Six Day Cycling reaches London from the 24 - 29 October 2017.
Peter Kennaugh is the latest rider confirmed for this year’s Six Day London line-up. It marks the first professional Six Day event by the Olympic gold-medallist, with the announcement coming just weeks after confirming his move to the Bora-Hansgrohe team for the 2018 season.
Kennaugh will be teaming up with Mark Cavendish, who hopes to go one better than last year when he finished second with Sir Bradley Wiggins.
“Taking on Six Day London with Brad last year was an unforgettable experience,” Cavendish recalls, “it was our last event together in this country and going out in front of full crowds for six nights was immense. It’s easily the best track cycling event in the UK and the best part of it is that it’s only two years old. The organisers want to make it the best it can be and I want to help them do that.”
Of the announcement, Kennaugh says: “I did a lot of Six Days as an U23 when I was on the British Cycling academy. I’ve wanted to do a pro Six Day for so long and looking at Six Day London in the last couple of years I really wanted to be there – but Team Sky always had an end of season get together on at the same time.”
“This year, with moving teams, it’s given me the opportunity to do it and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be a great experience doing my first pro Six Day with Cav. When you look at his palmares and what he’s done in his career, to be doing my first pro Six Day with a triple world Madison Champion and 30-time Tour de France stage winner, is pretty crazy. But I’m sure we’ll have a good crack and it will be a fun week.”
Cavendish, who will compete in the men’s field alongside the previously confirmed Cameron Meyer and Callum Scotson, plus many more, welcomed the opportunity to ride with his fellow Manxman.
“I cannot wait to get back on the London track at Six Day London,” he says. “I’m getting back to full fitness and I’m going to be ready to give it a real shot. To team up with Pete is going to be great fun, we go back a long way – I’ve already been chatting to him to talk tactics and to give him the low down. Without doubt, we’re aiming for the win. It’s going to be tough racing over six days, but I don’t think either of us go into races thinking of anything other than how we can come out on top.”
Check out some stats from last year’s Six Day London below:
Six Day London takes place between 24 – 29 October 2017 at Lee Valley VeloPark on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Tickets are available for 24 – 27 October through Ticketmaster.co.uk.