London Six Day Festival update

Venue tbc, but TV and top riders are part of the mix

More details are emerging about next year’s six day cycling meet due to be held in the London Borough of Newham. Speaking to BikeRadar, London Six organiser Tony Doyle, revealed that the event was already on the 2009/10 UCI International Calendar, and that it will be televised. It won’t be a one-off either, the organisers have struck a three year deal with Newham with an option to renew.

The London Six will be the first event of the 2009/10 six day season and will run from the 1-6 October 2009 at a venue still to be confirmed.

What we do know though is that the world’s top six day racers will take part as will Britain’s top track stars. The racers will ride a portable track – described by Doyle as one of the best in the world – which is also used for the Rotterdam Six.

Speaking about possible venues Mr Doyle said that a number of sites were being looked at as was the possibility of using a semi-permanent unit. One big factor in the choice of location will be its accessibility for Newham’s schools.

That’s because the London Six will be preceded by a community festival that will run for the month before the six day event with the aim of giving Newham’s school children and community groups a taste of track riding.

The event will be London’s first taste of professional track racing since the demise of the Skol Six in 1980

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