Cycling fans were treated to another fantastic week of velodrome action at Six Day Berlin, which saw a commanding Dutch victory in the men's competition and a near-miss for Katie Archibald in the women's. The leading track riders were present in the German capital for the third leg of the new Six Day Series, which is simmering nicely ahead of Round 4 in Copenhagen and March's Grand Final.
Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga were the class duo in the field at the Schauplatz Velodrome, storming to three Madison wins over the six nights while racking up the highest points score. Belgians Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw - impressive victors in both London and Amsterdam - were forced to settle for second place on this occasion as the Dutch outgunned their rivals. The runners-up spot did at least consolidate de Ketele and de Pauw's lead in the Six Day Series standings, with 70 points now separating them and German duo Leif Lampater and Marcel Kalz.
Victory in Berlin was not just a career high for Yoeri Havik, but an emotional moment for his entire family. The last time a Dutch rider emerged triumphant at Six Day Berlin - back in 2006 - it was his uncle Danny Stam in the saddle. Harvik described his pride at following in his close relative's footsteps, reflecting on the prestige of this long-standing race fixture. "Berlin to me is a really big Six Day," he noted. "If you see the list of honour it is 106 years long and there are only really big names of cycling on it."
Andy Tennant and Chris Latham - Team GB's representatives in Berlin - performed admirably over the course of six nights, eventually finishing in sixth place five laps down on the winners. But the best of the Brits was the ever-impressive Katie Archibald, who appears to have lost none of her speed or condition during a recent injury lay-off. The Scot - a Team Pursuit gold medallist in Rio - led the omnium on Day 4 before being edged out by world road race champion Amalie Dideriksen. Archibald is unfortunate to find herself playing second fiddle to Laura Kenny in this event, but she has huge future ahead of her on both the track and road.
The Six Day Series now moves on to Denmark, where the riders have one final chance to secure ranking points ahead of the season climax in Mallorca on March 17th. The fourth and final round takes place between January 26th and 31st at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen where there is everything to play for. Six nights of tense, dramatic racing are guaranteed, with podium spots up for grabs and a number of teams still targeting Grand Final qualification.
The new Six Day Series has been a tremendous success, with huge crowds in London, Amsterdam and Berlin demonstrating the soaring level of interest in this race format. Here at Sportsworld, we're eager to spread the word about this unique experience, where world-class cycling blends seamlessly with party entertainment. Six Day London has quickly established itself as one of the key dates on the UK sporting calendar, and in 2017 we'll again be offering hospitality packages for Lee Valley VeloPark.
If you'd like to make a VIP booking for Six Day Cycling and experience the magic of track cycling, call Sportsworld today on 0208 971 2966.