• Short Summary

    Cyclists compete in 6 day cycle race at Wembley.

  • Description

    No titles. Six day cycle race.

    Wembley, London.

    Various shots of cyclists riding around a steeply-banked track at Wembley Arena, competing in a 6 day cycle race.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    2225.33
    Media URN:
    57449
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    11/09/1969
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:46:37:00 / 01:47:07:00
    Canister:
    69/74

Comments (3)

  1. jamied says

    The event's official name was the "Skol 6 International Cycle Race".

    The event took place from the 5th to the 10th of September 1969.

  2. ennkay says

    Hi there, This was indeed the Skol London six day race, held in the old Empire Pool..I was a racing cyclist at that time,and indirectly worked for Allied Breweries, so managed to get an access all areas pass.To be able to walk around the riders' cabin section, rubbing shoulders with the cycling GODS of that era was unforgettable. The sheer noise from the spectators, whipped up by an enthusiastic commentator, the rock bands, the roar of the pacing derny motorbikes, the bedlam caused by the nightly crashes, or the frantic chasing when one team would attempt to gain a lap, and especially when that team was one of several all~British teams still gives me that rare feeling of excitement. On the last hour of the last night The eventual winners, Peter Post and Patrick Sercu were a lap down, and as the clock wound down it seemed impossible for them to retake the elusive lap. With literally minutes to go they joined the back of the group, and managed to win on points.Heaven !!

  3. CroydonRCboy says

    I attended the final night of the 1972 Skol 6 at Wembley, Patrick Sercu partnered and winning with Tony Gowland. I had just started schoolboy racing and the atmosphere was one I never forgot. They were gods to me as an impressionable kid. So much so that, now living in Belgium, I just had to go to the Gent 6 to experience it all again. After years of missing it, I finally went this year to watch Cavendish and Keisse on the 5th night. Again, an incredible event, and the speed even higher. Cav was a bit rusty days 1-3 and missed out on some points but by day 5 when I was there they were in great form and leading by a lap. Unfortunately by day 6 the brilliant Belgian pair of de Ketele / Haas (?) had got the lap back and won the event on points from Cav/Keisse. But I'll back next year for more.

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