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First riders announced for historic Six Day Melbourne

17 August 2018

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You know the dates, you know the venues – and now you know the first riders who will make history as the Six Day Series goes Down Under.

For the first time the Series will spread its wings beyond Europe and into Australia, with events taking place in both Melbourne and Brisbane before the season is out.

And already we know the first names that will be heading to the other side of the world from the Series opener in London, with a great eight riders all ready to say g’day.

But it’s not just any riders, here at Six Day we have the world’s biggest and brightest taking to the boards – and a trip to Melbourne is proving no exception.

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A former world champion in the team pursuit, Great Britain’s Andy Tennant will be showing Australia exactly what he is capable of – with 13 world and European medals already to his name.

But he won’t be alone in his England v Australia rivalry with Bolton’s finest Chris Latham heading back Down Under – less than a year since winning Commonwealth scratch race bronze on the Gold Coast.

A combination of bikes, beats and beers, the Six Day Series takes a traditional form of cycling and mixes it with an exciting party atmosphere to form the ultimate sporting event – and of course the Australians themselves couldn’t resist joining the party.

They’ll be headlined by Australian 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold medallists Kelland O’Brien and Leigh Howard, the pair that helped break the world record in the team pursuit to take gold on home boards.

O’Brien is also the 2017 Australian Institute of Sport Emerging Athlete of the Year and Howard is a three-time world champion.

Fellow Australians Stephen Hall and Josh Harrison will also compete at Six Day Melbourne with UCI points counting towards Olympic qualification up for grabs.

Hall is a 25-time Western Australia State Champion, while 23-year-old Harrison is the 2017 points race and Scratch Race Oceania Champion.

There is also room in our Six Day luggage for two of our favourite Polish riders, with Wojciech Pszczolarski and Daniel Staniszewski also heading to sunny climes.
They’ll do so as two riders with experience of Six Days already, veterans of Six Day London looking to spread their wings across the globe.

In fact all eight riders competing in Melbourne will also be at Six Day London 2018, with the countdown to the first race of the Series rapidly appearing into view.

But they won’t be all with the legend himself, Andreas Graf, also gearing up for a piece of the action when the competition gets under way on October 23.

The Austrian supremo will compete in Berlin and Manchester as well, with plenty more world-class riders set to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for Six Day London 2018 start from £20.40 and are available now – here

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