With little over a month until Phynova Six Day London rides into town at the Lee Valley VeloPark, the competitors are starting to ramp up their preparation ahead of the October extravaganza.
After Katie Archibald reigned supreme in the women’s general classification for the last two events in London, this year it is anybody’s game.
Early signs hint that four-time world champion and the current dominant force on the women’s circuit, Kirsten Wild, could be set to top the billing, but there’s a bunch of talent who we can bank on to push her to the limit.
Follow all things Six Day on Twitter here
With 10 World Championship medals, six European golds and the Six Day Series 2017-18 title to her name, Wild is a force to be reckoned with in the world of cycling right now.
Dominating the Scratch race and Omnium at the recent European Championships in Glasgow, the 35-year-old Dutch rider isn’t easing up with age.
Coupled with a Madison bronze medal in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome alongside teammate Amy Pieters, Wild is one of the most impressive all-rounders on the circuit at the minute.
After finishing eighth in the general classification last time out in 2017, the reigning triple 2018 world champion will be hoping to finish top of the pile this time round at London’s Lee Valley VeloPark.
After seeing older sibling Elinor Barker lift the coveted Six Day Series title in the 2016-17 series, 21-year-old Megan Barker will be looking to follow in the footsteps of her Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth champion sister.
The 2014 junior Team Pursuit champion has shown she can more than make it on her own, winning gold at the Dublin GP in the Omnium and Scratch already in 2018.
With a haul of two silvers and a bronze at the U23 European Championships, the Welshwoman will be hoping for more medal success in London.
Australian two-time world champion Amy Cure will certainly give Wild a run for her money at Phynova Six Day London.
Cure boasts an impressive haul of 11 world medals spanning the past five championships. Her first world title on the boards came back in 2014 where she walked away with the Points Race title and shortly followed that up in 2015 with the Team Pursuit.
Winning double gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games after finishing third on the podium at the 2017 World Championships in Omnium and Madison, Cure has the potential to rival for top spot at the Lee Valley VeloPark.
And for any stats buffs, Cure is the only athlete in the world to medal in all six endurances; the perfect pedigree for the all-round nature of a Six Day.
Australian two-time world champion Ash Ankudinoff will make her Phynova Six Day London debut in October where she will be hoping to add to her impressive collection of silverware.
After winning gold for Australia at her home Commonwealth Games in April in a Team Pursuit quartet comprising of Cure, Annette Edmondson and Alexandra Manly, Ankudinoff will travel to London with the wind behind her sails.
A serial winner at Australia’s National Track Championships in 2018 in the Omnium and Individual Pursuit, she added bronzes to her collection in the Madison and Points Race.
With an individual silver medal in Hong Kong at the 2017 World Championships, the Sydney-born rider is a serious competitor to watch out for.
At just 20-years-old New Zealander Michaela Drummond could be the surprise package of this year’s Phynova Six Day London.
Clinching bronze at the 2017 World Championships in Hong Kong in the Team Pursuit, Drummond added to the gold she secured at the 2015 Junior World Championships in the same event.
Drummond’s pedigree extends to the Six Day staple too: the Madison. A silver at the 2017 World Cup in Los Angeles, the Te Awamutu-born cyclist has shown international mettle in the discipline and could prove to be a real challenger in the Sony Xperia Women’s field.
Tickets for Six Day London 2018 start from £20.40 and are available now – here