Six Day Cycling London – October 2017

For the last 3 years I’ve been covering the annual Six Day track cycling event in London. It makes a nice change from the other types of commercial work I typically undertake during the rest of the year. The client is the event organiser, Six Day, itself. They need the images for their marketing and promotional activities throughout the year, and they use the images via their social media during and after the event.

The event originates from a bet made in 1878 by David Stanton that he could ride 1,000 miles in six successive days, riding 18 hours a day. A Mr. Davis put up £100 and the stake was held by the Sporting Life newspaper. Stanton started at 6am on 25 February and won the bet in 73 hours, riding on a high-wheeled machine at an average speed of 13.5 mph. From Britain six-day cycling spread to Europe, and was brought to its modern format in the USA. Now it is a team event, with the winner being the one who completes the most laps.

Six Day London is held at The Velodrome (built for the 2012 London Olympics). The distinctive wooden exterior is made from Siberian Pine. Its great to see one of the Olympic venues being used and creating some legacy, it is also open to the public throughout the week.

Solo cyclist, Six Day London, The Velodrome, October 2017 Nikon D4 with Nikon 14-24mm Lens at 24mm. Exposure: 1/30th at f/5.6 and ISO 800

Solo cyclist, Six Day London, The Velodrome, October 2017
Nikon D4 with Nikon 14-24mm Lens at 24mm. Exposure: 1/30th at f/5.6 and ISO 800

Evening light on exterior of The Velodrome, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London, UK

Evening light on exterior of The Velodrome, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London, UK

Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017

Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017

Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017

Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017

Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017

Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017

Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017

Cyclist leaving the track, Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017 Nikon D4 with Nikon 70-200mm Lens at 185mm. Exposure: 1/400th at f/2.8 and ISO 4000

Cyclist leaving the track, Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017
Nikon D4 with Nikon 70-200mm Lens at 185mm. Exposure: 1/400th at f/2.8 and ISO 4000

Trio of female riders, Six Day London, The Velodrome, October 2017 Nikon D4 with Nikon 70-200mm Lens at 200mm. Exposure: 1/400th at f/2.8 and ISO 5000

Trio of female riders, Six Day London, The Velodrome, October 2017
Nikon D4 with Nikon 70-200mm Lens at 200mm. Exposure: 1/400th at f/2.8 and ISO 5000

The Starting Gun, Six Day London, The Velodrome, October 2017 Nikon D4 with Nikon 70-200mm Lens at 140mm. Exposure: 1/320th at f/2.8 and ISO 4000

The Starting Gun, Six Day London, The Velodrome, October 2017
Nikon D4 with Nikon 70-200mm Lens at 140mm. Exposure: 1/320th at f/2.8 and ISO 4000

Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017

Nate Koch celebrates his win by tearing open his shirt, Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017 Nikon D4 with Nikon 70-200mm Lens at 78mm. Exposure: 1/500th at f/5.6 and ISO 4000

Nate Koch wins his race, Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017
Nate Koch celebrates his win by tearing open his shirt, Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017
Nikon D4 with Nikon 70-200mm Lens at 78mm. Exposure: 1/500th at f/5.6 and ISO 4000

Nate Koch waits on the starting line, Six Day London, The Velodrome, October 2017 Nikon D4 with Nikon 70-200mm Lens at 200mm. Exposure: 1/500th at f/2.8 and ISO 5000

Nate Koch waits on the starting line, Six Day London, The Velodrome, October 2017
Nikon D4 with Nikon 70-200mm Lens at 200mm. Exposure: 1/500th at f/2.8 and ISO 5000

Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017

Detail of gloves on handlebars, Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017 Nikon D4 with Nikon 70-200mm Lens at 190mm. Exposure: 1/125th at f/2.8 and ISO 1250

Detail of gloves on handlebars, Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017
Nikon D4 with Nikon 70-200mm Lens at 190mm. Exposure: 1/125th at f/2.8 and ISO 1250

Vincent Myers trackside at Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017 Nikon D4 with Nikon 70-200mm Lens at 165mm. Exposure: 1/125th  at f/2.8 and ISO 800

Vincent Myers trackside at Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017
Nikon D4 with Nikon 70-200mm Lens at 165mm. Exposure: 1/125th at f/2.8 and ISO 800

Solo cyclist, Six Day London, The Velodrome, October 2017 Nikon D4 with Nikon 70-200mm Lens at 105mm. Exposure: 1/10th at f/8 and ISO 400

Solo cyclist, Six Day London, The Velodrome, October 2017
Nikon D4 with Nikon 70-200mm Lens at 105mm. Exposure: 1/10th at f/8 and ISO 400

Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017

Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London. October 2017

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