As the nights draw in and the curtain falls on the 2016 season, the doors open on a winter of racing under the bright lights and beery vapours of the velodrome.
An Olympic track medallist himself, Classics specialist turned professional photographer Léon van Bon spent three nights in the Olympic velodrome in London to capture the best of the Six Day London.
For swathes of the sell-out crowd in Stratford there was only one man they wanted to see.
Kenny De Ketele (r) and Moreno De Pauw perch inside their cabin – which they have tastefully decorated with wallpaper – in the track centre.
Drag race: riders tuck in behind their dernies.
Mechanics keep a record of competitors’ preferred gearing.
Joachim Eilers soaks the crowd in London…
…while American showman Nate Koch (as featured in Rouleur issue 66) milks it.
The technicolour bunch of the women’s endurance events.
Using every inch of their limbs, Cavendish slings Wiggins up to speed on the banking.
Waiting in the wings, the derny pilots prepare to take to the boards.
Kenny De Ketele celebrates his final overall win with teammate De Pauw ahead of the home favourites.
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