Tag Archive for ‘Rotterdam 6 Day 2012’
*+-VeloVeritas spoke recently to Commonwealth Games Team Sprint Silver Medallist Charline Joiner after her ride at the Rotterdam Six Day.
*+-It’s an easy life on the sixes; we bailed out of the truck stop at around 10:00 then drove for four hours to Bremen airport to collect 32 year old American rider Bradley Huff – he’s one of our riders for Bremen.
But Brad had been and gone – and his mobile is shot, making communication impossible.
But somehow he made it to the stadium.
*+-Our friend John Young, of Fietsenphotography fame, worked at the Rotterdam Six Day this year, and sent us a bunch of photos.
We thought you’d like them!
*+-Schep/Stroetinga win, Franco and Mouris second, Stam/Havik third – a result which everyone is pretty happy with.
The Dutch winners are the classic Six Day combo – big, strong, mature, silky smooth Schep and the younger, smaller, more erratic but rapid Stroetinga.
Franco was good – very good, and Mouris is one big, strong, consistent ‘beast of a boy’.
*+-Dernys, you love them or you hate them, they’re a big part of the Sixes; and always with a capital ‘D’-Roger Derny et Fils first manufactured them in Paris, in 1938.
There’s some real Derny history on the boards here-the tall, slim, grey haired man who chases the riders up to their events is Bruno Walrave.
*+-Like it says on the report cards; ‘could do better!’
We’re referring of course to ‘our Alex’s’ time keeping – he missed the rolling presentation on Sunday.
It’s not a huge deal because at the time he had no partner, poor Stöpler having crashed out.
*+-The ‘Devil’ had just started when I wandered down the stairs in search of bottles of water (still – no gas), and by the time I got back what should have been ‘just another race’ had become another of those episodes which remind you that as well as being glamorous, the sport is also a very dangerous one.
*+-It’s not a proper six unless it’s a marathon to get there – and really you should arrive in a different country.
My journey to the Rotterdam Six Day meant a super-early start, Transit van to West Craigs, cab to Edinburgh airport, plane to Amsterdam, train to Rotterdam, Metro to the Ahoy Stadium – then walk across the road.
I arrived in the same country though, so it’s not really a proper trip.