StrokeSurvivor’s Saturday Flashback

No, it doesn’t quite have the same effect when you lose some of the alliteration, but I suppose it will get by.

But I wanted to post a special flashback today. Not of a post, rather something I used to enjoy. In late November each year, I used to trundle over to Belgium to watch the Six Days track cycling event in Gent (the local Flemish, or Ghent, if you prefer the French name) . That’s Zesdaagse, if you’re in the know! (I know at least one reader will be following me here. Just don’t ask me to say it 🙂).

There used to be tracks all over Europe, and these events were common. Even beyond Europe, there used to be tracks in both Melbourne and Sydney, and there is a cycling event called the Madison, a special form of race, and guess where that was invented? You got it, Madison Square Garden!

I used to love track cycling. It was once very popular up to the middle of last century, but gradually fell out of favour, although a few tracks still survive today. Some new tracks have even sprung up, mainly due to the sport’s exposure in events like the Olympics. Gent is one of the old tracks, and has been staging the 6-day event since 1922. So please enjoy the carnival atmosphere at the Lotto Zesdaagse Vlaanderen in Gent, on this day five years ago.

Author: Stroke Survivor UK

Formerly, designed and developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged pre-50! I have returned to developing from home, but some of my time is also spent volunteering with the UK charities Age UK (www.ageuk.org.uk) and the [UK] Stroke Association (www.stroke.org.uk).

10 thoughts on “StrokeSurvivor’s Saturday Flashback”

        1. I took the video from my phone, whilst standing in the middle of the track and the riders cycling around me. There are many of us there, and probably around 10,000 in the arena in total. The riders take around 25s to ride a lap, and the video is just over 50s, so you might be able to pick up a rhythm. The soundtrack is all theirs, just being recorded from the microphone on my phone.

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    1. Iljo Keisse is a Belgian rider, I think from Gent itself. He’s won the event several times, I think. The year of the video he partnered Cavendish. I think they both rode for a Belgian pro team, which I think was Lotto. Cavendish was well-known in the UK but not really any more. Doesn’t he still ride for someone? (ask Pierre)

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