Australia's most prolific Six Day rider Danny Clark, will coach up and coming U23 riders Christopher Young and Phillip Stokes in the final five rounds of the U.I.V. Cup (Amateur Six Day race events) which are run in conjunction with the lucrative European Six Day race circuit. Finishing a creditable seventh in the series last year with only three starts, Young and Stokes are out to win one of the final five Six Days to earn them a start in one of the Professional Six Day events in 2007. They start their campaign in Rotterdam, in early January, moving on to Bremen, Stuttgart, Berlin and Copenhagen.
Clark has high hopes for the boys, as he feels that they combine well and compliment each other with their skills. "I will be spending time coaching the lads to better read their races and maintain optimum position within the fields particularly when they move to the shorter 160m and 200m tracks in Europe," Clark said. "The lads showed good form last year in Berlin and Copenhagen finishing fourth in the latter event against two of the teams that have earned professional contracts this year. I am confident they will ride well."
Following the Six Day circuit, Young will take up duties with the Crédit Agricole DN1 Espoir team in France, whilst Stokes will return to Australia hopeful of gaining a start in the Bendigo and Australian Madison Championships. Cycling New South Wales announced that it is hopeful of securing Clark's services at training camps to be held at the recently opened road and track facilities at Coffs Harbour, Northern NSW, in 2006.