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    Event -
    UCI World Champs
    UCI Event UCI World Champs
    4th-8th April 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
    2012 Event | 2011 Event

    UCI Event UCI JNR World Champs
    22 - 26 August 2012
    Invercargill, New Zealand
    2012 Event | 2011 Event

    UCI Event UCI World Masters
    6th-14th October 2012
    Manchester, UK


    UCI World Cups
    UCI Event UCI World Cup, Cali
    11th-13th October 2012
    Cali, Colombia

    UCI Event UCI World Cup, Glasgow
    16th-18th November 2012
    Glasgow, UK

    UCI Event UCI World Cup, Aguascalientes
    17th-19th January 2013
    Aguascalientes, Mexico


    Olympic Games
    UCI Event London 2012 Olympics
    27th July - 12th August 2012

    UCI Event Paralympics 2012
    29th Aug - 9th September 2012
    London, UK


    UIV Six Days
    UIV Event Fiorenzuola Six Day
    10th - 15th July 2012
    Fiorenzuola, Italy

    UIV Event Amsterdam Six Day
    15th - 20th October 2012
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    UIV Event Grenoble Four Day
    24th - 27th October 2012
    Grenoble, France

    UIV Event Ghent Six Day
    20th - 25th November 2012
    Ghent, Belgium

    UIV Event Zurich Six Day
    28th Nov - 1st Dec 2012
    Zurich, Switzerland

    UIV Event Rotterdam Six Day
    3rd - 8th January 2013
    Rotterdam, Netherlands

    UIV Event Bremen Six Day
    10th - 15th January 2013
    Bremen, Germany

    UIV Event Berlin Six Day
    24th - 29th January 2013
    Berlin, Germany

    UIV Event Copenhagen Six Day
    31st Jan - 5th Feb 2013
    Copenhagen, Denmark


    Regional Champs
    UEC EventEuropean Champs
    Senior - Lithuania
    19th-21st October 2012
    U23/JNR - Portugal
    3rd-8th July 2012
    Masters - Belarus
    13th-17th August 2012

    Australia Event Oceania Champs
    19th-22nd November 2012
    Adelaide, Australia

    Asian Event Asian Track Champs
    8th-12th February 2012
    Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia

    PanAM Event Pan-AM Track Champs
    2nd-7th March 2012
    Mar del Plata, Argentina


    National Champs
    French Event French Nationals
    8th-10th June 2012
    Bordeaux LAC, France

    German Event German Nationals
    15th-19th August 2012
    Frankfurt, Germany

    Canada Event Canadian Nationals
    12-18th September 2012
    Dieppe, New Brunswick

    UK EventBritish Nationals
    Senior - Manchester
    26th-30th Sept 2012
    Junior - Manchester
    27th Aug - 1st Sept 2012
    Masters - Newport
    29th June - 1st July 2012

    USA Event USA Nationals
    Senior - Los Angeles
    27th-30th Sept 2012
    Junior - Trexlertown
    11th-15th July 2012
    Masters - Colorado
    2nd August 2012

    Australia Event Australia Nationals
    Senior - Adelaide
    26th-29th January 2012
    Junior - Melbourne
    14th-17th March 2012
    Masters - Sydney
    22nd-26th February 2012

    New Zealand Event New Zealand Nationals
    9th-11th February 2012
    Invercargill, New Zealand


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    2012 Ghent Six Day


    2012 Ghent Six Day

    One of the highlights of the Track Cycling calendar starts on the 20th November for six nights of thrilling race. The Six Days of Ghent (Zesdaagse Vlaanderen-Gent) is a six-day track cycling race held annually in Ghent, Belgium. It takes place in the Kuipke velodrome in Ghent's Citadelpark and for ninety years it has been one of the most prestigious Track Cycling events.

    Thanks to Steve Penny - www.6dayracing.ca

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    UIV 2012 Ghent Six Day - Day Six


    The final day of the Ghent Six promised a big tussle between the Belgian World Madison Champions De Ketele / Van Hoecke and local hero Iljo Keisse with Glenn O’Shea. They didn’t disappoint.

