London Six-Day [Night 3]

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Davey Crockett, Jan 29, 2006.

    Our first weekend of racing at the Forest City Velodrome is in the books
    and if you thought racing in Ontario was slow and riders waited for the end
    of the race for the final sprint, You have not seen the racing during our
    2nd 6-Day race of the Season. I had both eyes bleeding on Friday night and
    when the 3rd day was over the eyes were still glazed over, & in addition my
    tongue had tire marks on it from my front wheel. Needless to say the
    racing has been clean, safe and very fast.

    During our first Six-Day Bicycle Race in October, only 2 Teams were able
    to gain 1 lap on the field after 6 nights of racing, So far, every night
    has produced attack after attack with most teams gaining a lap at
    different times throughout the evening's 3 x 30 minute sessions.

    How it Unfolded

    Sundays 1st session started off with a BANG. Three minutes in there was a
    $100.00 prime put up by one of our regular spectators. Everyone's legs
    were still sore from the hard race on Saturday night, John Craig Sr.
    displayed 10 laps to go for the hundred bucks. Team Waterloo put in the
    first attack and quickly opened a 40m gap, The Delhi Team had Mike
    Renneboog start to close the gap, with 2 laps to go there was 20m between
    the teams on the last exchange. Neil Dignam of the Waterloo Team opened up
    the distance until 1/2 a lap to go when super fast sprinter Keith Thoranson
    came along side of the Waterloo Team, but could not cross the line ahead
    of the gritty Dignam. This battle really set the stage for the rest of the

    Immediately after the sprint, 3 teams were under pressure and in danger of
    losing a lap in the first 5 minutes of racing. Team Brantford with Eric
    Robertson & Peirs Davidge began closing the 1/2 lap to the 2 leading teams.
    This took another 5 minutes of constant Jamming. As Brantford caught the 2
    leading teams, the Delhi Team was having trouble holding the pace of the
    Waterloo & Brantford Teams who had now gapped the Delhi riders. It seemed
    to take forever to lap the other teams. Really it was another 5 minutes.
    That's 15 minutes of constant Jamming, as the race settled into the midway
    Team Sprint. I think that is where my tongue really started to rub on the
    front wheel.
    During the Team Sprint race we had each team make an exchange in an effort
    to equalize the skill required to not only go fast but be able to
    coordinate a Handsling exchange. Again it was the Delhi team taking the
    quick time and the 7 points on offer for the overall competition on night
    #3. All of the other teams got closer to the sprinters and finished the
    Sprints less than a second behind.
    Because of the long opening Jam, there was only 4 minutes left in the
    session before the final sprint. (I thought it would be a leisurely ride
    to the sprint....NOT) Out of no where came the London Team of Dave St.
    James & Dave Byer. Over the top they came, before any reaction from the
    field the London team had a 1/2 lap lead. All the teams were full on and
    could not make any ground on the leaders. With 10 laps to go the London
    Team finished things off with getting back on even terms with Brantford &
    Waterloo Teams who had gained a lap earlier. At the end of the session the
    sprint went to the London duo who surprised everyone with a dash to the end
    of session #1. The spectators could have gone home at this point as they
    would have got their moneys worth of racing. There was still 2 sessions or
    60 plus minutes of racing to go.

    The London Track League entertained the crowd while the Madison riders took
    an extra 5 minutes to get on the track for the second session.

    Early in session #2 saw another $100.00 sprint which was won by the Delhi
    Team, followed by another full on Jam. After gaining a lap at the end of
    the previous session The London Team was in trouble, followed shortly
    afterward when Team Delhi missed an exchange and booth teams lost a lap to
    the Waterloo, Brantford & Burlington Teams. Coming up to the mid-way Miss
    & Out, the Burlington Team of Garnett Abbey & Kurt Schreiter launched
    another attack to get back on terms with the 2 leaders, after 5 minutes
    everything was back together and the race officials had mercy on us with a
    Miss & Out. The only problem was that we didn't take it easy..... funny I
    was all for a slow pace to begin with, that was not to be and the
    hammerfest continued. In the end a hard battle ensued with a tie on points
    between the evenings 2 top teams.
    Thankfully the last 15 mins of the session were at tempo speeds as no team
    had the legs to attack, that is until 10 laps to go when Abbey from
    Burlington jumped hard and gapped the field and held on for the very
    deserved victory and the valuable 7 points. Brantford extended their lead
    ahead of the Waterloo Team by 8 points and an almost insurmountable lead.
    The other teams were all 1 or 2 laps behind.

    All the racers were pretty much bagged at the beginning of the third and
    last 30 minutes of the night. Recovery and staying out of trouble was the
    formula for the 2 lead teams during the final session, countering all the
    moves made by the teams that were down a lap. The race came down to the
    final sprint for double points.
    Brantford sealed the nights victory with a convincing sprint win over
    Burlington, Waterloo, Delhi, and London.

    In the end Brantford wins, Waterloo 2nd, same lap but got smoked in the
    sprints (this was the hardest race I've been in a long time). Third went
    to Burlington, followed by The London & Delhi teams.

    Special thank you to all of the London Track Racers, Super-Subs &
    Volunteers who worked hard all weekend to make the 1st half of the race
    safe and run on time.

    Racing continues next weekend, Friday & Saturday Nights at 7pm. The final
    Chase is on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.

    If it's been a long time since you saw a real bike race, make plans to
    attend 1 or all 3 days of racing next weekend.

    Full Results for the 6 day & London Track League can be found at our

    Le Vent à Dos
    Davey Crockett