Rising Dundee cycling star Mark Stewart believes Six Day London is unlike anything else in the sport as he relishes the prospect of going for glory again later this year.
Six Day racing sees world class racers perform in top venues, all to the soundtrack of music from top international DJs and light shows to create an unprecedented atmosphere.
The event was created in 1878 in Islington, London, but it only returned to the UK for the first time in 35 years in October as some of the planet’s fastest riders took to the Velodrome on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Stewart marked Six Day’s return to London in style as he won the opening night’s overall prize, the 1878 Cup, and on the second night began his blossoming partnership with fellow Brit Germain Burton.
In the end the pair finished 10th in the general classification after six nights of racing and 20-year-old Stewart is confident they will be challenging for glory if they get the chance to compete when the event returns later this year.
“Six Day London went well for me considering it was my first Six Day and my first time riding madison with my partner Germain Burton,” said Stewart.
“Since then we have ridden a lot and we have improved a lot since then technically in madison so I almost felt I was thrown into the deep end with Six Day.
“But it was awesome and it went well. We won a race and I won the 1878 Cup so I was pleased with how the event went.
“I plan to be at London Six Day in 2016. I’m not sure what the race cards are like at that time of year but I hope to be there.
“I will be going there to win if I do go. You have to ride to win it. We were fourth in Berlin and physically we are improving every month so if we rode there then we are going for the win.”
* Six Day London takes place between October 25 to 30 at Lee Valley VeloPark on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Tickets are on sale now at www.sixday.com