    Points Race: - That fight started in the very first race with Keisse getting the edge over Van Hoecke in the final sprint. Perhaps a pointer to what lies ahead in the big final when sprints are held every 10 laps over the last 50.

    Team Elimination: - It was once again ‘on’ between Keisse / O’Shea and De Ketele / Van Hoecke and it was again Keisse who won the sprint. At this time the points where building up in their favour.

    Flying Lap Time Trial (TT): - After breaking the track record twice this week 8.67 almost felt like an anti-climax for Tristan Marguet. It wasn’t of course. Again 8 teams went under 9 seconds and that along with the track records completed a remarkable Six in the popular flying lap.

    Derny Races x 3: - Retiring motor pacer, Joop Zijlaard got a big formal send off from the crowd, organisation and riders before the first heat. Following that it was no surprise when he led Iljo Keisse home for a win in the first race. The 2nd and 3rd heats went to Kenny De Ketele wrapping up the Derny racing at the 72nd Ghent Six.

    Individual Elimination Race 1: - Young Gijs Van Hoecke was able to claw a few points back in this one beating Glenn O’Shea continuing the Belgian monopoly of the Sunday programme to this point.

    500 Metre TT: - Yet another TT victory for Marguet and Marvulli in 27.30 again ahead of Dillier / Bartko (27.87). The Swiss rider Marguet was brought here to entertain against the clock, he certainly did that going back home for the ‘Zurich Six-Day Nights’ with both Kuipke track records.

    Scratch Race: - This one was just keeping the legs turning over before the final but provided Nolan Hoffman his first win of the week. The South African has enjoyed his time here describing it as ‘his own Tour De France’, compliments indeed.

    Ghent Six Final – 60 Minute Madison

    The Belgian press had been hyping the rivalry between Iljo Keisse, Kenny De Ketele and Gijs Van Hoecke all week even calling it the ‘Battle of Ghent’.

    The battle did have a dramatic conclusion but for the first 30 minutes it looked as if Robert Bartko and Silvan Dillier might throw a spanner in the works and take a surprise win. They led for the first half as De Ketele / Van Hoecke covered moves made by the more attacking riding of Keisse / O’Shea. The Danish team of Hansen / Hester had been close to the lead all week but lost a few laps early and where never in contention for the final podium.

    Once the sprints started it was clear Bartko / Dillier wouldn’t be able to go the lap clear, as they’d need to, and it was all about the top 2, the bonus and the 5th and final sprints. Starting the chase 12 points behind De Ketele / Van Hoecke took the initiative and won the first 2 sprints to get within 4 points of the lead. But O’Shea came back and won the 3rd and even though De Ketele took the 4th he and Van Hoecke where still behind and needing to win the last sprint. With just under 3 laps to go disaster struck as Van Hoecke fell on the back straight as he was being thrown into the chase by De Ketele. Someone said there may have been water but it looked to me as if he just lost control a little and he fell onto the carpet above the rider’s cabins, not onto the track itself. That meant De Ketele had to stay in the chase alone and of course with no break before the final sprint he wasn’t able to contest it. All that was left was for Keisse to roll across the finish line alone with his arms aloft to take the applause from his adoring public.

    What they said:

    Iljo Keisse (Winner): This one has been a little different as the press has been calling it the ‘Battle of Ghent’ as me, Kenny and Gijs are all from the Ghent area. So this was more than just the fight for the Six Days, they went full gas from the first to the very last minute. It feels good to be back and yes it feels good to win at home but this was a warning for me that with Gijs and Kenny over the coming years it’s going to be hard to stay on top. But the fight was only on the bike we all respect each other and I showed that on the podium as I tipped my cap to them showing my appreciation for the way they went full gas all week. I have a big respect for the way they raced. Normally off the bike we get on really well with each other but this week the press made it a little more intense with the hype.’

