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Gent Six help

Postby durhamwasp » Mon Sep 24, 2012 19:37 pm

Hi,

Has anybody been to Gent Six? Seems a fairly small velodrome so all seats should have a decent view.

Are there bars all the way around the concourse, or should i look for a certain section to be closest to a bar? :roll:

We were at Rotterdam Six in January gone, great event but totally different set up by the looks of it - big arena with a concourse all the way around the seating area and overlooking the track.

Thanks for your help
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Re: Gent Six help

Postby ju5t1n » Mon Sep 24, 2012 20:11 pm

I’d also like some info on this. The wife says we can go! But where’s best to get tickets? My Flemish is a little rusty so a site in English would be good

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Re: Gent Six help

Postby risi » Tue Sep 25, 2012 13:09 pm

The place is pretty small - you can walk around (under the track) the whole thing in just a few minutes and you get a good view from pretty much anywhere.
There are bars (and food - hot dogs etc) setup at regular intervals, as well as a separate permanent bar under block C if I remember rightly (see plan). In the centre of the track there are also bars. You have to buy tokens at a booth which you exchange for drinks, but there are also plenty of those. The only downside is that the beer is fairly rubbish (Primus).

You can get tickets through the above site - I have done it before & it works perfectly well. You might want to get a move on as there's not too many left (for the weekend anyway). If you use Google Chrome, it can translate the pages to English.
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Re: Gent Six help

Postby durhamwasp » Wed Sep 26, 2012 21:24 pm

Booked!

Centre of track on Sat night, Block K on Sunday! Can't wait...

Fingers crossed Wiggo competes!

RISI - do u remember roughly how much a token was for a beer? Guessing its for the usual 250ml Dutch/Belgian serving!
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Re: Gent Six help

Postby risi » Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:50 am

Good. Also booked, but I didn't do it, so no idea where we are.

I can't remember exactly how much the tokens are - I asked my mate that I go with & he guessed €2 each which is what I had in mind. That may be complete cobblers though. 250ml sounds about right.

It's a good weekend though & you get all sorts of people there - I was last there 2 years ago and was stood next to Dean Downing for a bit and Barry Hoban seems to be there every time. If/when Iljo Keisse wins, get yourself down to his Dad's bar (De Karper) for a bit - it goes a bit mad once Iljo turns up as you can imagine.
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Re: Gent Six help

Postby OffTheBackAdam » Thu Sep 27, 2012 14:01 pm

Ghent 6, oh dear.
Drunk.com! beware the lure of trapiste!
Many years since I've been, but walking into the undertrack bar as Merckx & Sercu walk out was akin to a religious experience!

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Re: Gent Six help

Postby durhamwasp » Thu Sep 27, 2012 19:55 pm

Great stuff! Meeting some one like Merckx is unthinkable...

Rotterdam Six was fantastic last year, great stuff on the track, load tunes and loads of stuff to do in the concourse (cycling up the Muur on a tacx, 1km challenge like on The Bike Show, Track Stand competition etc). Im expecting this to be quite different, but much more authentic and better!
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Re: Gent Six help

Postby risi » Fri Sep 28, 2012 09:18 am

Pah - I cycled (for about 10 miles) with Merckx last year in Dorset. Just me and him for a bit & then a couple of others joined. He's not much of a talker...

Anyway, the Gent 6 is pretty much just about the racing - the venue is not big enough for anything else (no naked ladies like Grenoble etc). There's a break for 'music' (I use the term loosely) which is the cue for a mass exodus to the bars. Last year Pip Gilbert showed up to do a pursuit - wonder if he'll do something similar this year given his recent win. And there's the Noel Fore cup in (about) the first hour every night which is a Juniors event. Recently there's always been a Brit pair - think they won it last year.
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Re: Gent Six help

Postby Yellow Peril » Mon Oct 08, 2012 05:23 am

It's a great experience, I went a couple of years ago and am booked to go this year. We're evengoing on a trip to the Merckx factory.

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Re: Gent Six help

Postby durhamwasp » Mon Oct 08, 2012 19:03 pm

No Wiggo then unfortunately...

