In 2015, London played host to its first six-day event since 1980, marking a return to its spiritual home. And it’s back again for 2019 after the success of last three years.
Back in 1878 the Islington Agricultural Hall played host to the first six day when riders attempted to complete 1,000 miles over six consecutive days – an event won by Sheffield’s William Cann.
Since then several venues in London have hosted such events, including the Westminster Aquarium, Alexandra Palace, Earls Court and Wembley Arena – which hosted the last one 36 years ago.
After a three-decade hiatus the six day returned to London in 2015, making its home at the Lee Valley Velodrome and attracting a world-class field of riders.
Belgian Kenny De Ketele and Moreno De Pauw won the event on its return, beating British pair Chris Latham and Oliver Wood into second, with Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish taking second to the Belgians who won again in 2016. Australians Callum Scotson and Cameron Meyer then took the crown in 2017 with a dominant display.
n 2018, the Dutch pairing of Wim Stroetinga and Yoeri Havik took victory, as Australians Kelland O’Brien and Leigh Howards finished second, with Germans Theo Reinhardt and Roger Kluge third.
In six evenings of action, riders will once again compete in the classic six day disciplines such as the Madison, Derny race, elimination races and individual time trials.
Six Brits will be riding in the men’s competition, including the headline duo of Mark Cavendish and Owain Doull, with Jon Dibben and Chris Latham also lining up as well as Andy Tennant and Matt Bostock.
Italy’s Elia Viviani will transfer to the track after a successful road season, as will Australia’s Caleb Ewan.
Alongside the men’s Six Day competition, spectators will be able to follow a women’s event on the final three days of the competition, with the likes of Laura Kenny, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald representing Britain.
Then there’s also another sprinters’ competition that runs throughout the six days.
If you are able to get down to the Olympic Velodrome you can still pick up tickets at the London Six Day website.
Tuesday, October 23, from 18.00
Wednesday, October 24, from 18.00
Thursday, October 25, from 18.00
Friday, October 26, from 18.00
Saturday, October 27, from 18.15
Sunday, October 28, from 16.00
Six Day riders
1 Mark Cavendish & Owain Doull (Great Britain)
2 Andy Tennant & Matt Bostock (Great Britain)
3 Elia Viviani & Simone Consonni (Italy)
4 Jon Dibben & Chris Latham (Great Britain)
5 Stephen Hall & Zack Gilmore (Australia)
6 Caleb Ewan & Joshua Harrison (Australia)
7 Yoeri Havik & Wim Stroetinga (Netherlands)
8 Theo Reinhardt & Max Beyer (Germany)
9 Daniel Staniszewski & Filip Prokopyszyn (Poland)
10 Mark Downey & Felix English (Ireland)
11 Bryan Coquard & Donovan Grondin (France)
12 Ludek Lichnovsky & Denis Rugovac (Czech Republic)
13 Oliver Wulff Frederiksen & Mark Hester (Denmark)
14 Andreas Müller & Andreas Graf (Austria)
15 Dan Holloway & Adrian Hegyvary (USA)
16 Josh Scott & Hugo Scott (New Zealand)
Women’s Six Day riders (pairs for team elim/Madison only):
1 Laura Kenny & Elinor Barker (Great Britain)
2 Katie Archibald & Neah Evans (Great Britain)
3 Emily Nelson & Manon Lloyd (Great Britain)
4 Rachele Barbieri & Simona Frapporti (Italy)
5 Michelle Lauge Quaade & Amalie Winther Olsen (Denmark)
6 Ruby Roseman-Gannon & Nicola Macdonald (Australia)
7 Lea Lin Teutenberg & Finja Smekal (Germany)
8 Petra Sevcikova & Jarmila Machackova (Czech Republic)
9 Mylene de Zoete & Bente van Teeseling (Netherlands)
10 Alice Sharpe & Emily Kay (Ireland)
11 Maria Averina & Tamara Dronova (Russia)
12 Shannon McCurley & Mia Griffin (Ireland)
London Six-Day live TV coverage
Day 1: 19.45 to 22.15, British Eurosport/BBC iPlayer
Day 2: 19.45 to 22.15, British Eurosport/BBC iPlayer
Day 3: 19.45 to 22.15, British Eurosport/BBC iPlayer
Day 4: 19.45 to 22.15, British Eurosport/BBC iPlayer
Day 5: 19.45 to 22.00, British Eurosport/BBC iPlayer
Day 6: 19.00 to 20.45, British Eurosport/BBC iPlayer