    Glenn O’Shea (Winner - talks about joining the great Aussie Six Day riders as a winner here): ‘Before today I looked at the programme at the past winners and I thought about what it’d mean and how exciting it’d be to be on the same list as those guys. So it feels great to now be on that list with guys like Danny Clark, Graeme Gilmore and Matt Gilmore – although he is half Belgian (laughs) – etc. Australia has always had at least one rider in the Six Days. Our national coach is Matt Gilmore so he is of course interested in the Sixes and the national programme promoted me coming over here in the past as it’s good hard racing.’

    Kenny De Ketele (2nd with Van Hoecke): This week it has been intense with all the press and of course you try to avoid the pressure but eventually it does get to you. The longer the race went on it got better but as the race was evolving that pressure level went up and up. But I think we created a great battle for the public. Of course I would rather have won myself but things happen in sport and I know that the result was an honest one and in sport we should be honest about what happens.’

    On his partnership with Van Hoecke he said: ‘As its always been difficult to get me and Iljo together in Ghent so it really was like a gift from heaven when I met Gijs on the national team as we raced together and fulfilled the dream of becoming World Champions. We race really well together so if all is ok we will be back again next year……..racing together.’

    Lasse Norman Hansen (4th - The 20 year old Olympic Omnium Champion acquitted himself well in his first ever ride on this track): ‘When I arrived I couldn’t believe the size of the track, I was a bit shocked but once I did an hours training on it then it felt bigger than it looked!!! During the week I’ve got better and better, as has my technique riding this track. The racing has been action packed, up and down. There were a few crashes but like I said it has been action packed. Overall it has been a positive and really fun experience for me. After this I’m doing Zurich and the Copenhagen Six which is of course a big objective for me early next year.’

    Tim Mertens (6th with De Buyst): ‘It was the first time my partner (De Buyst) ever rode here and I think if we rode again he’d know the track and how to ride and be even better. We’d be able to compete even more with the other guys. So I hope next year to be up there even closer, but it was a good Six for us we both rode well.’

    Jaspar De Buyst (6th with Mertens) ‘It was a big experience for me as I didn’t expect these results one week ago. I’m normally a road rider but I know I can also do something on the track in the future if it works with my road racing. But I’ll be back here next year and during my career I hope I can win or at least get a podium place.’

    Tristan Marguet (7th broke both track records riding here with Marvulli): ‘I didn’t just come for the Time Trials but I knew I was fast and my form was good, I’d won the World Cup Scratch race in Glasgow last week. It’s been nice taking the track records of course and this has been good keeping the form going as Zurich in a few days is the big objective. It’s our home race!!!’

    Leif Lampater (9th with a disappointing Tosh Van Der Sande): ‘The first 4 days it was really hard. Tosh was disappointed himself that he didn’t have the form of last year but it was great in the last 2 days to see him getting much better. He had a long hard road season so it’s difficult to stay in top condition as he has gone sometime without any racing which is hard. But I believe he is going to be a really good rider. I have good form and condition myself to take to Zurich so as always it’s a new race, with new luck and a new opportunity for me.’

    Final Standings:

    1. Keisse (Bel) – O’Shea (Aus) 484 points
    2. De Ketele – Van Hoecke (Bel) 472
    3. Bartko (Ger) – Dillier (Swi) 335

    At 4 Laps:
    4. Hansen – Hester (Den) 247

    At 5 Laps:
    5. Schep – Stroetinga (Ned) 136

    At 10 Laps:
    6. De Buyst – Mertens (Bel) 239

    At 11 Laps:
    7. Marvulli – Marguet (Ski) 282

    At 13 Laps
    8. Kneisky – Brisse (Fra) 202
    9. Van der Sande (Bel) – Lampater (Ger) 160

    At 37 Laps:
    10. Grasmann (Ger) – Hoffman (RSA) 95

    At 41 Laps:
    11. Coquyt – De Pauw (Bel) 113

    At 43 Laps:
    12. Stahr (Ger) – Müller (Aut) 60

    At 45 Laps:
    13. Breyne – Schets (Bel) 135

    Around Het Kuipke:

