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Bremen Six Day 2012 – Day One


Bremen Six Day, the car park outside the race hall, it’s 02:29 Friday – we’d targeted bed for 03:00 so mustn’t grumble.

First impressions: a nice hall, a proper Six Day venue and despite the fact that an anorak like me thinks that the field is unbalanced, it’s good racing.

Bremen Six Day
Putting the finishing touches on.

The organisation, if you’re at the blunt end like us, isn’t the best.

Bremen Six Day
Our coal-seam cabin.

But the razamataz is good and the media is here in force.

It’s been the full spectrum today, trying to adapt unsuitable environments into comfortable work places with little assistance from anyone and being a little ‘down’ with it all.

Bremen Six Day
The band in full swing.

But at the other end of the scale, there’s the chase in full cry, the lights, the music, the fans, the noise of rock hard rubber on wood and the rattle of that 1/8″ pitch chain – it’s the best.

Best finish this Becks and turn in, gute nacht.

And I just had a text from Dirk, our mechanic, he’s watching darts on BBC 2 – what a man.

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And now it’s 11:24 am, I’m in the cabin, the clothes are all sorted out, the Sutherland Brothers are mellow on the laptop and the stadium is quiet.

Bremen Six Day
Ed’s done the washing.

I’ve been at this stadium before, I helped Kris unload the camper here last year, but then the bubble burst and I bolted to the airport and the plane to Scotland.

It’s known as the ‘party Six’ with the race just part of a whole range of ‘getting down’ that can be done – bars, restaurants, discos, and gigs spread across the whole exhibition complex.

Bremen Six Day
Bremen Six Day
Hot Chocolate.

And on the subject of gigs, Hot Chocolate play on Saturday night and Haddaway plays Monday night – and don’t say; ‘who the hell is Haddaway?’

He’s only the performer of one of the greatest disco anthems ever – ‘What is Love?

I may go AWOL for that one.

The racing?

Good – the first devil went off like a two lap handicap. I heard Iljo say before the start that he’d been a bit worried at some of the riding he’d seen during the warm up and wasn’t going to take any chances.

He wasn’t kidding, you could see guys thinking; ‘isn’t this meant to be a warm up race?

They run the chase early in Bremen – apparently it’s the tradition.

It wasn’t a death race but nor was it a walk in the park.