It’s all the time chilly in Bremen, the Baltic is simply up the street so that you get chilly or chilly and moist; in the present day it’s the latter however the cabin has a window so we will a minimum of see the sky – not like the standard breeze block with no home windows.
The in a single day drive up was as horrible as regular, we parked up at a truck cease, slept then had breakfast in a motorway providers – a lot nicer than those we’ve within the UK, I need to say.
The monitor right here in Bremen is the tightest on the circuit, a short lived 160 metre job to suit the corridor.
The bankings are stated to be 49 levels, it’s the identical size as Gent however squashed so the turns are tighter and the straights longer.
The boards are at proper angle to the course of driving identical to in these previous footage we see of tracks in Australia and the USA ‘back in the day.’
They make a hell of a noise and add to the impression of velocity whenever you stand trackside.
Iljo Keisse. Photograph©Ed HoodJasper de Buyst. Photograph©Ed Hood
There have been a couple of modifications to the sector; Belgians Iljo Keisse nonetheless rides with Jasper de Buyst and are the purple-scorching favourites now that their compatriot, Kenny de Ketele is out after his Rotterdam crash.
Theo Reinhardt and Marc Hester. Photograph©Ed Hood
Kenny was to experience with German World Madison Champion Theo Reinhardt [which he gained with Roger Kluge, who’s ‘Down Under’ taking good care of Caleb. ed.] who now pairs with late addition, Dane, Marc Hester who’s simply off a robust journey in Rotterdam.
Our rider, residence boy Achim Burkart is disillusioned that the person he’s alleged to experience with, Dutchman Yoeri Havik made a final minute choice to journey the World Cup in Cambridge, New Zealand.
Achim and Yoeri rode strongly final yr to complete second behind winners Reinhardt/de Ketele and Achim was wanting ahead to renewing the partnership.
Andreas Graf with Achim Burkart. Photograph©Ed Hood
However the organisation have paired him with former European Madison Champion, Austria’s Andreas Graf, who’s not a nasty rider in any respect.
And that’s perhaps your prime three proper there until the pairing of Germany’s Christian Grasmann and Dane Jesper Mørkøv can squeeze Achim of the rostrum.
Simone Consonni and Tristan Marguet. Photograph©Ed Hood
And including slightly World Tour glamour to proceedings is Italy and UAE rider, Simone Consonni who rides with speedy Swiss, Tristan Marguet.
However I’m responsible of the identical sin as occurred on the pre-race presentation, final night time – an excessive amount of small speak, sorry.
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A Satan to start out and one of many two younger Danes within the race outsprints ‘King’ Iljo for the win; like Achim says to them; ‘it’s going to be a tough chase for you guys tonight!’
Seven laps, that’s plenty of laps to lose within the first Madison nevertheless it provides some indication of how fierce a primary chase this was with the groups on the backside of the rating going seven down – not a lot dropping laps as being unable to take them.
Mørkøv crashed early however with simply his satisfaction broken and Iljo modified bikes – a slipping saddle?
Iljo takes management of the spanner himself. Photograph©Ed Hood
We’d see Iljo within the pits later grappling together with his seat adjustment.
Hester/Reinhardt ran out winners and then it was ‘entertainment time’ with Howard Carpendale the person doing the singing, no snide remarks from me – I need to hold these credentials till the top – however it might be good if I might work out why one among his backing singers seemed to be utilizing his underpants as headgear?
Sprinter heats, with two GB boys in there, Ali Fielding and Paisley man, Jonathan Mitchell – no wins although.
Derny one, I push off Aussie Joshua Harrison, he feels so mild after every week of pushing off man mountain Thomas Babek at Rotterdam; ex-European Derny Champion Mørkøv took the flowers.
Christian Grasmann and Jesper Mørkøv. Photograph©Ed Hood
Extra sprints and Fielding neatly takes the 4th to sixth place journey.
Derny two and I push off our boy Hans – he’s a bit heavier than Josh however not as heavy as Thomas was – sorry, didn’t jot down the winner.
Sprinters, one to 3 experience with ‘bad man’ Spaghetti Western music getting the environment good.
The person with the huge legs, Robert Förstemann takes it.
