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The Gent Six Day 2012 – A Preview


Englishman Steve Penny is a long time track enthusiast and writer – this will be his 17th consecutive edition of Flanders’ mythical Six Day; Gent Six Day 2012. Here’s his take on the 72nd edition of what is now unquestionably the hardest Six Day race on the calendar. VeloVeritas will be there for Sunday afternoon’s Grand Finale. Champions of the World, or The Prodigal Son – that’s the question which can only be answered on the steep bankings of the Kuipke velodrome.’

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Once again the wheels will whirr, the crowds will flock and the beer will flow at the 72nd Six Days of Flanders, Ghent (Zes-Daages Van Vlaanderen, Gent) starting in the legendary Het Kuipke tonight.

With the big Germans sixes in Dortmund and Munich consigned to the history books ‘Ghent’s Classic’ status is now undisputed and is the main event of the pre-Christmas European track calendar.

An estimated 36,000+ fans will create the atmosphere from the seated stands and, in something unique to Ghent, the standing room only track centre.

On the old 166 metre boards the 26 cyclists will embark on their race to nowhere. That journey is never easy as the programme is loaded with racing that by the weekend lasts for six hours each night.