( °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!
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!
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.)
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!
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.