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Copenhagen Six Day 2019 – Nights One, Two and Three

Our summary of the first three nights, working at the Ballerup track.

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The cannon fires, the smoke clears, then the drums, those damn drums! But it’s OK, it’s just the intro to Paul Delicato’s 1976 Euro Disco smash, ‘Cara Mia.’ Yes, we’re at the final Six Day of the season; the Copenhagen Six Day 2019.

Copenhagen Six Day 2019
They’re off! Photo©Ed Hood

Home rider Jesper Mørkøv paired with Germany’s Christian Grasmann have the honour of taking the first lap of the race.

Copenhagen Six Day 2019
Christian Grasmann gets slung in by Jesper Mørkøv. Photo©Ed Hood

The music is always good in Copenhagen as the 75 minute chase unfolds before us the Pussycat Dolls and Alice Merton provide a great soundtrack.

Up in the stand there’s a little group of guys drinking beer and eating popcorn – as the chase speeds up so does their popcorn consumption.

What it’s all about – having fun at the Six Day.

Copenhagen Six Day 2019
The ‘swannies’ with the drinks. Photo©Ed Hood

In a world of 20 and 30 minute Six Day Madisons, 75 minutes is a long way and it doesn’t take long for the pressure to tell with riders all over the track; multiple Norwegian track champion Anders Oddli is paired with experienced Dane Sebastian Lander drops six laps but it could be worse, the Polish/German duo of Adrian Teklinski & Lucas Liss haemorrhage 11 omgange (laps) to eventual winners, Dutchmen Yoeri Havik & Wim Stroetinga.

Copenhagen Six Day 2019
Achim Burkart (GER) & Matias Malmberg (DEN). Photo©Ed Hood
Copenhagen Six Day 2019
Bartosz Rudyk (POL). Photo©Ed Hood

Our cabin comes out of the mayhem in OK shape, Achim Burkart, our German Derny specialist, paired with rapid home youngster Matias Malmberg end the night on the zero lap in third spot.