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Ronie Keisse – “I watched what went wrong with a lot of the promising young riders – their parents”

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Ronie Keisse
Ronie Keisse.

If there’s a rider more closely associated with a city than Iljo Keisse is with Gent then I can’t think of it.

Born and bred in the capital of East Flanders, raised on the boards of the Blaarmeersen velodrome, the Gentenaars love him and he loves them. They all pay hommage at the Kuipke velodrome, home to the annual Six Day where Keisse is King; six wins from 11 podiums bear witness to that.

When we say he was raised on the boards of the Blaarmeersen we don’t exaggerate, his father, Ronie managed the velodrome – which hosted the 1988 World Track Championships – and is now the