    The organisations annual review confirmed that the turn out from the public was more than favourable, 5 sell outs is testament to that. Despite the decline of other Sixes this one stands alone as being a success on all fronts. Sporting wise Patrick Sercu (Sports Director) was happy with most of the riders and the intensity of the racing. He was excited by the performances of young Belgian debutants Jasper De Buyst and Gijs Van Hoecke. The latter confirming in his first Ghent Six that he has a great engine but Sercu as noted that he has a good future with the road teams so hopes they allow him to continue to ride the track as well. The Danes Hansen / Hester have impressed as has Silvan Dillier who followed up on his strong debut last year to contend with Robert Bartko. Obviously the track records for Marguet / Marvulli are plus points too. The illness of Stroetinga cost the Dutch team a chance to contend and the lack of a few more strong ‘international’ riders was the only disappointment for Sercu. Reasons for that are well known, it was an Olympic year plus the commitment to road teams for many. Sercu noted that with no Sixes before Ghent it is becoming difficult for riders to continue directly from the road season to the track as in the past. The only negative point raised by a colleague was feedback about the DJ (the 4th in 5 years). He was not in sync with the racing and therefore the crowd, plus it was very loud. Comments had been made that this had at times killed the atmosphere. The music should work with the spectacle not over ride it. The ‘Wiggo’ craze was in evidence in Het Kuipke too as a group of guys arrived, Belgians, wearing their Wiggins masks. Franco Marvulli rode up to the start line of a Derny race wearing one much to everybody’s amusement, he certainly seems like the old Franco this year. Talking of Wiggins I personally first met him in 1998 when he was just returning from winning the World Junior Pursuit Championships and was sitting reading ‘Cycling Weekly’ in (London) Euston railway station, far from public property at that time. It is well known Bradley was born in Ghent and he made his professional debut right here back in 1999. Over the years I watched him race the Ghent, Munich and Dortmund Sixes. Although when he won this Six in 2003, with Matt Gilmore, no one would have predicted that 9 years later he’d be a Tour winner, one of the faces of 2012 in the UK with numerous books about him on the shelves and a TV special celebrating his success.

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    UIV 2012 Ghent Six Day - Day Five


    24th November 2012: There are tired legs in the bunch but on a wet and windy Saturday night in Ghent all roads again led to Het Kuipke for another sell out beer and bike racing fest.

    Points Race: - A team point’s race opened the programme tonight, the winners being Tosh Van Der Sande and Leif Lampater who have had a disappointing Six after finishing 4th last year just 1 lap down.

    Team Elimination: - The race for the 20 points was on again here as the top 4 teams battled it out. They finished in the current GC order too with Keisse / O’Shea beating Van Hoecke / De Ketele with Dillier / Bartko 3rd.

    Flying Lap Time Trial (TT): - No track record today but another great time from Tristan Marguet after he was paced up to speed by Franco ‘marvelous’ Marvulli to post 8.63 seconds. Once again 7 teams went under 9 seconds with Keisse / O’Shea, 2nd in 8.70, a winning team most years here. The speeds in the flying lap have been this year’s highlight.

    1st Madison (40 minutes): - The chase was as ever on in the night’s long Madison and the result was familiar Keisse / O’Shea battling it out with Van Hoecke / De Ketele, the Belgian / Australian combination winning out in the sprint. The final chase, tomorrow, will show which pair have enough left in the tank to win this Six.

    Derny Races: - Tonight there were 3 races on the programme, the high speed crowd pleasers tonight being Kenny De Ketele (twice) and Iljo Keisse - the top guys raced twice in an unusual change from the norm.

    Individual Elimination Race 1: - The top boys left this one to the mid-low ranking team riders, the win going to Tosh Van Der Sande from Steve Schets.

    500 Metre TT: - Yet another win for the fastest man in the building…..Tristan Marguet and his partner Franco Marvulli. The time tonight was 27.280 seconds.

    Scratch Race: - The Frenchman Morgan Kneisky appears to enjoy this one as he gratefully received the bouquet for the 2nd successive night.

    Super Sprint: - Despite a bad week in the chases Schets / Breyne have picked up some late night wins, tonight it was here.

