( °ᴗ°)~ Nº283, Rotterdam Six Days Was the Place To Be 6️⃣ 🌅

Nº283 – Rotterdam 6 Days! Get your next trip sponsored, The Accursed & Dotwatcher's '23 Race Roundup. A nighttrain map, 71% of women considering leaving 🚲 industry & how Burton was built. Qvist preorder, Simon Summerscales interview & Aaron of AARN for Redwing. Henna, Malva & Sami 🚵 & ⛷️ the Alps!
( °ᴗ°)~ Nº283, Rotterdam Six Days Was the Place To Be 6️⃣ 🌅
Keirin snap during the Rotterdam Six Days 2023 by Melissa Silva
Table of Contents

So Friday was the 4th day of the 40th Six Days Races in Rotterdam. It is always a treat to see all the action first-hand, attend with colleagues, and run into so many friends and former customers. It really felt like a family reunion!

We ran into Bas from Magistrale Coffee (a loyal reader of the newsletter. Thank you, Bas!), as well as Otto & Terry of 2Moso (a former long-time Twotone client) and friends of Twotone Laurens ten Dam, Michelle de Graaf, Bruno Bobbink & Stephan de Goede. (If you need a badass sports photographer for a campaign or event, give Stephan a shout!)

Before moving to Amsterdam, I admired Six Days racing from afar for many years and first attended one at my local velodrome, Sloten, back in 2013. I think back then, I might have imagined actually racing in one but don't have delusions like that anymore. Ha!

"The first six-day event was an individual time trial at the Agricultural Hall in Islington, London, in 1878, when a professional called David Stanton sought a bet that he could ride 1,000 miles in six successive days, riding 18 hours a day. A Mr Davis put up £100 and the stake was held by the Sporting Life newspaper. Stanton started at 6am on 25 February and won the bet in 73 hours, riding on a high-wheeled machine at an average speed of 13.5 mph."Wikipedia

1891 was the first Six Days of New York was held in Madison Square Garden. Initially, these races were contests of raw endurance, with a single rider completing as many laps as possible. By 1898, the format evolved to focus on a handsling pairs format that became known simply as: the Madison (aka course à l'américaine, in French, as Americana in Spanish and in Italian, and koppelkoers in Dutch.)

The success of Madison racing in the USA led to Six Days' introduction in Europe. Initially in Toulouse in 1906 (scratched after three days due to disinterest) Then, Berlin tried, three years later, with success. Five races were held in Germany in 1911–12. Then Brussels followed in 1912 and Paris in 1913. The Rotterdam Six Days tradition has been going (minus a big break between '38 & '67) since 1936! Friday was a blast! Congrats to Yoeri Havik & Jan-Willem van Schip on the overall win & thank you again, 2Moso, for the tickets! : )

Six Days Ghent is one that is still on my list. Who wants to go with me in 2024? : )

Lastly, just a quick note to keep the ‘From Scratch’ screening on Jan 12th and our next #doxunderthetracks on Jan 26, on your mind. And a mention I'll also be heading back down to Kortrijk for Velofollies once again next year. Likely only on Friday the 19th, but if you've got reasons, we should stay an extra day. Say hey!

Thank you, as always, for reading & wishing you an awesome week ahead!


✨ Enjoy this newsletter? Consider supporting it here.

🤝 Share the love with aa LinkedIn post or on FB.

☕ Or simply say thank you by buying me a coffee.


How To Get Sponsorship For Your Next Big Expedition Or Trip

Influencers take note. Use komoot for your route, but this is your real roadmap. ; )

The Accursed: A No-Fly, Off-Road, Fixed-Route Race in The Balkans

I doubt I'll be signed up for this 1st edition though I do love to join inaugural races! And the map below would come in handy getting to the start! Follow on insta & read more here.

The 2023 DotWatcher Bikepacking Race Results Roundup

2023 Bikepacking Race and Ultra Cycling Highlights – DotWatcher.cc
A roundup of some of the most exciting races in 2023, with a spread of events across the globe.

