Today marks just four months to go until the Six Day Series returns to London and with riders already announced and exciting changes made, it’s all set to be a cracker.
Earlier this week, reigning Six Day London champion Katie Archibald added her name to the 2017 roster, joining Mark Cavendish in heading back to the capital from October 24-29.
Archibald and her rivals will also be competing for valuable UCI points this year with the women’s omnium now a UCI certified event while the schedule will include the introduction of a women’s Madison event.
The last two years of Six Day London have provided thrills and spills aplenty with no shortage of high octane racing.
So to get you in the mood, we thought we would reflect on last year’s action, reviewing the four big winners from across the competition
Six Day dual goes down to the wire
They did not disappoint either, topping the standings going into the last day of the men’s event.
But rule out Six Day stars Moreno de Pauw and Kenny de Ketele at your peril.
The Belgiums were not about to let the hosts have things all their own way and snatched victory on the last day thanks to a thrilling final Madison.
A nail-biting final sprint to the line gave them the win by 11 points with de Ketele describing it as his ‘biggest Six day victory by far.’
Gun to tape victory for sprinter Eilers
It was a display of supreme sprinter from Germany’s Joachim Eilers at Six day London 2017.
Leading from the outset, he consistently posted the fastest 200m TT times and dominating the sprint finals and Keirin races to leave his rivals no chance.
Compatriot Max Levy was second but there was no denying Eilers who got the party started with some wild celebrations upon crossing the line in his final race.
Some way to mark his first Six Day ride in London!
While Wiggins and Cavendish might have been unable to deliver a British win for the home fans, the spectators did not go home disappointed though with Katie Archibald delivering the goods in the women’s omnium.
Having won every race she contested on the first night of competition, the Olympic champion took another three wins on the penultimate day, only being beaten in the 10km points race.
And she confirmed her title, ahead of fellow Scot Neah Evans, by winning both the elimination and points races on the final day of her debut Six Day competition.
Newly-crowned world road race champion Amalie Dideriksen finished third, on 48 points, 33 behind Archibald, with Evans just 14 off her fellow Scot.
Home success continues in 1878 Cup
Scotland were also victorious in the 1878 Cup, with Grant Martin and Andy Brown completing an impressive comeback which saw them win after scoring just one point on the first day of the competition.
The Scots began to climb the table when they won the 40km Madison, three points and a full lap ahead of the field on the second day.
On the final day, Martin and Brown held their nerve with a sturdy sixth-place finish in the event to take the title by a lap on their Six Day debut.
“It’s really good, there are a lot of good riders here, internationally, so to win it is a really good feeling,” said Brown, 19.