Gilbert opening the six days in his worlds jersey... Hope something special is planned for the last day :D

Can't wait!
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Re: Gent Six help

Postby risi » Mon Oct 08, 2012 22:55 pm

It would appear that there is a women's omnium woven into saturday night. Maybe they'll coax Laura Trott over.
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Re: Gent Six help

Postby durhamwasp » Tue Oct 09, 2012 20:48 pm

risi wrote:It would appear that there is a women's omnium woven into saturday night. Maybe they'll coax Laura Trott over.

Fingers crossed!

Where can i see the schedule?
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Re: Gent Six help

Postby risi » Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:47 pm

Here you go: http://sport.be.msn.com/z6sdaagse/2012/nl/programma/

The omnium actually appears to be omnium lite - only on Saturday with:

20.40 Dames-omnium : voorstelling + scratch (presentation of riders + scratch race)
...
21.35 Dames-omnium : Puntenrit (points race)
...
22.30 Dames-omnium : 500 m. tijdrit + huldiging (500m tt + ceremony)

Also, from a news item on the site, some riders names:
Iljo Keisse, Gijs Van Hoecke, Kenny De Ketele, Robert Bartko, Lasse Norman Hansen, Bryan Coquard, Nolan Hoffman

I assume that Van Hoecke & De Ketele would ride together as they're Madison World Champs.
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Re: Gent Six help

Postby durhamwasp » Wed Oct 10, 2012 21:54 pm

thanks again!
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Re: Gent Six help

Postby durhamwasp » Mon Oct 29, 2012 16:30 pm

Anyone know any sports bars, or generally decent (and maybes cheapish!) bars that will be showing the Cyclocross World Cup event (from Belgium) on the Saturday? Im sure plenty of bars will be, just wondering if anyone has any they can especially recommend? Keisse's dads bar perhaps?
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Re: Gent Six help

Postby risi » Wed Oct 31, 2012 13:24 pm

There are certainly TVs in De Karper so I would imagine it will be on. Some guys from PEZ cycling help out at Gent and their favourite bar is the Vivaldi, quote:

"Our favourite Gent bar, the Vivaldi is on the way to the paper shop - good pils at sane prices, great 70's and 80's sounds, a voluptuous hostess and open 'til . . . I don't really know - we've never made it that late."

Full story

It's here, which is handy for the Citadelpark (as is De Karper), but no idea whether the 'cross would be on.
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Re: Gent Six help

Postby giropaul » Wed Oct 31, 2012 16:20 pm

The 'cross is on mainstream television, it just depends who's asked for what in the bar. It will be on the TV in your hotel room anyway, and probably in the bar there as well.

De Karper does get a tad full - especially during the 6.

Alternatively it's easy to get to the 'cross at Koksijde on the train and back on the Saturday
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Re: Gent Six help

Postby durhamwasp » Wed Oct 31, 2012 22:30 pm

Yeah, looking quite likely we will be attending the cross.

We are going over in a motorhome, and arrive in Calais at 10am so should be good timing to get to the Cross, then drive to Gent afterwards for the Six.
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Re: Gent Six help

Postby durhamwasp » Sun Nov 11, 2012 21:37 pm

anyone know/guess when the line ups will be released? Wondering if any British girls might race...
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Re: Gent Six help

Postby risi » Tue Nov 13, 2012 16:43 pm

Main participants just gone up today: http://sport.be.msn.com/z6sdaagse/2012/nl/deelnemers/

Nothing on who is in the omnium yet. Thursday sees a pursuit between Ludo Dierckxsens and Astrid Vandenberghe (a Miss Belgium candidate it would appear). Sadly, not going 'til Saturday...

Edit: News article says:

Er is het vrouwenomnium met elf Belgische rensters en we nemen deze editie ook afscheid van dernyrijder Joop Zijlaard

which translates as

There is the woman omnium with eleven Belgian riders and we take this edition also farewell derny rider Joop Zijlaard

So it looks no Brit ladies. Joop is a bit of a legend.
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