    2nd Madison: - Saturday night finished with the 2nd chase, a break in tradition especially as it was announced as being on an unknown length, another first!!! Tired legs starting a chase at 01.15am wasn’t ideal but the winners Hester / Hansen, followed by Bartko / Dillier won’t complain. These teams took back a lap from the leaders. The result meant 4 teams where on the same lap but the Keisse / O’Shea and De Ketele Van Hoecke go into the final ready to contest the win. Only a full lap gain can give the win to anyone else.

    Ghent Debutant - Nolan Hoffman

    Riding for the first time here in Ghent is South African, Nolan Hoffman. He is to my knowledge the first black cyclist to race in the pro Six since Brit, Maurice Burton in the 70s and 80s. The 27 year old from near Cape Town also rode in Amsterdam and Grenoble. After a trip home he’ll be back in Europe after Christmas to ride in Rotterdam.

    As for his first time in Ghent, he admitted to me that at times he has struggled in the Madison’s, they are all what he described as being ‘full on chases’ and ‘like the World Championships every night’. He acknowledged that his partner Christian Grasmann is a strong Madison rider who had bailed him out a number of times this week. Back in South Africa there isn’t the depth to have a strong field racing the Madison, he thinks there are only maybe 5 or 6 guys who can race at anywhere near this level.

    He was looking to do well in some of the races on the programme though but noted that the big guys have been going after those too. There has been no let up. Nolan was disappointed to not have been able to do as well in the Time Trials as he’d expected for that he sights two reasons. Firstly the track, being the first time he has ever ridden on this 166 track he noted it takes real technique and that just staying upright is a feat in itself high up on the banking. That is where the speed is built up for the flying lap. The second reason is the quality of the guys against the clock. As noted on Thursday it is rare to have so many teams go under 9.00 seconds.

    Despite a lack of points and the unforgiving programme that allows for little rest between events, he was in good spirits and believes he is heading home stronger than ever. He takes comfort from the advice of Patrick Sercu (six-day king and sports director here) who’d told him ‘no one ever has it easy in their first Six-day season, especially in their first Ghent’. If he can get the contracts he hopes to back next year with more experience and looking to go better.

    Standings after 5 Days:

    1. Keisse (Bel) – O’Shea (Aus) 383 points
    2. De Ketele – Van Hoecke (Bel) 379
    3. Bartko (Ger) – Dillier (Swi) 266
    4. Hansen – Hester (Den) 230

    At 5 Laps:
    5. Schep – Stroetinga (Ned) 116

    At 6 Laps:
    6. Marvulli – Marguet (Swi) 252
    7. De Buyst – Mertens (Bel) 221

    At 10 Laps
    8. Kneisky – Brisse (Fra) 180

    At 11 Laps:
    9. Van der Sande (Bel) – Lampater (Ger) 154

    At 27 Laps:
    10. Grasmann (Ger) – Hoffman (RSA) 82

    At 31 Laps:
    11. Coquyt – De Pauw (Bel) 100

    At 35 Laps:
    12. Stahr (Ger) – Müller (Aut) 52

    At 38 Laps:
    13. Breyne – Schets (Bel) 120

    Around Het Kuipke:

    Tonight was the first time since I’ve been coming that Saturday had a slightly reduced programme, normally Thursday, Friday and Saturday have identical race programmes. On paper there was 45 minutes less racing and they finished with a Madison. A break from tradition that realistically is a sensible move due to the early start on Sunday afternoon, but a Madison to finish the night didn’t work for me. Tonight there was a new feature here in Ghent, a Womens Omnium event consisting of Scratch, Points and 500 TT races. The winner for the record was Jolien D’Hoore. I’m not sure it really caught the crowd’s imagination tonight, but it could yet become part of the future here. Thursday nights ‘streakers’ seem to have gained a lot of coverage – some sites gave that more words than the rest of the Six-days put together. The one thing I missed was the unsavoury side, one of them head butted a steward who tried to stop them getting onto the track.

