As promised in Ed Hood's remembrance of Ron Webb, here are some tributes to one of the most important men in track cycling, from some of the men who were closest to the great Australian.
'Skol 6' Photo Gallery: We all know of Ed Hood's love of the '6 Day,' and everything else cycling, so you can imagine his excitement when he happened across a collection of photos from the 1980 London Skol 6 by Bill Kund. Bill has kindly given us permission to reproduce some of his brilliant track shots along with how it all came about.
Interview: The '6 Days' are not what they used to be. At one time the current road stars, Classic and Grand Tour winners, would pair up with a 6 day specialist and pull in the fans. One of those 'specialists' was Australian fast-man Graeme Gilmore, Ed Hood caught up with him to hear all about those halcyon days.
Sometimes it's disappointing when you get to hook up with your boyhood heroes - but there are other times when you realise they were even cooler than you thought. Don Allan is such a man, I had the good fortune to conduct two interviews with him, one about his career as a six day man and one about his road career. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
If you know your six day stats then you'll be aware that the Australian pairing of Danny Clark and Don Allan is the ninth most successful ever, based on wins, with 15; but fifth most successful ever based on points from top four finishes - 15 wins, 15 second places, 11 third places and 12 fourth places. While Allan's legend is firmly centered on the boards, he was also a gifted and versatile road rider before his work on the indoor tracks took precedence.