Posted by Editoress on 10/31/17
Prior to the start of the UCI Track World Cup season, two of Canada's Olympic bronze medalists participated in the women's competition at the London Six Day, held at the 2012 Olympic velodrome in Great Britain. The women raced for the final three of the six days of competition, with Allison Beveridge finishing fifth overall and Jasmin Duehring seventh.
The competition consisted of three or four mass start races each day, with riders competing in Scratch, Elimination, Tempo, Points and Madison events, accumulating points for their results in each event.
"We had a few ups and downs through the three days," admitted Beveridge, "but that's the great thing about the London Six Day, with three or four races a night you get to go out and try a few different things. We [the women] only got to do three days, but it would be interesting to do all six days; it would be hard, but it would be fun to do all six."
"Six Days are pretty fun; the atmosphere is more relaxed than the World Cups. The crowd there for a party; the lights are low and the music is loud. There's a lower stress level [than the World Cups] and a more relaxed environment."
"We both used it as a learning opportunity, since we haven't been in a bunch race situation in a long time. The more we get out there and do group racing, the more comfortable and tactically savvy we will become."
On Friday, October 27th, Duehring won a Scratch Race, while Beveridge finished second in an Elimination Race. Neither Canadian was on the podium for the second night, but had a strong finish on Sunday, the final day, with Duehring winning another Scratch Race, and the duo combining to finish fourth in the Madison, an event that will be added to the 2020 Olympic program.
British riders swept the top four spots in the final overall standings, with Katie Archibald winning the overall title with 310 points. Beveridge finished with 202 points and Duehring had 190.
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