Patti Smith is telling me at pain threshold levels; ‘because the night belongs to lovers.’
No girl! It belongs to that bed in the camper van which I’m using my last dregs of energy to reach.
The racing may be over for the night but the party is 100% ON, Bremen isn’t called the ‘Party Six’ for nothing.
The bass thumps through the camper walls but I’m so tired I know I’ll sleep through it.
It wasn’t a bad first night, we may not have set the heather on fire in the chases but our 22 year-old German, Moritz Augenstein in his sixth Six Day, partnered with Dane Oliver Wulff Frederiksen, took the 500m time trial with a new track record.
Whilst our sprinter, big Czech Tomas Babek, who’s reigning European Games Kilometre Champion took the keirin and was best sprinter overall for the evening.
As well as Moritz we have our regular German client of five years, 27 year-old Hans Pirius riding his 26th Six Day race and driving us crazy with his choice of music, checkout ‘Car Radio’ by 21 Pilots.
He’s seen in the picture speaking to Israel Start-Up World Tour pro, Nelis Politt.
Hans rides with Aussie Joshua Harrison who’s just back from the Tassie Carnival circuit.
Finally there’s 26 year-old Englishman Stephen Bradbury (seen here giving the sling) in his third Six Day, albeit he’s an experienced madison rider having competed in 100 K and three day events.
Stephen is partnered by ‘big unit’ Belgian, Bryan Boussaer who’s riding his third Six Day.
It’s a new track surface here and much better than the old one which wasn’t the fastest or safest and last year was looking pretty battle scarred.
It’s a varied field, there are novices but some top guys too, like Belgian former World Madison Champion, Kenny De Ketele, seen here slinging partner, Politt.