Tidball off to Belgium for Ghent Six Day meeting

PUBLISHED: 10:50 18 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:50 18 November 2017

Will Tidball and fellow GB cycle team member Ethan Vernon on the track in Belgium

Will Tidball and fellow GB cycle team member Ethan Vernon on the track in Belgium

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Exmouth cycling star Will Tidball is currently in action in Belgium.

Will Tidball in action in BelgiumWill Tidball in action in Belgium

The teenager is gaining valuable track experience at the Ghent Six Day, an annual track cycling event held in the Belgian town of Ghent and this year the event runs from November 14 to 19.

Six Day races consist of a series of track events contested by pairs of riders, which can leave the casual observer bemused as to what is going on and who is winning!

In its original format the event did just as it said – engage cyclists racing continually for six days. Six Day racing began in the late 19th century in New York with teams of two racing, round the clock, for six days and six nights with one member of the team racing on the track at any one time, the other resting. It remained that way until the 1960s when breaks were taken to end the all-day-racing format.

The Ghent Six Day runs for five evenings from Tuesday to Saturday, and a Sunday afternoon. The racing finishes at either 1am or 2am (6pm for Sunday’s afternoon session).

With Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins not taking part, there are no defending champions at the Ghent Six Day.

The sole British pairing in the men’s races will be Mark Stewart and Ollie Wood.

In terms of the Will Tidball involvement, younger riders are also given a unique chance to experience the atmosphere of the race and they take to the track between the elite races. Alongside Will, making up the five junior British riders are Ethan Vernon, follow.

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