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1973 - New Faces At The Top

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Leo Duyndam and Gerben Karstens win at Wembley

Held from 20 to 25-Sep-1973

“SOMETHING DIFFERENT, the goal of every promotion, is uppermost in my mind when planning the SKOL 6 each year.
To maintain the very high standard of the racing and keep the SKOL 6 at the forefront of the world's sporting events, it is necessary for us to continually seek new stars among the elite of Europe's professional cyclists. In the past, here at Wembley, we have had the opportunity to witness the greatness of Post, Lykke, Altig and we hope that for many years to come we will continue to enjoy the amazing talents of Patrick Sercu.
This year, we bring for the first time, Italy's Gianni Motta. For many years an idol in his own country, he is a road racing cyclist with an exceptional record in continental events, a past winner of the Giro d'Italia and 3rd in the Tour de France, his exploits in these and other great road classics are legend. Not that he will be out of his depth here on our small 16o metres track, for Motta is also an accomplished Sixday rider with several wins to his credit, including Montreal in 1971, partnered by our own Tony Gowland.
Our policy of bringing only the best available talent to Wembley seems to have paid dividends with our own riders, they have measured the heights to be attained and made gigantic strides.
In Tony Gowland we have a rider who rises to the occasion on this his home track. His win last year with Patrick Sercu proves the point, that given the incentive our own riders have the ability to succeed.
The next logical step would have been the formation of a British team to fight the continentals at their own game. Hugh Porter, one of the world's most consistent professional cyclists, was all set to team with Tony Gowland to wear the Union Jack jerseys of team No. 3 fresh from his success at San Sebastian, where he won his fourth world pursuit title. Unfortunately, just three weeks ago Hugh was involved in an accident and suffered a fracture of the pelvis. Let us hope his rapid recovery will see the team of Gowland and Porter in action on the continent later this winter.
Once again our old friend and former star Peter Post, will be directing the racing from the track centre. Peter has shown us that he has a great talent for this work, not only here at Wembley, but also at the Ahoy Stadium in Rotterdam.
We have sprinters, pursuiters and stayers on the bill, with racing for every taste. We have extroverts who are the extreme of professionalism and we have those who are dedicated amateurs at heart. Whichever session you visit, I feel sure the racing will provide a memorable occasion, an evening's entertainment that makes the SKOL 6 SOMETHING DIFFERENT.”
 Ron Webb, Skol 6 Organiser

 

 

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1. Leo DUYNDAM

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Gerben KARSTENS

 

389

2. Gianni MOTTA

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Patrick SERCU

 

317

3. Jacky MOURIOUX

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Alain van LANCKER

at 2 laps

575

4. Graeme GILMORE

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Tony GOWLAND

at 3 laps

466

5. Ferdi BRACKE

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Julien STEVENS

at 4 laps

404

6. Louis PFENNINGER

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Erich SPAHN

at 5 laps

494

7. Klass BALK

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Cees STAM

at 10 laps

455

8. Romain de LOOF

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Reg SMITH

at 18 laps

144

9. Axel KRAUSE

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Piet de WIT

at 23 laps

324

10. Reg BARNETT

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Trevor BULL

at 70 laps

471

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Retirements were - Nigel DEAN, Dieter KEMPER

 

International Cycle Sport had a race report in the October edition. A transcription is available here... and we have the Teams from the official programme.

Any copies of other material would also be very helpful.

1923-1980 British Riders and Race Programmes

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