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Pip Taylor – Part Two; Six Days are not a Milieu for the Faint of Heart


In Part One of his account of ‘running’ at the SKOL Six Days in the early 70’s Pip Taylor told us about the 1971 race.

For the 1972 race he’d moved up the strata and was ‘running’ for a bona fide ‘Blue Train’ pairing. 

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By Pip Taylor

In 1972 I was supposed to ride the international amateur chase of 30 minutes each night and a matinee chase on the Saturday afternoon. 

Having crashed in a road race earlier in the summer I couldn’t Madison change and was withdrawn, so I decided I would work as a ‘runner’ again. 

Not having made a prior arrangement with any GB riders I decided to simply rock-up and offer my services to a continental pair.

Steve Snowling worked in the kitchen again and I offered my services to top Dutch Six Day star, the late Leo Duyndam when he parked up. 

He was partnered with Tour de France yellow jersey wearer and stage winner, top roadman sprinter Dutchman, Gerben Karstens who was quite a character with a scary reputation but turned out to be a great bloke.