Cycling event’s Stratford return after 35 year UK hiatus

The Lee Valley VeloPark will host the event

The Lee Valley VeloPark will host the event - Credit: Archant

A traditional cycling event will be returning to the UK scene after 35 years away.

Six day racing is seemingly self-explanatory from the name – but October’s event at the Lee Valley VeloPark will actually take place during the evening.

The elite track cycling competition will see top athletes including Sir Chris Hoy and Mark Cavendish take to the track for multiple races every evening.

Teams of two riders will battle across a variety of sprint and endurance events throughout the week.

Sir Chris, an ambassador for the event, said: “Track cycling is one of the most exciting spectator sports in the world.

“I’m looking forward to being closely involved with a new generation of London Six Day races.”

Despite its popularity in mainland Europe, six day racing actually originated in east London, having been invented in Islington in 1878.

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The Lee Valley VeloPark event will take place on October 18-23.

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