Originally scheduled to start in December 2008 and end January 3, 2009, the fourth edition of the Six Days of Burnaby has been postponed until a similar holiday slot in 2009-2010. Burnaby Velodrome Club Program Coordinator and Six Day organizer Jeremy Storie cited poor economic conditions and volunteer overload as reasons for giving the event a break.
"We have a good sized club that continues to grow, but our core group of volunteers remains the same. Our hosting of the late August National Championships for all categories coupled with difficulty in finding complete sponsorship due to the economic downturn led us to make the tough decision to postpone for a year," said Storie.
"Last year was another great increase in profile for the event but we did not want to take a step backwards and put on a lesser event. We will be back with a bigger and better show than ever in 2009-2010."
In 2007-08, the Six Days of Burnaby had a field of 12 North American professional teams featuring the world number two ranked Madison team at the time from Slipstream Sports (now Garmin / Chipotle) as well as the winning Symmetrics duo of Svein Tuft and Zach Bell (both seventh in their respective Olympic events). Tuft also took silver at the UCI Time Trial World Championships last month.
A smaller three-day, more local event may be held during the dates originally set aside for the six-day race.