Tristan Marguet leads Simoni Consommi within the brief flying TT. Photograph©Ed Hood
The 500 metre time trial goes to Marguet/Consommi, the Italian is absolutely happy together with his flowers…
Scotland’s second of glory and flowers follows as Jonathan Mitchell lays approach off within the Keirin, goes lengthy and hangs on – should have been that push I gave him…
Jonathan Mitchell. Photograph©Ed Hood
Last Satan – our boys are all out early so pack up time for Ed – I feel De Pauw gained however don’t quote me.
Achim close to the highest of the board and a Scottish win; mustn’t grumble – and no signal of Howard Carpendale on the Friday programme…
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A busy programme with the standard chases, Dernies, Devils, Factors Races, Time Trials…
A few of Bremen’s Previous Winners. Photograph©Ed Hood
However the hello-lite of the night time was the ‘past winners’ Derny race.
Marco Villa. Photograph©Ed Hood
Within the line-up we had Marco Villa (Italy), winner in 1996 with one of many coolest dudes ever to place a leg over a motorcycle, compatriot Silvio Martinello.
Villa is 49 years-previous now; he gained 24 Six Days in his profession and was twice world Madison champion with aforementioned Martinello.
Karsten Wolf. Photograph©Ed Hood
Karsten Wolf (Germany) gained in 1997 with the late Andreas Kappes.
Wolf is 54 now however nonetheless slim, in contrast to a few of his fellow Bremen winners; he gained 4 Six Days and was twice a world champion, as soon as as a junior Pursuiter and as soon as as a senior Group Pursuiter.
Jimmy Madsen. Photograph©Ed Hood
Jimmy Madsen (Denmark) is 50 years-previous now, he gained in 1998 with compatriot Jens Veggerby; Madsen is now one of many organisers of the Copenhagen Six Day.
Madsen gained 10 Six Days and was a a number of nationwide and European Champion on street and monitor.
Leif Lampater. Photograph©Ed Hood
Leif Lampater (Germany) gained in 2009 with countryman Eric Zabel.
As an incidental, many ascribe the dramatic down flip within the German Six Day scene within the 21st century largely to Zabel’s retirement – he commanded large contract charges however attracted promote-out crowds at each race. [And also perhaps, his tearful EPO confession? ed.]
Lampater gained once more in 2014 with Dutchman Wim Stroetinga.
The German was driving this race as just lately as final yr however at 36 years-of-age referred to as it a day with 9 Six Day wins behind him and drawer filled with nationwide championship and World Cup medals.
Alex Rasmussen. Photograph©Ed Hood
Alex Rasmussen (Denmark) gained in 2015 with Marcel Kalz, of whom, extra in a second.
We by no means noticed the most effective of Alex; world Scratch Race (twice), Madison and Staff Pursuit champion; 37 occasions a nationwide champion, his wins on the street within the Ruta del Sol, GP Herning, Dunkirk 4 Day and Philadephia solely gave us a style of what he might have achieved – and he’s nonetheless solely 34 years-previous.
Marcel Kalz. Photograph©Ed Hood
Massive Marcel Kalz gained in 2015 with Rasmussen but in addition in 2013 with Franco Marvulli and 2017 with Iljo Keisse.
Kalz was extraordinarily quick within the Time Trials, an enormous, robust bear of a person however all through his profession he was troubled with saddle sores – all the time an issue for giant riders on tiny tracks like this.
He gained a complete of six, Six Day races, 9 nationwide and one European title in his profession – and he’s solely 31 years-previous.
I’ve had the great fortune to work with three of these winners in my days as a “garcon de course” – the French all the time have one of the best expressions, that’s ‘runner’ or ‘general dogsbody’ in English – Marco Villa down in Grenoble the place he mentored Alex Rasmussen in his first Six Day.
I labored with speedy Dane Rasmussen many occasions within the Sixes together with his first win, with Michael Mørkøv, in Copenhagen and that memorable night time the pair gained in Ghent.
I labored with Bremen Boy Kalz right here in Bremen and in Zurich, each events the place he rode with Swiss star Franco Marvulli.
Having the race behind the Dernys was a good suggestion – nobody obtained proven up, even when the wee motors weren’t roaring as loudly as traditional.
As anticipated, Lampater ran out winner – all good enjoyable.
On the finish of the night time, within the Six Day, Keisse/De Buyst nonetheless lead.
