London – The city that invented Six Day Racing
Like most good sporting events, Six Day racing began with a wager. When, in 1878, English cycling champion David Stanton threw down a gauntlet claiming...Read More >
Like most good sporting events, Six Day racing began with a wager. When, in 1878, English cycling champion David Stanton threw down a gauntlet claiming to the sporting establishment that he could ride 1,000 miles over the course of 6 successive days, his challenge was picked up and backed by the Sporting Life newspaper with a purse of £100, a considerable sum in late Victorian England. In February of that year, at London’s Agricultural Hall in Islington, Stanton set out on his lone effort and handsomely won the bet, covering the distance in less than 5 days.
Inspired by the publicity surrounding Stanton’s feat, a six day race was hurriedly organized at the same venue for a mass field. This time £150 was offered in total prize money with £100 going to the victor. 12 men entered and after 6 days and nights of riding the Yorkshireman, Bill Cann walked away as victor of the world’s very first Six Day Race.Read Less >