• Short Summary

    After six days of gruelling racing on the steeply-banked wooden track at the Empire Pool, Wembley, London, the ace Belgian-Dutch team, Patrick Sercu and Rene Pijnen won the final team event on Wednesday (25 September)
    Twenty-two top international riders from seven countries competed for over GBP 5,000 in prize money.

  • Description

    After six days of gruelling racing on the steeply-banked wooden track at the Empire Pool, Wembley, London, the ace Belgian-Dutch team, Patrick Sercu and Rene Pijnen won the final team event on Wednesday (25 September)
    Twenty-two top international riders from seven countries competed for over GBP 5,000 in prize money. The competition had plenty of colour and excitement for the spectators, with speeds of 40 miles (64 kms) per hour commonplace, music, lights and daredevil tricks from the cyclists -- who are experienced both as competitors and entertainers.

    Belgium's Patrick Sercu is the fastest cyclist in the world -- the only man to ride an unpaced kilometre inside the minute. His team-mate Rene Pijnen made his London debut at Wembley, with tn six-day victories already to his credit.

    Two World and Olympic champions were also among the competitors. West Germany's Guenter Haritz and Udo Hempel rode as team-mates. They are well-estabished favourites in the professional indoor track world.

    SYNOPSIS: The Empire Pool, Wembely, London, where for six days top-ranking cyclists from seven countries have been competing in the Skol International Six Day Cycle Race. This is the final day on Wednesday and track stars Rene Pijnen and Roy Schuiten of Holland and Patrick Sercu of Belgium are preparing for the last race.

    Patrick Sercu is the fastest cyclist in the world -- the only man to ride an unpaced kilometre in under the minute. With his team-mate Rene Pijnen he must start as favourite for this race. Former cycling champion Peter Post was at Wembley to watch the event.

    Twenty-two riders in eleven teams from seven countries moving round the steeply-banked track. Team races rely on tactics as much as speed, being basically a relay race with one rider in the race at all times. The other one rests by riding slowly on the top half of the track. The aim is to gain a lap advantage and this is achieved when the team has reached the last man in the field. The positions are changing continuously in this fast chase, and spectators keep pace with them on an electronic scoreboard.

    They're into the final lap now and Sercu is in the lead. This is a great victory for the Belgian rider, who is obviously jubilant at his success. The Skol Six is first of twelve indoor six-day races in the European calendar.

    An exciting spectacle for the crowd at Wembley, who show their appreciation of the winners with some enthusiastic applause.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA839N05802FOOZOCBWK0SHQW9
    Media URN:
    VLVA839N05802FOOZOCBWK0SHQW9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/09/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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