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1952 - First Victory for Australia

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Alf STROM publicity photo

This time the race ran from 18-May to 24-May 1952

EARLY LEAD TO STROM AND ARNOLD
LONDON (A.A.P.)
The Australian riders, Alf Strom and Roger Arnold who last year were second in the British six-day bicycle race, are competing again in this year's race which began a minute after midnight on Sunday at Wembley, London. They are among the 24 competitors who include Sid Patterson (Australia), former world amateur sprint pursuit champion now teamed with the German, Ludwig Hoerman. After two hours, with 53 miles covered, Strom and Arnold were leading. They were one lap ahead of the field.” Examiner (Launceston, Tas) 20-May-1952

Australian Riders Do Well Abroad
LONDON (A.A.P.)
D. Ricketts (Britain) partnered by L. Gillen (Luxembourg). were leading the Australian cyclists, Reg Arnold and Alf Strom, by one lap when the six-day international cycle race at Wembley was "neutralised" early yesterday. The riders then had covered 329 miles in 26 hours. Strom and Arnold had scored 133 sprint points against Ricketts and Gillen's 60, but these points are only of value in the event of two teams tying at any point in the race.”  Examiner (Launceston, Tas) 21-May-1952

MOCKRIDGE HAS FIRST-UP RECORD WIN AT WEMBLEY
LONDON (A.A.P.)
Russell Mockridge, Australian track champion cyclist, defeated D. Hunnisett, London, by more than 12 lengths in the half mile amateur sprint at Wembley on Tuesday night. Mockridge recorded the fastest time put up by any of the eight riders in four heats - 10.5s. for the last lap of 176 yards.
The semi-finals and final of this special event, which is being held in conjunction with the international six-day professional race, will be run later in the week. It was Mockridge's first appearance on the steeply banked indoor Wembley track which measures 10 laps to a mile and has a straight with a 35 degree angle and bends 45 degrees. Mockridge had time to complete only two training laps before racing in the heat against Hunnisett. "I found it rather fearsome. I should have liked more time with which to be come accustomed to it," he said.
Australians Now Third
The Italian pair, S. Rigoni and F. Terruzzi, held a one lap lead early in the third day when the six-day international cycling race at Wembley "neutralised" yesterday morning. The Italians then had covered 513 miles. In second place were J. Roth and A von Buren, of Switzerland, and in third place were the Australians, Reg Arnold and Alf Strom. Both of these pairs were only one lap behind the leaders, but the Swiss team held second place because it scored 284 sprint points to the Australians' 250.” Examiner (Launceston, Tas) 22-May-1952

Strom, Arnold In Second Place
LONDON, Thurs. (A.A.P.)
Swiss cyclists J. Roth and A. von Buren were leading Alf Strom and Reg Arnold (Australia) shortly after the half-way stage was reached in the international six-day cycling race at Wembley this morning, when the race was neutralised.
Both pairs covered 705 miles in 74 hours and the Swiss team hold first place because they have scored 407 sprint points against the Australians' 326.” Mercury (Hobart, Tas) 23-May-1952

"Patto" now in lead
London,Friday
Australia's Sid. Patterson and his German partner, L. Hoermann, shot to the front early today as the six-day International cycling race at Wembley entered its fifth day. They had moved up from 10th place in the last 24 hours. Patterson and Hoermann covered 896 miles and gained 238-sprint points. Holland's C. Bakker and H. Lakeman have ridden the same distance, but have scored only 117 points. Australia's Alf Strom and Reg Arnold, who were lying second yesterday, dropped back in the field after Strom was involved in a minor crash.” Argus (Melbourne, Vic) 24-May-1952

Australian 6-Day Success
LONDON (A.A.P.)
Australians Alf Strom and Reg Arnold won the six-day cycling race at Wembley by a lap from the Italians, Rigoni and Terruzzi. Strom and Arnold won after three hours hard riding, during which they took honours in nine laps. They were second at Wembley last year. Sid Patterson and his German partner, L. Hoermann, finished seventh, seven laps behind the winners” Examiner (Launceston, Tas) 26-May-1952

 

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Points

1. Reginald ARNOLD

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Alfred STROM

 

925

2. Severino RIGONI

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Ferdinand TERRUZZI

at 1 lap

1184

3. Jean ROTH

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Armin von BUREN

 

1154

4. Oscar PLATTNER

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Walter ZEHNDER

at 2 laps

859

5. Cor BAKKER

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Henk LAKEMAN

 

306

6. Len JACKSON

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Georges SENFFTLEBEN

at 6 laps

555

7. Ludwig HOERMANN

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Sid PATTERSON

at 7 laps

478

8. Lucien GILLEN

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Dave RICKETTS

 

315

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1952 Ad. - G Nannucci importers of Legnano, Olmo and Nisi highlight the 2nd place by Rigoni and Terruzzi at Wembley.

Retirements were - Rene ADRIAENSSENS, Albert BRUYLANDT, Primo BERGOMI, Marcel BARETH, Roger GODEAU, Pierre IACOPONELLI, Alvaro GIORGETTI, Raymond GROUSSOT

 

London6-Day1952-2This time there is some original material to use. The 1952 programme provides the full start list and background. It is online at www.6DayRacing.ca and a paper copy has just been traced.

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