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Copenhagen Six Day 2014 Snapshots


The Copenhagen Six Day follows straight after Berlin; the trip isn’t fun – load the camper after the midnight finish in Berlin, drive through the night to the ferry at Rostock, sleep in the camper for an hour or two at temperatures well below zero, hop the ferry across the Baltic, then drive up through Denmark to Copenhagen through the snow and wind.

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We passed this church somewhere on the way – sombre but beautiful. Photo©Ed Hood

The last of the ‘old guard’ – and still a beast of a boy, Big Bob Bartko was very impressive, maybe not as quick as he once was but still so strong and smooth.

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Big Bob Bartko. Photo©Ed Hood

One night Daniel Holloway had a debate about what was worse; being shouted at by The Terminator or when he gives you, ‘the look,’ says nothing, shakes his head and just rides on.

Daniel reckoned ‘the look’ was the worst.

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Marcel Kalz. Photo©Ed Hood

When Big Bob won in Berlin a year or two ago he rode with Roger Kluge; they were so smooth and powerful – a veritable ‘Terminator Tandem.’

Marcel Kalz isn’t as smooth as Kluge; but he’s just as big, strong and very fast – all but unbeatable in the flying lap.

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Getting the decals affixed. Photo©Ed Hood

Daniel Holloway’s designer chum came up with a new ‘Corporate id’ for ‘Hollywood’ – and next thing the vinyl guy had arrived …

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Guy East. Photo©Ed Hood

There aren’t many cyclists who a pro team offers a contract to and tells the rider they can pick and choose where and when they race – but Guy East was made that very offer by top US team, Kelly Benefits.

But Guy politely declined, there’s more to his life than just racing a bike – like providing housing for less privileged families in Mexico.

And using elite athletes to help do the work – reminding them that not everyone has a soigneur.

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Alex Rasmussen. Photo©Ed Hood

He’s looking lean and looking forward to the Cali Worlds team pursuit – Denmark were well inside four minutes in the Aguascalientes World Cup.

It could well GB and Australia in the final and Danska for bronze?

Alex is still laid back, unaffected by fame and moving on from the dud hand the UCI dealt him – one of the ‘good guys.’

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Dan plays with the band. Photo©Ed Hood

Whilst the sounds from the PA are good at Copenhagen – the best of Disco and Europop – the live music is without exception, evil.

However, or boy Daniel enjoyed his stint with them