Teams of cyclists from all over Europe were at Wembley Stadium, London on Friday (15 September) for the start of the 1972 Skol 6 event...
SV Start of six-day race
TV Riders around track and past camera
SV PAN No. 9 (France) Van Lancker leading from Piet do Wit (Holland)
SV Riders along straight past camera
TV Riders around bend
LV Riders around track
SCU PAN Leo Duyndam (Holland) around track
SV PAN Riders around track
SCU Wolfgang Schulze (West Germany) PAN DOWN TO Erich Spahn (Switzerland)
LV Race in progress
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Background: Teams of cyclists from all over Europe were at Wembley Stadium, London on Friday (15 September) for the start of the 1972 Skol 6 event...six days of gruelling sprint and relay contests.
As a warm-up, competitors took part in a 50-lap 'tempo' race where speed is the all-important factor. The basis of the Skol 6 event, though, is the 'chase', where tow-men cycle teams take on their rivals in relay style in order to gain a whole lap's advantage to win.
The most formidable challenge this year comes from Britisher Tony Cowland, teamed up with Patrick Sercu of Belgium. They can expect to be threatened, through, by the next favourites, Porter (Great Britain) and Fritz (West Germany).