Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Copenhagen Six Day 2019 – Nights One, Two and Three

Our summary of the first three nights, working at the Ballerup track.

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The cannon fires, the smoke clears, then the drums, those damn drums! But it’s OK, it’s just the intro to Paul Delicato’s 1976 Euro Disco smash, ‘Cara Mia.’ Yes, we’re at the final Six Day of the season; the Copenhagen Six Day 2019.

Copenhagen Six Day 2019
They’re off! Photo©Ed Hood

Home rider Jesper Mørkøv paired with Germany’s Christian Grasmann have the honour of taking the first lap of the race.

Copenhagen Six Day 2019
Christian Grasmann gets slung in by Jesper Mørkøv. Photo©Ed Hood

The music is always good in Copenhagen as the 75 minute chase unfolds before us the Pussycat Dolls and Alice Merton provide a great soundtrack.

Up in the stand there’s a little group of guys drinking beer and eating popcorn – as the chase speeds up so does their popcorn consumption.

What it’s all about – having fun at the Six Day.

Copenhagen Six Day 2019
The ‘swannies’ with the drinks. Photo©Ed Hood

In a world of 20 and 30 minute Six Day Madisons, 75 minutes is a long way and it doesn’t take long for the pressure to tell with riders all over the track; multiple Norwegian track champion Anders Oddli is paired with experienced Dane Sebastian Lander drops six laps but it could be worse, the Polish/German duo of Adrian Teklinski & Lucas Liss haemorrhage 11 omgange (laps) to eventual winners, Dutchmen Yoeri Havik & Wim Stroetinga.

Copenhagen Six Day 2019
Achim Burkart (GER) & Matias Malmberg (DEN). Photo©Ed Hood
Copenhagen Six Day 2019
Bartosz Rudyk (POL). Photo©Ed Hood

Our cabin comes out of the mayhem in OK shape, Achim Burkart, our German Derny specialist, paired with rapid home youngster Matias Malmberg end the night on the zero lap in third spot.

Copenhagen Six Day 2019
Hans Pirius (GER). Photo©Ed Hood

Our two big Poles, Bartosz Rudyk & Szymon Krawczyk only drop three laps whilst our German cabin comedian, Hans Pirius paired with compatriot Morita Augenstein lose six – could be a lot worse.

Guys to haul in and change, drinks to provide, trips to the big cabin so I miss the ladies scratch and most of the sprint series during which Hans picks up a lovely Milwaukee cordless drill as a present from his sponsor – nice.

But another trip to the cabin to stash it.

Copenhagen Six Day 2019
Adrian Teklinski (POL) warms up. Photo©Ed Hood

The Longest Lap – I’ll explain tomorrow – goes to Adrian Teklinski, looking much better over one lap than he did in the chase.

Johny Wakelin and ‘In Zaire’ can only mean one thing – Dernys.

We win!

Copenhagen Six Day 2019
Flowers for the cabin. Photo©Ed Hood

I trot round with the hat, towel and drink – nice one, good for cabin morale when you get a win.

Show time, it kinda washed over me which means it must have been OK?

Copenhagen Six Day 2019
Ladies’ Derny. Photo©Ed Hood

Flying Lap time and some seriously good tunes – Steppenwolf, ‘Born to be wild’ and the Clash, ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’ 

Copenhagen Six Day 2019
Oliver Wulff Frederiksen follows Michael Mørkøv. Photo©Ed Hood

‘Mister Pair Number Seven,’ Michael Mørkøv and young but talented Dane ‘on the way up’ Oliver Wulff Fredriksen [hereafter referred to as ‘Oli’] post best time of the night – to the delight of the crowd.

Copenhagen Six Day 2019
Photo©Ed Hood

The ladies’ Elimination falls to an English lass – sorry, no name, it gets busy with four guys to look after, sometimes…

Copenhagen Six Day 2019
Push off start for the Derny. Photo©Ed Hood
Copenhagen Six Day 2019
Michael Mørkøv in the Derny. Photo©Ed Hood

Michael also grabs the second Derny.