Beccy Waters, Nicky Shaw & Kitty Dennis penned an awesome overview of ultracycling action over the past year here. Very cool to see new events getting announced so often!


Back-on-Track's Sleeping Across Europe Night Train Map

I've been a fan of night trains since forever so, you better believe their recent resurgence has me hyped! The map above is from Back-on-Track.eu You can follow them on insta & linkedin. p.s. looking for a long read about European rail developments? Check this one.

71% of cycling industry women are considering leaving

71% of cycling industry women are considering leaving - these trailblazers tell us why, and what’s being done to fix it
Zwift’s Kate Veronneau, Liv’s Cassondra Spring and Ribble’s Sasha Castling give their honest opinions about opportunities for women in the bike industry

Despite the brutal headline, this ultimately inspiring article by Kristin Jenny at Cycling Weekly gives actionable advice and resources for women in and considering joining the industry. Help us make the bike industry less male, pale & stale! : )

'How I Built This' Burton Snowboards: Jake Carpenter

Burton Snowboards: Jake Carpenter
In 1977, 23-year-old Jake Carpenter set out to design a better version of the Snurfer, a stand-up sled he loved to ride as a teenager. Working by himself in a barn in Londonderry, Vermont, he sanded and whittled stacks of wood, trying to create the perfect ride. He eventually helped launch an entirely new sport, while building the largest snowboard brand in the world. PLUS for our postscript “How You Built That,” how Jane Och solved the problem of guacamole turning brown, with a container that removes air pockets, the Guac-Lock.

David Hieatt's linked posts typically earn a like from me. I especially liked this one. I'm always looking for ways to go against the grain in business, and inspired by David's post, I'll listen to this interview by Burton Snowboards founder Jake Carpenter. : )


Qvist Opens Pre-Sale Until January 31st

My friend Roman's innovative double-ratchet hubs manufactured in Dresden have already been making waves for some time. Qvist will be shipping their first hubs in 2024. Click to learn more.
Simon hired me to help on a Samsung Trek project when he was at 72 & Sunny back in the early days of Twotone, and we've been friends ever since! Awesome to see what he's done at Canyon, and Wyatt's interviews continue to catch so many of the industry's best thinkers. Listen here.

Aaron of AARN for Redwing Red Wing Cologne / Düsseldorf

"Aaron designs glasses and chainrings for bikes. When we asked him what‘s so special about them, his eyes began to sparkle, and he continued talking about it. We love to listen to people who are talking about something they love." –an excerpt from a feature on The Red Wing Cologne / Düsseldorf insta and website. Grateful to call Aaron a friend & have him in Amsterdam!


Ride to Ski - Bikepacking and Skiing Adventure Through the Dolomites

"Bikepacking and skiing/snowboarding isn’t something that usually goes hand-in-hand but Henna Palosaari, Malva Björkman and Sami Sauri challenged this notion. "Ride to Ski" film documents their 9-day journey through the Dolomites, done solely by bike. Adventure full of sweat, laughter, camaraderie, skiing, snowboarding, ice and snow."

As the climate crisis expands and hits the once snow-packed Alps, three athletes gather in Innsbruck to jump into a 426-kilometer cycling and 8140-meter climb journey across the Alps, all the way into the beautiful Lake Garda.

Athletes / Cast
Henna Palosaari– @hennapalosaari
Malva Björkman– @malvabjorkman
Sami Sauri– @samisauri

Director, editor, sound & color grading: Mikko-Pekka Karlin– @mpkarlin
Cinematography, stills and, logistics: @richard_buchner
Producer: Henna Palosaari

Thank you for reading!
Here's to attending a 6 Days in 2024!

Written by
Jon Woodroof
♥️ @Kristyspark✨, Otto, Mira, Errol, Simone, Brayden & Rowan 💡 living the dream @Workspacesix & @Twotoneams 💌 I love to send special stuff to special people weekly.
Great! You’ve successfully signed up.
Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.
You've successfully subscribed to Twotone Consulting | Est. 2014.
Your link has expired.
Success! Check your email for magic link to sign-in.
Success! Your billing info has been updated.
Your billing was not updated.