Golden Opportunity for 6-Day Revival
The new track is ready - so can London now revive its 6-Day Race heritage? After the Olympics what can fill the track cycling gap - without impacting the Manchester Revolution series? Which organiser that can make London track racing commercially successful?
First a step back - because there are cycling fans who do not know that London had 6-Day Races. The first ones I remember were in the 1960s and 70s. But the first was held in 1923 and this programme from 1936 - records one of the pre-war 6-Days at Wembley >>
In the 1960s the racing returned using a small (143m / 160m / 176yds?) de-mountable track. In fact I think that there must have been two tracks used between 1967 and 1980 since Herbert Schürmann claims the design of the 1970 version. One of them is still in use today - at Chalshot, near Southampton.
Track designer, Ron Webb, was also promoter of the London SKOL 6-Day Race for some 12 years. The last London 6-Day was in 1980 and the great Patrick Sercu holds the unofficial record with 8 victories. That is, of course, a record that can never be beaten - unless a London 6-Day is one of the legacies of the 2012 investments.