southampton flyer is relishing the opportunity to make his return at Phynova Six Day London later this month.
Competing in Stratford will evoke fond memories for the youngster, who won points gold for Britain at the Track Cycling World Championships held there in 2016.
And whilst the 24-year-old was unable to replicate those feats on the same track at Six Day later that year, the atmosphere at the event proved enough for him to seek a return.
“As soon as I knew I would be able to compete this year, I was keen to get involved,” he said.
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“I haven’t raced on the track since the 2016 series so I’m really looking forward to it, but particularly because competing in this particular event is so special.
“Winning the points gold at the 2016 World Championship is definitely my best memory of competing in London so far. That win is the highlight of my track cycling career.
“I’m sure those fantastic memories will come flooding back when I return to Lee Valley Velodrome in a couple of weeks’ time.
“It’s always so enjoyable with the crowds cheering you on and the music playing in the background.
“Sometimes you even get a better atmosphere at Six Day than at a World Championships. To race there six nights in a row is very special.”
Dibben’s cycling journey has been full of ups and downs since he clinched his first gold for Great Britain at the 2016 World Championships.
He secured a maiden victory on the world tour circuit by winning stage six of the Tour of California in 2017 but suffered a major setback when he broke his elbow after crashing into a barrier in the final 10 kilometres of Ride London in July earlier this year.
Whilst admitting the recovery process was difficult, Dibben is relieved to be back in training and is looking forward to being able to compete at Six Day later this month.
He said: “It was difficult, and I was often impatient, but I am lucky to have such a great medical team to support me.
“I’ve worked hard to recover fully so I can compete at Six Day before my season comes to an end.
“It will be nice to get a full week of racing under my belt and competing at Six Day is a particularly nice way to return.
“I’m looking forward to racing in front of a home crowd. The British fans are always fantastic at Six Day. Even if they don’t know exactly who you are, they’re always there giving you their best support.”
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