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    UIV 2012 Ghent Six Day - Day Four


    23rd November 2012: Here in Ghent Friday night has always been the big night of the Six. Its not just about the beer it’s about the cycling and fans of all ages bring the wife or girlfriend to what is for all concerned, a big night out. A number of the revellers are ex-riders many of whom no doubt spend the night reminiscing on their time pedalling around the hollowed boards of Het Kuipke.

    Team Elimination: - The programme again started with the Team Elimination (or Devil). For as long as I can remember since coming here this is a race the leaders always go for. Tonight the 20 points were snapped up by the improving Silvan Dillier (with Robert Bartko) in a 2 up sprint with Iljo Keisse. The Swiss / German pairing are starting to make a run at the podium. In 3rd were De Ketele / Van Hoecke. Wim Stroetinga came back into the race recovering from stomach problems but his self confessed dislike of the Elimination race meant this one offered no pointers to his condition.

    Points Race: - After taking 2nd in the first race Keisse and Glenn O’Shea got back to winning ways taking the team point’s race.

    Flying Lap Time Trial (TT): - On Wednesday Tristan Marguet broke the track record posting 8.57 seconds. Tonight he again flew around the track at 70kmph and lowered the record further with a new time of 8.56 (70.09kmph). Suffice to say he and Franco Marvulli deservedly milked the applause. It was also good to see the ear to ear grin return to the face of Marvulli, something that’s been missing for a few years here. The fast rising Dillier / Bartko took 2nd in 8.76.

    1st Madison (45 minutes): - The first chase was nip and tuck all the way before Dillier and Bartko snuck away with 2 laps remaining to win it. Despite taking 2nd O’Shea looked like he lost a bit of power towards the end, unless he was just holding something back. At this stage of the night O’Shea / Keisse appeared to be gaining the edge points wise on Van Hoecke / De Ketele but that changed again as the night progressed. This was a good return to the chases for Schep / Stroetinga who didn’t lose any laps. Also continuing to show well were Hester / Hansen and Mertens / De Buyst. At the other end of the scale South African Tristan Hoffman looks tired and the bottom 3 teams in the standings took another pasting finishing between 5 and 7 laps behind in a 45 minute race.

    Derny Races: - As reported last night the story this week is of the last Ghent appearance for veteran pacer, Joop Zijlaard. Tonight the 4 Derny races on the programme went too Leif Lampater, Gijs Van Hoecke, Iljo Keisse (in a real crowd pleaser) behind the aforementioned Ziljaard and Peter Schep.

    Individual Elimination Race 1: - After losing 7 laps in the Madison, Nicky Cocquyt finally found some cheer taking this one from Morgan Kneisky.

    500 Metre TT: - No record in this one tonight but another win for Marguet and Marvulli in a time of 27.220 from Dillier / Bartko (27.640). The Swiss will head home for the ‘Zurich Six-day Nights’ as it’s now called (it’s a 4 day race, sadly no longer a Six) with good form and morale.

    2nd Madison (30 minutes): - The 2nd chase saw the rivalry between Keisse / O’Shea and De Ketele / Van Hoecke intensify. After they gained a lap on the field it appeared Keisse wasn’t happy at being out sprinted by De Ketele but gained enough points for a bonus lap passing 300 for the week so far.

    Individual Elimination Race 2: - A couple of the leading teams went in search of points in this one, Van Hoecke beating Dillier in the sprint but both teams gained points for a bonus lap – De Ketele / Van Hoecke passing 300 and Dillier / Bartko surpassing 200.

    Scratch Race: - This one was just a straight A-B Scratch race won by Morgan Kneisky. The main excitement being the riders getting the crowd involved as they revved up for the sprint to the sound of ‘The Proclaimers - I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)’.

    Super Sprint: - Rounding off the programme the big boys again opted for an early shower during the 6 eliminations leaving the rest to it, the winners being the French team of Kneisky / Brisse taking 2 in a row.

