• Short Summary

    THE FIRST SIX DAY CYCLING RACE TO BE STAGED IN BRITAIN FOR 15 YEARS BEGAN AT THE EARL'S COURT STADIUM IN LONDON TODAY (MONDAY) WITH TOP PROFESSIONAL RIDERS FROM EIGHT NATIONS TAKING PART.

  • Description

    THE FIRST SIX DAY CYCLING RACE TO BE STAGED IN BRITAIN FOR 15 YEARS BEGAN AT THE EARL'S COURT STADIUM IN LONDON TODAY (MONDAY) WITH TOP PROFESSIONAL RIDERS FROM EIGHT NATIONS TAKING PART.

    SIX DAY RACING IS GROWING IN POPULARITY IN EUROPE, AND IS REPUTED TO BE ONE OF THE MOST STRINGENT SPORTS EVER DEVISED.

    THE RIDERS WILL RACE AROUND A STEEP TRACK, ABOUT .09 MILES (K.M.) IN CIRCUMFERENCE. THE MEN WILL RACE IN TWO-MEN TEAMS, AND DURING THEIR 80 HOURS IN THE SADDLE ARE EXPECTED TO COVER MORE THAN 2,000 MILES (3,200 K.M.).

    DURING THE RACE THE RIDERS WILL OCCASIONALLY SPRINT IN SLIPSTREAMS, PROVIDED BY SPECIALLY FITTED MOTORCYCLES. DURING THESE STAGES SPEEDS OF MORE THAN 50 M.P.H. (80 K.M.) WILL BE ATTAINED.

    THE RACING WILL BE BETWEEN 10 IN THE MORNING AND MIDNIGHT, AND WILL INCLUDE SPRINTS, TIME TRIALS AND PURSUIT RACES. ON THE FIRST DAY EVENTS INCLUDED TEAM RACES, SPRINTS, PACING, AND TEN LAP DASHES.

    AMONG THE FAVOURITES FOR THE RACE ARE THE DUTCH TEAM, PETER POST AND GERARD KOEL, TWO OF HOLLAND'S TOP PROFESSIONALS. POST HAS ALREADY WON 38 SIX DAY EVENTS, AND THREE MAJOR EUROPEAN ROAD RACES. KOEL IS COMPETING IN HIS THIRD SIX DAY RACE.

    AUSTRALIA IS REPRESENTED BY SID PATTERSON, WINNER OF 20 SIX DAY EVENTS, AND RON BAENSCH, RIDING IN HIS FIRST. OTHER COUNTRIES REPRESENTED ARE GERMANY, DENMARK, BELGIUM, SWITZERLAND, HOLLAND, ITALY AND BRITAIN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA12T0FRPP712GBSBD9LC12UHI4
    Media URN:
    VLVA12T0FRPP712GBSBD9LC12UHI4
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/09/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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