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.
With both men’s and women’s competitions across the event, fans can expect household names and fierce competition. World Champions, Olympians and the next generation of cycling superstars make up the field at a typical Six Day event and Brisbane will be no exception.
The Six Day Series in Europe has attracted the likes of Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins as well as Australian superstars Callum Scotson and nine-time World Champion Cameron Meyer, who won the Six Day London event in 2017.
The Australian edition of the series will be an action-packed three day event with all the usual Six Day track racing formats including the madison, time trials, derny racing, team eliminations, scratch races and points races in a spectacular arena environment.
Everything you need to know about the Six Day Final - Brisbane:
What is Six Day Cycling?
The Six Day Final to be held in Brisbane is a track cycling event that combines the world’s best track cyclists with a phenomenal party atmosphere. Located at Anna Meares Velodrome, the event will be held over three intense and exciting nights, beginning Friday 3rd April 2020 and concluding Sunday April 5th 2020.
Enter the Velodrome and instantly walk into a thrilling environment. With the smell of delicious food and the sound of beer being poured, your mouth will begin to water. As you walk through the velodrome you will come across plenty of entertainment and activities for the kids along with chill out zones.
Watch the action from Track Centre then you have the best spot in the house. Watch as some of the best track cyclists in the world hit speeds of over 70km. Thinking something a little more relaxing? Sit down with a beer or wine and enjoy some food or get yourself comfy in our beanbag area. Looking for a party? Dance around with the DJ pumping out tunes throughout the entire night and cheer on your favourite riders!
So why Brisbane? Brisbane has become a destination for the spectacular outdoors, blockbuster events and mouth-watering food to enhance your Six Day experience. Abseil down the Story Bridge from dawn, make a champagne toast on a sunset river cruise, or taste the famous Moreton Bay bug. Whatever your inclination, Brisbane’s year-round blue skies are calling.
Extending your Six Day adventure comes easy in Brisbane. Start by eating your way through Brisbane’s best breakfasts before browsing the latest exhibition at the famous GOMA. Enjoy a getaway to island paradise, refine your palette with a tasting tour through the city’s craft breweries, or tackle Brisbane’s ultimate bucket list with a koala-cuddling encounter.
About the Competition: Athletes will compete in different races and divisions in the hope to be crowned the Six Day Series winner. Races include;
o Riding in pairs, each team member takes turns to race, bringing his or her
partner into the race with a ‘hand-sling’. Throughout a Six Day event there are differing versions of the race, including a 45 minute chase, a 500m Time Trial and the Madison Finale which often decides the entire event.
o Unlike most races, the action tends to take place at the back of the pack in
the elimination. Every two laps the rider at the back of the race is eliminated – all the way through until there are only two riders left, who sprint it out for the win.
• Womens Omnium
o This consists of four events – a 7.5km Scratch Race, a 7.5km Tempo Race, an
Elimination Race and finally, a 20km Points Race. The Scratch race is a simple first past the line race, the Tempo race sees intermediate sprints occur every lap after the first five laps, with one point awarded to the first rider. Riders also gain points for lapping the main bunch, while riders caught by the main peloton must leave the track and lose all their points. The Elimination sees the rider at the back of the race eliminated every two laps.
• 200m Time Trial
o The sprinters take to the track individually as they take on the clock in this
crowd-pleaser. Building speed as they go, the showmen take two and a half laps to reach top speed and whip the crowd up into a frenzy before the bell is rung as they exit the last corner. That’s the cue for them to hit full speed as the clock starts and 200m later it’s all over as the next rider takes to the track and it starts again.
• Keirin o The sprinters line up in the home straight as a single derny pacer circles the
track awaiting the starting gun to signal the start of the race. The riders then follow the pacer jostling for position behind him for five and a half laps – no rider is allowed to pass the derny bike – as he reaches 50kph. As the derny leaves the track with two and a half laps to go, it’s every man for himself as the riders go all out for the win.
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