    Standings after 4 Days:
    1. Keisse (Bel) – O’Shea (Aus) 308 points
    2. De Ketele – Van Hoecke (Bel) 305

    At 1 Lap:
    3. Bartko (Ger) – Dillier (Swi) 205

    At 2 Laps:
    4. Hansen – Hester (Den) 179

    At 4 Laps:
    5. Schep – Stroetinga (Ned) 109

    At 5 Laps:
    6. Marvulli – Marguet (Swi) 202

    At 6 Laps:
    7. De Buyst – Mertens (Bel) 180

    At 7 Laps
    8. Kneisky – Brisse (Fra) 148

    At 12 Laps:
    9. Van der Sande (Bel) – Lampater (Ger) 108

    At 21 Laps:
    10. Grasmann (Ger) – Hoffman (RSA) 67

    At 26 Laps:
    11. Coquyt – De Pauw (Bel) 92

    At 28 Laps:
    12. Stahr (Ger) – Müller (Aut) 50

    At 34 Laps:
    13. Breyne – Schets (Bel) 87

    Around Het Kuipke:

    Amongst the sell out Friday crowd was the Kenny De Ketele ‘supporters club’. About 150 people wearing rainbow banded cycling caps, resplendent with an image of a steaming kettle (De Ketele translates as ‘the kettle’), cheered on their man, and his ‘Movember’ moustache, from the back straight. The supporter’s clubs having long been a feature of Belgian cycling, no matter how well known the rider is. The club may just consist of family, friends and neighbours but no matter how big or small it must be nice to have a group people cheering just for you. Keeping a low profile but in the house tonight was Freddy Maertens, the two time World Road Champion. During his often controversial career he also won 3 Green jerseys and 16 stages at the Tour De France. His greatest period of success was whilst wearing the rainbow jersey in 1977 when he won the Vuelta (overall) and 13 stages. The Vuelta was run in late April / May (pre 1995) and he went from Spain to the Giro to win 7 stages before he sustained a broken wrist, following a crash, and had to abandon. A familiar face in Het Kuipke is Etienne De Wilde, known as the ‘blond arrow’ he won inside this place 9 times between 1983 and 1997. He was ‘the guy’ locals came out to cheer on until he finished his Ghent Six career with a 3rd place in 2001, at the age of 43. Tonight the Sport Directors from the Copenhagen Six, Jimmi Madsen and Michael Sandstod were in attendance. The quiet Dane won here with Scott McGrory in 1999 and was 6 times on the podium despite never really having a regular partner after Jens Veggerby retired in 1998. Last night Madsen and Marty Nothsteins track record for the 500 metre TT was broken.

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    UIV 2012 Ghent Six Day - Day Three


    22nd November 2012: Team Omega Pharma stormed into the lead of the Ghent Six Day on Day Three as World Omnium Champion Glenn O'Shea and Six Day legend Iljo Keisse surpassed the points tally of previous leaders Kenny De Ketele and Gijs Van Hocke.

    2012 Ghent Six Day


    Marc Hester and Lasse Norman Hansen of Team VDK and Silvan Dillier/Robert Bartko of Team Mega Doe-Het-Zelf - John Saey are both on the same lap as the top two teams and despite a large difference in the points totals could be looking to surprise the big names and turn the race upside down this weekend.

    1 Team Omega Pharma (O'Shea Glenn - Keisse Iljo) - 232pts
    2 Team Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator (Van Hoecke Gijs - De Ketele Kenny) - 226pts
    3 Team VDK (Hester Marc - Norman Hansen Lasse) - 154pts
    4 Team Mega Doe-Het-Zelf - John Saey (Dillier Silvan - Bartko Robert) - 124pts

    At Three Laps
    5 Team Eurotyre Bandencentrales (Marguet Tristan - Marvulli Franco) - 167pts
    6 Team Callant - Decoranda (Brisse Vivien - Kneisky Morgan) - 102pts
    7 Team ADMB (Stroetinga Wim - Schep Peter) - 84pts

    At Four Laps
    8 Team Caruur (Mertens Tim - De Buyst Jasper) - 130pts

    At Nine Laps
    9 Team Lotto (Lampater Leif - Van der Sande Tosh) - 72pts

    At Thirteen Laps
    10 Team Oudendijk (Hoffman Nolan - Grasmann Christian) - 47pts

    At Fourteen Laps
    11 Team Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen (De Pauw Moreno - Cocquyt Nicky) - 56pts

    At Twenty Laps
    12 Team Geka Kaas (Muller Andres - Stahr Max) - 38pts

    At Twenty-Five Laps
    13 Team AVS (Schets Steve - Breyne Jonathan) - 68pts

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    UIV 2012 Ghent Six Day - Day Two


    21st November 2012: Kenny De Ketele and Gijs Van Hocke maintained their lead of the Ghent Six Day on Day Two as they held a four point advantage over Iljo Keisse and Glenn O'Shea.

