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Preview – the Berlin Six Day 2013

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The 102nd Berlin Six Day 2013 (or Berliner Sechstagerennen) starts in the German Capital on Thursday night. This event is one of the classics of the winter track calendar but despite that unfortunately Six Day racing continues to be in decline.

This is not just something that can be laid at the door of the global economy, rather just a fact of life that times change. As events have left established Six Day cities such as Dortmund, Munich and Stuttgart in recent years due to lack of sponsors and public interest it is left too Berlin, and Bremen, to fly the flag in the country that was once the European home of Six Day racing.

The quality and composition of this year’s field is, like it has been at all this winter’s Sixes, a mixed bag, as there are very few riders that now race at every Six.

In bygone years there was a ‘blue train’ of established riders who went from city to city racing long into the night hours. That culture appears, like the events, to be a thing of the past as riders from the host countries tend to dominate the start lists in those countries’ respective Sixes.

This year the Berlin starting field is, on paper, even weaker than it was 12 months ago.