London is the birthplace of the Six Day Series, so it’s a pretty big deal when it comes back each year. Over the six days cyclists from all over the world come to compete on a track in various races, the most quintessential being the ‘Madison’. During this cyclists ride in teams of two, relay style, to see who can rack up the most laps and take the title.
The first six-day race took place in 1878 in Islington in a hall that once stood where the current Business Design Centre is. Nowadays it’s held in the purpose-built Lee Valley VeloPark in the Olympic Park and there are DJs and light shows to help create a lively, party atmosphere.