The Amsterdam 6 Days kicked off the 6 Days season this week and what a great start!
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It was our first time at the Amsterdam velodrome and when we first entered it, we have to admit we were slightly underwhelmed. It’s not all that big, the track is 200 meters and there are 1250 seats. Our first night was Wednesday – the third day of the 6 days and not the most well visited one. However, as soon as the racing got started, we forgot our initial hesitation.
The 6 Days is something special, the atmosphere at the 6’s is always one of excitement and awe at the professional riders’ abilities and stamina. Everyone who turns up, be it seasoned fans, newcomers who’re just tagging along or amateur riders who’ve come to watch the pros, end up getting really into the racing and the show. By the end of the night, almost everyone is cheering although they don’t necessarily have a favourite team, they just want to be part of the great atmosphere and cheer on the riders who’ve been racing hard all night.
The Amsterdam 6 Days also has a mini and junior 6 Days as well as an UIV cup before the main event. Denmark was represented in the UIV Cup by Simon Bigum and Elias Helleskov Busk who made a valiant effort and ended up taking third place.
During the actual 6 Days, the riders have a chance to relax and recharge while the keirin and sprint riders do their thing. One of the most amazing things about the sprinters is seeing them do track stands and just watching in complete amazement while they manage to stand almost completely still for what seems like minutes sometimes. There were some really strong riders and the crowd loved them, as did we.
Although we often go to races in official capacity, we’re also fans of this amazing sport so we do take time to cheer for riders when we can. When you see as great racing as these guys put up, it’s impossible not to applaud and yell out in encouragement every now and then. We even managed to make a few signs the last night as there was no wifi in the velodrome and we needed something to do after arriving more than an hour early. While we do sometimes have riders we favour at races, we mostly cheer for whoever puts in a good effort, meaning we ended up with about four signs, much to the amusement of the people next to us who took to cheering for whoever was on the sign we held up.
The 6 Daagse was a really hard race, the riders really seemed to go deep every night and it was fantastic to watch. The standing was fairly close the entire race and the GC was only decided in the last couple of minutes when Kenny de Ketele and Gijs van Hoecke managed to take a double lap in the final madison and ended up taking home a well deserved win.
The peloton in Amsterdam was really good and well put together which the GC reflected throughout the race. Only Dane in the mix was Marc Hester who was partnered up with Swiss Tristan Marguet. They managed to beat the 6 Days track record for the two lap time trial although they didn’t beat the all time track record but instead missed it by a mere 0.005 seconds.
We’ve loved our time at Sloten Velodrome, it’s been great way to start the track season, and we’ve enjoyed the racing as well as catching up with riders and their crew. We hope to see some of them again this winter but for the foreseeable future, the next races for us at Dancing On The Pedals are at the track at Ballerup Super Arena outside of Copenhagen.
The final GC:
1. Kenny de Ketele – Gijs Van Hoecke: 0 laps, 282 points
2. Leif Lampater – Raymond Kreder: 0 laps, 245 points
3. Jens Mouris – Wim Stroetinga: +1 lap, 255 points
4. Pim Ligthart – Marcel Kalz: +1 lap, 226 points
5. Nick Stöpler – Yoeri Havik: +3 laps, 243 points
6. Tristan Marguet – Marc Hester: + 7 laps, 194 points
7. Barry Markus – Robert Bartko: +8 laps, 44 points
8. Jiri Hochmann – Vojitech Hacecky: +11 laps, 135 points
9. Melvin Boskamp – Jesper Asselman: +12 laps, 134 points
10. Wesley Kreder – Nolan Hoffmann: +15 laps, 114 points
11. Aaron Gate – Luke Roberts: +18 laps, 92 points
12. Didier Caspers – Melvin van Zijl: +21 laps, 33 points
13. Guy East – Daniel Holloway: +27 laps, 33 points
All results can be found at the official website
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