Gallery: Six Day London through the lens of Léon van Bon

It’s showtime.

 

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.

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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.

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For swathes of the sell-out crowd in Stratford there was only one man they wanted to see.

 

Gallery: Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish on track at the Six Day London. 

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Kenny De Ketele (r) and Moreno De Pauw perch inside their cabin – which they have tastefully decorated with wallpaper – in the track centre.

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Drag race: riders tuck in behind their dernies.

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Mechanics keep a record of competitors’ preferred gearing.

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Joachim Eilers soaks the crowd in London…

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…while American showman Nate Koch (as featured in Rouleur issue 66) milks it.

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The technicolour bunch of the women’s endurance events.

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Using every inch of their limbs, Cavendish slings Wiggins up to speed on the banking.

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Waiting in the wings, the derny pilots prepare to take to the boards.

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Kenny De Ketele celebrates his final overall win with teammate De Pauw ahead of the home favourites.

 

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