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Copenhagen Six Day 2011 – Opening Night; It’s Not Like It Used To Be

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It wasn’t a great first night here at the Copenhagen Six Day 2011; sparse crowds, lacklustre chases and I seemed to spend the whole day gittering about to little effect, but we’re set up, the hotel is great, the boys are all relaxed and it’s Friday – so maybe we’ll get a better crowd.

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
Will it be Wonderful this year?

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
You don’t want to take the wrong ferry from Rostock.

Ballerup velodrome.
Ballerup velodrome.

Copenhagen is ‘old school’ – long chases are what six days are all about say the organisers; I’m not so sure.

A ‘soft’ chase on a 166 metre track is one thing, you just about get away with it, but on the broad acres of a 250 metre track it’s dire, it looks so slow and processional.

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
Colby hands over.

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
‘Ed’s boys’ warm up for the chase.

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
Whilst the drinks are prepared.

I was talking to Danny Clark at breakfast and he was waxing lyrical about the ‘old days’ of 100 kilometre chases to start the night every night for Six Days.

The conversation was veering into Monty Python territory a little though;

“We opened the night with a 100 kilometre chase, raced hard all night until 05:00 am and then we partied.

And the racing started again at 11:00 am and lasted all afternoon…”

I was just waiting for him to say;

“…and the organisers used to publicly flog us every night and paid us only one euro per day…”

That was ‘then‘ and this is ‘now‘ – the big road stars don’t ride the Sixes these days and the public don’t want to sit for nearly two hours watching a madison – especially if it was like the two I witnessed here, last night.

But a six has to have it’s own formula, Grenoble has the cabaret, Gent has the Dernys and pils, Berlin the sprinters and stayers and if long chases work here, then who am I to argue?

But maybe the organisers at the now defunct Dortmund, Munich and Stuttgart sixes said the same thing?

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
Alex and Michael.

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
Franco and Alexander.

As well as the usual Franco, Michael, Alex and Jens-Erik contingent, we have US rider Colby Pearce to look after; there’s not much Colby hasn’t done; criteriums, cyclo-cross, mountain bikes – and he’s won track World Cups.

Colby behind the derny.
Colby behind the derny.

He’s a cool guy and not hard to work with; nor is our sixth rider – Michael Mørkøv’s little brother, Jesper who’s fresh from winning the U23 six at Berlin on the back of a road season in France.

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
Michael’s wee brother Jesper leads the string.

Alex’s HTC kit takes a wee bit of getting used to, I’ve had two years of the two Danes wearing matching Saxo kit.

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
How does Alex do that?

I like the new ‘baby blue’ Saxo kit, it’s an unusual colour, but Michael’s mitts are lethal for the dye running and have to be washed separately.

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
Michael’s new kit.

If you’ve seen our stuff about Copenhagen then you’ll have read that Michael had special ‘undersized’ jerseys made for himself so they’re skintight and won’t flap, what I forgot to say was that he had them made extra long so there’s no chance of them coming out of the waistband of his shorts – did someone say ‘attention to detail?’

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
Jens has a new team, too – Concordia.

The cycling team situation in Denmark isn’t great; Saxo may be big players but further down the scale there’s not much doing – that was why Michael Rasmussen’s Christina Watches team has caused a stir.

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
Probably not a design consideration for the Chicken’s new team.

There are a lot of riders who would kill for a contract and Rasmussen’s claim that he had more than 50 applications rings true to me.

Jens was a national team member but had to come off the programme because his life was becoming one perpetual training camp – and with a wife and young child that’s not the best.

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
Bib Bob Bartko.

Unlike Berlin, where some of the Six Day ‘names’ were missing, all of the players are here – Robert Bartko partners with Robert Bengsch, a pairing that has already won Bremen.

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
Bob’s partner Bensch.

Also here are Peter Schep, Leif Lampater, de Ketele, Mertens, Hester, Stam, Grasmann – plus van Bon and Aeschbach, neither of them rode in Berlin as part of the organisers’ efforts to keep costs down.

Leon van Bon.
Leon van Bon.

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Franco isn’t quite on his game just now.

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
Kenny de Ketele says hi.

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
Leif Lampater.

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
Colby with soigneur Martin.

Who Let The Dogs Out?‘ is blasting, the U23 guys are burning up the track so I best get on my ‘par nr. 7‘ uniform – I’ll tell you about that tomorrow.

ciao, ciao.

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
Team Number 7 Cheerleaders.

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
There’s no escape from fame.

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
Tristan after the flying lap, Michelle the soigneur shares the glory.

Copenhagen Six Day 2011 Result

Standings after Night One

1 Jens-Erik Madsen (Den)/Marc Hester (Den) Principia 54 pts
At One Lap
2 Danny Stam (Ned)/Leon van Bon (Ned) DSS Security 31
3 Alex Rasmussen (Den)/Michael Mørkøv (Den) Lundbæk & Hansen 49
4 Kenny de Ketele (Bel)/Tim Mertens (Bel) Agerbak Busservice 40
5 Robert Bartko (Ger)/Robert Bengsch (Ger) Loxam 26
6 Franco Marvulli (Swi)/Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Gittermand 23
At Two Laps
7 Peter Schep (Ned)/Leif Lampater (Ger) Sydbank 21
8 Andreas Müller (Aut)/Tristan Marguet (Swi) PO Nielsen 25
At Three Laps
9 Nick Stöpler (Ned)/Jesper Mørkøv (Den) Watergroup 10
10 Luke Roberts (Aus)/Sebastian Lander (Den) Niscayah A/S 17
11 Niki Byrgesen (Den)/Christian Ranneries (Den) Post Danmark 12
At Four Laps
12 Jiri Hochmann (Cze)/Martin Blaha (Cze) LOOP 3
13 Colby Pearce (USA)/Sebastian Donadio (Arg) CEC 12
14 Michael Smith Larsen (Den)/Yoeri Havik (Ned) Fitness World 4
At Six Laps
15 : Alexei Markov (Rus)/Ivan Kovalev (Rus) Claus Dalsgaard A/S / TeleBilling 9

Copenhagen Six Day 2011
It may be one in the morning but Jesper needs a rub.

Ed Hood
Ed's been involved in cycling for over 45 years. In that time he's been a successful time triallist, team manager, and sponsor of several teams and clubs. He's also a respected and successful coach, and during the winter months can often be found working in the cabins at the Six Days. Ed remains a massive fan of the sport and couples his extensive contacts with an inexhaustable enthusiasm for the minutiae and the history of our sport.

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