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Nobody likes Saturday afternoon racing, it disrupts the rhythm of issues, has no bearing on the race and makes it an extended, lengthy day.
First up, the group image, professionals and sprinters.
Photograph©Ed HoodPhotograph©Ed Hood
The afternoon session is ‘for the kids’ and there have been A LOT of them in the home.
Iljo Keisse appears relaxed. Photograph©Ed Hood
A kiddies Saturday afternoon not often produces a demise race Madison – and in addition to, we all know the winners already.
Drama – a leak!
By no means a very good factor on a board monitor however they quickly sorted it out.
Kirsten Wild. Photograph©Ed Hood
If everybody is aware of who’s gonna win the Six, the identical could be stated of the women’ racing if massive Dutch woman Kirsten Wild is on the beginning sheet.
Race report, women’ Scratch Race:
“45 laps, peloton is ‘compatto’ for 39 laps, no attacks, no splits, nothing – could be a training group.”
An assault with six to go, stays away for precisely half-a-lap; this subject doesn’t assault however it does chase down.
Three laps to go when Kirsten begins her ending effort from the entrance, nobody can get close to her.
Hans Pirius with Lucas Liß. Photograph©Ed Hood
And a cheerful ending as Hans wins the Derny.
theo Reinhardt. Photograph©Ed Hood
Night hostilities recommenced with a Satan which Reinhardt took.
Achim Burkart slings Andreas Graf. Photograph©Ed Hood
Achim was nervous earlier than the large chase, he and Graf could make the ultimate podium however have to accumulate extra factors.
Iljo rejoins the motion after a motorcycle change… Photograph©Ed Hood
Frank Sinatra was telling us about New York when Iljo punctured – no stress, a fast bike change on to his ‘b’ stealth fighter and again into the canine battle.
…Whereas Maximilian Beyer takes a wheel change for his puncture troubles. Photograph©Ed Hood
Our boy Max punctured quickly after however opted for a wheel change.
Iljo/Jasper win, no shock – however it was no ‘potato chase’ with groups once more dropping as much as seven laps.
Robert Förstemann rolls a entrance tub… Photograph©provided
The sprinters rise up for the Flying Lap – however quick man Förstemann rolls a tyre within the again straight.
… is badly harm however acutely aware and capable of wave. Photograph©Ed Hood
They open the monitor as much as stretcher him out – he manages a wave for the gang…
Verdict: damaged ribs, clavicle and scapula – ouch!
The women Omnium Factors Race 120 laps is waaay too lengthy, it simply provides Kirsten extra alternative to pummel everybody.
The Glitter Band means it’s Derny time, the little beasts buzz by – isn’t it too early within the new season for droning pests?
Good tune although, ‘The Quo’ with ‘Whatever you Want.’
All the time good to win some flowers for the cabin! Photograph©Ed Hood
Achim takes it on the road, I’ve to try this ‘runner stuff,’ trot spherical together with his hat and towel.
Jonathan Mitchell wins the minor placings dash and we’re straight into Derny # 2 through which Theo Reinhardt laps the entire subject to the all-spherical disapproval of his fellow tempo followers; ‘bull s##‘ – ‘unprofessional‘ – ‘we assumed parking positions‘ have been simply three of the remarks I heard.
Levy takes the Dash remaining occasion.
The gang-pleasing ‘La Ola Sprint’. Photograph©Ed Hood
The one-half-critical La Ola Dash the place the riders lark round as they monitor the fence with a light-weight present in full impact goes to the fast younger Dane Oliver Wulff Frederiksen.
Moreno De Pauw had disappeared so Wim Stroetinga will get an early tub – they ain’t gonna win the time trial then.
Speedy Suisse, Tristan Marguet and his World Tour companion, Simoni Consonni take it.
Present time – a quite engaging woman on vocals sees to it that nobody will get too hung up on the standard of the music.
Would you go ‘full gas’ in a chase at gone 1:00am on a Sunday night time?
Me neither, however there’s a race organiser to maintain joyful and paying public to entertain.
This race ends in main mistake by Ed, the speaker says Grasmann/Mørkøv gained and so does the board however truly, WE gained…
Achim, fairly understandably, isn’t comfortable as a result of I don’t take spherical a towel and his sponsor’s hat.
Sorry, Achim – it gained’t occur on Sunday.