Levy ready for Six Day Mallorca party on ‘German island’
10 April 2018
Max Levy stole hearts and minds alike when winning last year’s Six Day Berlin just days after having surgery on a broken collarbone.
Thankfully, ahead of his muchly-anticipated trip to Mallorca for the Six Day Series finale, the only ailment he is carrying is a cold,
Levy is certainly fond of the Balearic island famous for its idyllic cycling landscapes – and, in another life, its nightclubs.
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But with an early arrival in Palma even before the weekend’s grandstand finish, the German is just hoping he can make the most of his home away from home.
“Mallorca is the German island,” laughs the 30-year-old. “We like the good conditions.
“You have the good weather – and in the nineties, it was the big party island. Everyone came here to party and sleep on the beach!
“I am here for the 15th or 20th time, so we know the places where we stay, and can also relax after training with some good food and a small city where you can go for dinner.
“Next week my family is coming and they also enjoy a long weekend, so we do this once a year and know pretty well where to go.”
Levy arrives in Mallorca off the back of a successful winter season where he won the European title in Berlin and claimed a bronze keirin medal at the World Championships.
Though his recent cold somewhat hindered his training for Six Day, it is a far cry from the brutal injury he rode with in his hometown last year.
“It was quite hard to go there with a broken collarbone,” he admits. “But it all turned out good and I think after doing something like this, people know more about cycling and more about me.
“They learn that cyclists are some real hard workers, and that’s what we also transport as a message.
“You’ll go there and see some real athletes. It’s not like soccer, where they earn a lot of money and people can’t feel how this works.
“With us, and the Six Day cycling series, you are much closer as a spectator. You can speak with the rider and see how they are doing, what emotions they have. They will talk to you.”
The pumping atmosphere of the Six Day velodromes is enhanced by the world-class cycling on offer, but the joy of the Six Day final is that the pressure is off – though, of course, that means little, considering Levy’s self-confessed work ethic.
“It’s not the super hardest race for me because it’s not a World Championship,” he says. “From a sports point of view, it’s important to race good but you don’t win a title, so you may feel more relaxed and you can enjoy it a little more.
“At my age you have so many different tactics and ideas to what you could do to win the race.
“I try to concentrate on my own and then in the race against somebody, I will try to see what is the best tactic.
“We sprinters add some animation in the races for the people, which we would not do in the World Championships.
“For us this is a big thing – if you can ride your bike with all those people cheering you!”
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