Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins will be the two most high-profile names competing at next week’s Six Day London from October 25-30. The event is part of the inaugural Six Day Series in which riders will accrue points across four Six Day meets ahead of a one-night final at the Palma Arena in Mallorca in March.
World Madison champions Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins will be racing against two-time champions Cameron Meyer and Morgan Kneisky amongst others.
Madison Sports Group CEO, Mark Darbon, commented: “Outside of a world championship or Olympic Games, there cannot be many stronger fields put together on the track, with nine former world champions, a current Olympic Champion, last year’s winners and some of the best six day riders around.”
The female field also boasts two Olympic champions in Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald.
When Six Day racing returned to London last year, Darban said his ambition was to create a world class event but with an "electric party atmosphere."
Six Day London will now form part of a new series of races with similar events taking place in Amsterdam, Berlin and Copenhagen ahead of the Mallorca final. The series will be covered live on Eurosport with highlights on Sky Sports.
Cavendish, who has been part of the consultation process with the series, said:
“Six Day racing has always been one of the most exciting events on the calendar, but until now it has always been individual events, different rules and a variety of owners and operators. A structured Six Day series will revitalise the Six Day scene – and also transform track cycling in general. The crowd will love it as the season develops, but it is also a big step forward for the riders – serious racing, serious prize money – and serious fun.”
“Since we brought Six Day back to London for the first time in 35 years in 2015, we’ve been working on the concept of a bigger series and we can’t wait to get started. In London, Amsterdam, Berlin and Copenhagen we have four iconic cities with great Six Day heritage and in Mallorca, an exciting new venue.
“And that’s what our vision for Six Day is all about – we want to celebrate its rich history, update it and bring it to new territories. Having a series of events with consistent races, riders and entertainment will give us an ongoing story throughout the season which fans can follow across the world. We’ve spoken to a lot of riders about it – and they are hugely excited about the prospect.”
The events will also feature a women’s omnium series and a sprinters’ competition.
Tickets for Six Day London are still available on Tuesday October 25 and Wednesday October 26. For more details, see the Six Day London website.