Racquel Sheath is getting set for something different this month as she gets ready to head to London for the Phynova Six Day London. Following in the footsteps of notorious sprint teammates Eddie Dawkins and Ethan Mitchell, Sheath hopes that the London Six Day can help further step up as her career ontinues to gain momentum.
It’s been a year of highs – from Commonwealth silver and World Cup Madison victory with Michaela Drummond – and lows from missing out on a medal at the World Championships in Appeldoorn for Racquel Sheath. But undeterred by either setback or success, Racquel Sheath is all about pressing forward; hence the London Six Day event.
“I’ve had a decent year, I did okay at the World Championships thought it wasn’t the best. At the Commonwealth Games I got a team pursuit silver which was awesome,” Sheath told sixday.com. “I’ve also got a couple of decent World Cup performances with my Madison partner (Michaela Drummond), a win and a third place.”
“I really want to be stepping up this year and I think Six Day can help that, I’ve set my goals really high and I feel a big pressure to redeem myself after the World Championships.”
Racquel heads to London feeling a need to prove something to herself, and with the Madison becoming more and more an event she’s establishing herself (and Michaela’s self) as the best in the country at; the chance to test her ability in such a high pressure environment is the perfect prospect.
“Taking part in the Six Day London is a big opportunity for me, some of the world’s best Madison girls are competing and I want to be racing with them as much as possible,” Racquel said. “I want to be getting that exposure, getting my name out there and being amongst all the racing.”
“I’ve never really been exposed to anything like that so it’ll be good to get a first-hand view, to get that exposure – hopefully we can have a Six Day in New Zealand one day.”
Sheath will follow in the footsteps of Ethan Mitchell and Eddie Dawkins who took on the London event in 2017, sending back nothing short of rave reports to Racquel! “I guess you have to thank Eddie and Ethan for me being here – they’ve said it’s the most fun they’ve ever had. I’m looking forward to it, I hear the atmosphere is absolutely insane. I’m not much of a beer drinker though!”
The Phynova Six Day London heads a six-round series of events taking in Berlin, Copenhagen, Melbourne, Manchester and Brisbane. The London event takes place from 23rd to 28th October. Last year Cameron Meyer and Callum Scotson won the men’s event, with Katie Archibald taking the women’s title, and a certain Eddie Dawkins emerging victorious in the sprinters’ racing.
The women’s events in the Phynova Six Day London begins with a 7.5km scratch race, then heads to a 7.5km tempo race, an elimination race and a 20km points race on day 4 of the competition. Day 5 then takes in a Madison event and team elimination race with the final day of racing featuring a 20km Madison event and 10km scratch race.