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Zürich Four Day 2011 – Days Three & Four

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It’s 11:29 on Sunday, somewhere on an autobahn in Bavaria. The Zürich Four Day 2011 finished at 02:30 but it was around 03:45 before we got away from the track.

We parked up at 05:00 at a motorway services and rose at 10:15; we’re en route Düsseldorf, which will take us the best part of the day.

It’s all part of the game.

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If a fella in a mascot suit can look smug, this guy manages it.

I interviewed Germany’s Carsten Wolf yesterday, he was an individual and team pursuit star in the 80’s and a top six day man in the 90’s with four wins off 75 starts.

His highest total of sixes for one winter was 17 between October and February; he did that twice – including races in Colombia and Argentina.

I guess I shouldn’t complain about travelling, when I consider Carsten’s itinerary.

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Pete has finished building the track, now he can chill for a few days before packing it all up again.

Friday

Seems a long time ago now.

The 300 lap chase was a belter, with Keisse reminding us how much the Six Day circuit needs him.

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Iljo was made for track racing.

He always looks a million dollars, rides a cool machine and performs in spectacular fashion.

He uses the whole track; maybe not the best for economising on distance covered – but great if you’re watching him.

When he regained the string to take the winning lap he popped a wheelie that a BMX rider would have been proud of – at 50 kph plus.

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Try doing a wheelie on a track bike at 10mph, let alone 35!

Franco wouldn’t like to read this, but he’s not at the same level he was in the ‘golden days’ with Bruno Risi – but he’s still one of the ‘heads’ – pairing with Iljo and racing in his hometown brought out the best in him.

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Franco has raced with Iljo three times in the past, but this is their first win after two second places together in the Six Days.

His win in Zürich is his fourth there, the three previous all being with King Bruno of Risi – a man we sorely miss at the races.

The sessions on Wednesday and Thursday finished at midnight but Friday went on ’til 02:30.

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Plenty of motor-paced racing over these four days.

There wasn’t really any additional pro racing, just that they added in another 125 lap stayer race and some truly dreadful sprinting.

I thought it was over-kill on the motor paced but Franco says there’s always been a big tradition of stayer racing in Zürich.

That being the case, I’d have shortened the races to maybe 80 laps; but the fans do lap up the finales – which take place at mad speeds.

Homeboy, Giuseppe Atzeni dominated the racing – very smooth with little upper body movement and calm under pressure.

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The brothers Hacecky, Martin and Vojtech.