    2012 Ghent Six Day


    Team VDK featuring Marc Hester and Lasse Norman Hansen are on the same lap as the leaders but at over forty points behind they could prove dangerous on Day Three as they may be overlooked and gain a lap.

    1 Team Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator (Van Hoecke Gijs - De Ketele Kenny) - 158pts
    2 Team Omega Pharma (O'Shea Glenn - Keisse Iljo) - 154pts
    3 Team VDK (Hester Marc - Norman Hansen Lasse) - 114pts

    At One Lap
    4 Team ADMB (Stroetinga Wim - Schep Peter) - 75pts
    5 Team Mega Doe-Het-Zelf - John Saey (Dillier Silvan - Bartko Robert) - 72pts

    At Two Laps
    6 Team Eurotyre Bandencentrales (Marguet Tristan - Marvulli Franco) - 114pts
    At Three Laps
    7 Team Callant - Decoranda (Brisse Vivien - Kneisky Morgan) - 64pts
    At Four Laps
    8 Team Caruur (Mertens Tim - De Buyst Jasper) - 66pts

    At Five Laps
    9 Team Lotto (Lampater Leif - Van der Sande Tosh) - 60pts

    At Eight Laps
    10 Team Oudendijk (Hoffman Nolan - Grasmann Christian) - 27pts

    At Nine Laps
    11 Team Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen (De Pauw Moreno - Cocquyt Nicky) - 43pts

    At Fourteen Laps
    12 Team Geka Kaas (Muller Andres - Stahr Max) - 21pts

    At Sixteen Laps
    13 Team AVS (Schets Steve - Breyne Jonathan) - 22pts

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    UIV 2012 Ghent Six Day - Day One


    20th November 2012: UCI Road World Champion Philippe Gilbert kicked off the 2012 Ghent Six Day in style as he fired that gun that started one of Track Cyclings greatest events. Day One was all about the rainbow bands of World Champions as Belgian Madison World Champions Gijs Van Hoecke and Kenny De Ketele did battle with Six Day Hero Iljo Keisse and his team-mate Glenn O'Shea of Australia, who is the reigned World Omnium Champion.

    2012 Ghent Six Day


    Van Hoecke and De Ketele finished the night on 78pts to take the overall lead with Keisse and O'Shea second on 72pts. Danish team Marc Hester and Olympic Omnium Champion Lasse Norman Hansen are third on 54pts with Wim Stroetinga and Peter Schep from the Netherlands fourth on 39pts.

    1. Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel)/Kenny De Ketele (Bel) 78pts
    2. Iljo Keisse (Bel)/Glenn O'Shea (Aus) 72
    3. Marc Hester (Den)/Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) 54
    4. Wim Stroetinga (Ned)/Peter Schep (Ned) 39

    At One Lap
    5. Tristan Marguet (Zwi)/Franco Marvulli (Zwi) 66
    6. Silvan Dillier (Zwi)/Robert Bartko (Dui) 39
    7. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel)/Leif Lampater (Dui) 38
    8. Tim Mertens (Bel)/Jasper De Buyst (Bel) 27
    9. Vivien Brisse (Fra)/Morgan Kneisky (Fra) 23

    At Three Laps
    10. Moreno De Pauw (Bel)/Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) 18
    11. Nolan Hoffman (ZAf)/Christian Grassman (Dui) 13

    At Six Laps
    12. Andreas Müller (Dui)/Max Stahr (Dui) 12

    At Seven Laps
    13. Steve Schets (Bel)/Jonathan Breyne (Bel) 17



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