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Today the races are much less brutal on the riders, but the party atmosphere and two man teams have stood the test of time.
Scroll through to see all the action from the most recent London Six Day through the lens of Daniel Hughes.
Americans Adrian Hegyvary and Daniel Holloway at the opening ceremony.
Elia Viviani gets his legs up to speed on a set of rollers.
Six day racing may no longer be an all day and all night affair, but that doesn't mean rider's limits are not tested.
World Tour sprinting royalty was in attendance at the London Six Day, and they kept close tabs on each other.
Six day racing has become more family friendly since the days of Capone.
Mark Cavendish and Owain Doull formed a strong team in London.
Elia Viviani keeping close watch on what is happening behind him.
Mark Cavendish capped of a trying season with a strong performance in London.
Cavendish held nothing back.
Pulsing music, roaring crowd and sputtering two stroke engines come together to create a derny race.
Cavendish and his derny driver stormed ahead of Caleb Ewan in a thrilling finale.
Being heard over the Derney's engine is a nearly impossible task.
The first dernies were built in 1938. Their design remains relatively unchanged to this day.