October 23, 2005 – With the wind and rain coming down hard all day it could not dampen the spirits for the 300 spectators who cheered the riders through the second day of the London 6-Day at the Forest City Velodrome.
How the race unfolded:
The 138m Forest City Velodrome was rockin’ on Saturday night. The five teams that are contesting the first 6-Day race in Ontario in 35 years were full value for the effort on the night.
The first of three 30 minute Madisons was very fast with little easing of the pace until the first series of sprints. In the sprints one rider from each team takes part in a separate sprint for points to determine the evening’s winners. Team Orange representing Delhi, with riders Vince DeJong & Eric Robertson, out sprinted all of the other teams to go into the early lead. By the end of the first Madison DeJong and Robertson had a 4 point lead on the Yellow Team of John Craig Jr. and Jean Bertrand, representing the host city of London. All of the other teams were within striking distance.
During the intermission the race organizers had a surprise birthday celebration for 87 year old Albert Coulier who helped build the Velodrome.
The London Track League put on a number of races at the break to entertain the enthusiastic crowd.
In the second Madison, the young guns of Team Orange were at it again. At the six minute mark Robertson attacked hard opening a gap on the other teams in the race, only the Red Team of Adam Thuss and Rob Good were able to close the gap very quickly. The other teams could not come back to the two leaders and within 15 laps the Orange and Red Teams had put the other teams down a lap. The final sprint for double points at the end of the second Madison had the Blue Team of Taylor Martin and Kurt Schreiter jump with four laps and held onto the lead to capture the maximum points for that round of racing. Points at the end of the second Madison had Team Orange one point ahead of the Red Team.
The race was still up for grabs heading into the final Madison of the evening. The Green Team of Dave “no hands” St James and Keith Thorarison came out fighting setting the pace for much of the 30 minute go. During the sprints the Green Team managed a very impressive sprint to win one of the sprints, with Team Yellow surprising the other teams by attacking early and holding off the hard charging pack. Coming into the final sprint for double points it was Taylor Martin powering to a photo finish with the Red Team who, with the second place finish, took over the lead on points for the evening.
At the end of the night all the riders were very happy with the way they raced on the night, everyone is looking forward to getting back on the boards on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.
First 30 Minute Session 1st Sprint 2nd Sprint Final Sprint Total Points
1. Team Delhi 7 2 14 23
2. Team London 3 4 10 17
3. Team Waterloo 5 5 6 16
4. Team Hamilton 4 3 8 15
5. Team Vancouver 2 7 4 13
Second 30 Minute Session Miss & Out Final Sprint Accum Points
1. Team Delhi 5 6 34
2. Team Waterloo 7 10 33
3. Team Hamilton 3 14 32
4. Team London 2 4 23
5. Team Vancouver 5 8 26
Third 30 Minute Session 1st Sprint 2nd Sprint Final Sprint Total Points
1. Team Waterloo 5 5 10 53
2. Team Delhi 4 3 4 45
3. Team Hamilton 2 4 14 52
4. Team London 7 2 8 40
5. Team Vancouver 3 7 6 42
Final Results For Night # 2 Points
1. Team Waterloo Rob Good/Adam Thuss 53
2. Team Delhi Vince Dejong/Eric Robertson 45
3. Team Hamilton Taylor Martin/Kurt Schreiter 52
4. Team London John Craig/Jean Bertrand 40
5. Team Vancouver Keith Thorarison/Dave St James 42
Point Standings After 2nd Night
For Overall Six-Day Winning Team
1. Team Waterloo Rob Good/Adam Thuss 20
2. Team Delhi Vince Dejong/Eric Robertson 18
3. Team London John Craig/Jean Bertrand 14
4. Team Hamilton Taylor Martin/Kurt Schreiter 14
5. Team Vancouver Keith Thorarison/Dave St James 14