04 April 2008

The Cricket Test Match of the Cycling World


I missed this years classic Six Day Race here in Copenhagen. It's not as popular as it used to be, but the Six Day Race genre is still exciting. And people take the piss out of five day cricket test matches...

Back in the day it was the highlight of the calendar. Pairs of riders would ride constantly for... you guessed it... six days on a velodrome. And back in the day, when the crowds went home at night, the riders kept riding, taking turns sleeping. There are loads of photos and archive films of riders reading books and newspapers, and I found this one today. Pedalling with one foot and catching up on the news in the middle of the night.

1 comment:

Karl McCracken said...

. . . but cricket is the perfect gentleman's sport. Five days, with breaks for lunch and tea, played in long trousers, and the ideal (and most likely) result at the end is a draw!

Brilliant photo - thanks for posting.