“SIX-DAYS' RACE. Marred by Many Falls. COMPLAINTS ABOUT TRACK.
LONDON, Sept 22.
At 4 a.m. to-day the Germans, Kilian and Vopel were leading in the six days' cycling race at WembIey, promoted by Mr. Hugh D. McIntosh, formerly of Sydney. Nine laps behind were the Western Australian brothers, Eddie and Harold Smith. A number of the riders have been injured.
The Dutch brothers van Kempen, have so far won most or the sprints. Killian and Vopel were three laps ahead of their nearest rivals when 362 mlles had been covered.
Harold Smith fell after colliding with the Canadian Douglas Peden, but was only slightly shaken. The "Daily Herald" condemns the smallness of the track, and urges the National Cyclists' Union to intervene, owing to the unprecedented series of crashes and the possibility of the race degenerating to the level of "unedifying American dance marathons." Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) 23-Sep-1936
“SIX-DAYS' RACE. Australian Wins a Sprint.
LONDON, Sept. 22
In the six days' cycling race at Wembley, promoted by Mr. Hugh D. Mcintosh, formerly of Sydney, the Germans, Kilian and Vopel, were still leading at 11 p.m., with the Western Australian brothers, Eddie and Harold Smith, in ninth place. At midnight the Smiths were nine laps behind the Germans, who were still leading.
Sprint winners for prizes aggregating £150 included Eddie Smith. Malmesi (Italy) won Sir Malcolm Campbell's £50 prize for the fastest mile during the evening, his time being 2m 9s. Pecqueux (France) later did a mile in 2m 2s.
There were three falls in the afternoon's biggest sprint, the victims including Eddie Smith, but he soon recovered.” Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) 24-Sep-1936
“SIX-DAYS' RACE. Won by German Pair.
LONDON, Sept. 27.
Tho German team, Kilian and Vopel, won the six days' cycling race at the Wembley Stadium. The Belgians, J. Aerts and M. Buysse, were second, and the Frenchmen, Diot and Ignat, third.
Kilian and Vopel won by a lap of the track. There was the same distance between second and third. Then came teams from America, Denmark, Belgium, Holland, and the Germans, Merkens and Hurtgen.
The total mileage covered during the race was 1939. A total of 65,000 people paid admission. On the last night 12,000 were admitted, though prices were doubled, and many offered any price to get in.
The referee, owing to the hopelessness of their position, withdrew the Spaniards, Demetrio and Prior (19 laps behind), the Frenchmen, Pecqueux and Torinelier (19 laps), and the Western Australians (Eddie and Harold Smith) (21 laps). The last hour of sprints produced fine racing.
The promoters of the race, Messrs. Hugh Mcintosh and Arthur Shepherd, both formerly of New South Wales, were satisfied with the results, and intend arranging further contests.” Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) 28-Sep-1936
“SIX-DAY MARATHON. Germans the Winners. Australians Withdrawn
LONDON, September 27.
The six-day cycling marathon at Wembley Stadium resulted;
Kilian and Vopel (Germany).. .. 1
Aerts and Buyse (Belgium).. .. 2 [Buysse - Ed]
Diot and Ignat (France).. .. 3
Won by a lap, the same distance separating second and third. Mileage, 1,939.
America was fourth. Then came Denmark, Belgium, Holland, and the Germans, Merkins [Merkens} and Hurtgen, who were each fined £2 for wearing the wrong colours and jerseys. Canada was last.
Owing to the hopelessness of their positions, the referee, early in the evening, withdrew the Spaniards, Demetrio and Prior, who were 19 laps behind; also the Frenchmen, Pecsues [Pecqueux] and Tonnelier, who were also 19 laps behind; and the Australians, Eddie and Harold Smith, who were 21 laps behind. [these lines were printed out of sync - Ed]
Sixteen thousand five hundred [16,500 or 65,000? - Ed] persons paid for admission. Five thousand were turned away last night, 12,000 being admitted though the prices were doubled. Many offered any price to get In.
Scenes of delirious excitement were witnessed. The last hour's sprints produced marvellous racing, the spectators shouting themselves hoarse.
Mr. Jack O'Brien and his wife, who are on their honeymoon, gave the prize for the sprint, which Kilian and Vopel won. The winners were garlanded with flowers. Slr Malcolm Campbell presented the prizes. The Canadians, Torchy and Peden, received a consolation gift of £100. [should read The Canadian, Torchy Peden, received.. Ed]
The promoters, Mr. Hugh McIntosh and Mr. Arthur Shepherd, are fully satisfied, and intend arranging further contests. This is Kilian and Vopel's ninth successive win of a six-day cycle race.” Mercury (Hobart, Tas) 28-Sep-1936