Dave Creasy gave hours of his time to both the velodrome and the youth riders which it has produced. He has been involved in some of the biggest names in cycling and it is only fair that he is remembered in a way which really shows how great he was.
|2011||Felix English||Symon Lewis||Na||Ashley Dennis||Jack Hoyle|
|2012||Tom Gallacher||Anthony Gibb||Corrine Hall||Louis Magnani||Max Steadman|
|2013||Symon Lewis||Tony Lock||Jo Tindley||James Thompson||Oscar Williamson|
|2014||Felix English||Symon Lewis||Abbie Dentus||Ethan Hayter||Fred Wright|
|2015||Anthony Gibb||Olly Moors||Jo Smith||Rhys Britton||Fred Wright|
|2016||Frank Longstaff||Olly Moors||Amber Joseph||Charley Calvert||Ethan Vernon|
The first Dave Creasy 6 was held in 2011 based on the European Six days Dave loved so much. John Scripps made sure the race had a proper 6 day feel, with cheesy euro pop, cheap beer, roaring dernys and of course great Madison racing.
12 Elite men’s pairs took part in a thrilling Madison omnium with Felix English and Symon Lewisbeating out David Sinclair and Doug Dewey. Dewey and Sinclair took the Split Points race before English and Lewis put in a 11.82s Flying 200m to claim that event. A close Madison elimination saw Sinclair just pipped by English. Despite Dewey and Sinclair winning the final 30km Madison, English and Lewis triumphed on 114 points, just 8 ahead of Dewey/Sinclair. In the youth race, 12 pairs took part with Ashley Dennis and Jack Hoyle (56 points) beating Rory Townsend and Olly Plumley (39 points) with Joseph Crolla and Max Steadman (26 points) finishing third.
After the success of the first year, John decided to run it again with an increased field of 14 Elite men’s pairs. Tony Gibb and Tom Gallagher (fourth in 2011) were the victors with 2011 winner, Symon Lewis, second with Tony Lock despite winning the first two events, the Split points and Flying 200m. Stephen Bradbury and Jess Wiecowski climbed from sixth in 2011 to round out the podium in 2012, Bradbury winning the Elimination along the way with a stylish
celebration. Yet again, it went down to the last race, the 30km Madison Points. With Gibb and Gallagher making a big move off the front with around 20km to go, Lewis and Lock were left chasing but could not keep their overall lead. In a massive youth field of 19 pairs, Louis Magnani and Max Steadman were the winners with Joe Fry and Joey Walker in second and Olly Moors and Jez McCann in third. In the same race, Abi Dentus and Kim English won the girls Madison, from Lucy Harper and Bethany Haywood with Rachel Jary Abi Van Twisk in third.
Unfortunately, the race in 2013 was called off by poor weather just as it was starting to get
interesting. Tony Lock and Symon Lewis had again won the first two event, but with Olly Moors and Alex Minting tied second on 18 points with John McClelland and Kristian Woolf with Stephen Bradbury and Rupert Denny just 5 points off, the racing was far from over.
After many attempts to finish the meeting, the results were called based on the current standings.
The event had new organisers in 2014, in the form of Andrew Bradshaw and Josh Cole-Hossain. However, the event didn’t change too much, with 14 Elite men’s pairs, featuring 2011 winner Felix English, creating the nucleus of the race and 16 youth pairs supporting them as well as a women’s Omnium and men and youth support races. English and Lewis won all but the Flying 200m, racking up 131 points, with John McClelland and Alex Minting (winners of the 200m) in second on 97 and the Junior pair of Olly Moors and Dan Gardner on 66 with James Holland-Leader and Vojtech Blazejovsky just 10 points behind. A fiercely competitive youth Madison was won by Fred Wright and Ethan Hayter (who would go on to win the National Madison championships) on 53 points followed by Frank Longstaff and Jack Plumley on 41 with Max Bergin and Etienne Georgi just 5 points off. Both Wright/Hayter and Longstaff/Plumley won two events with the later beating the former by 0.01s in the Flying 200m. Abbie Dentus (28pts) won the women’s Omnium, just 2 points ahead of Nikki Kovacs (26pts) with Keira McVitty in third on 20 points.
The 2015 edition was a landmark event, as it was the first year the race was run over two days; the first, late on a Saturday at Lee Valley, the second on Sunday at its home, Herne Hill. Both the senior men’s Madison and youth Madison competitions were stretched over the two days, with the National Women’s Madison championships and sprint events held at Lee Valley, and further support events held at Herne Hill.
After the first day, the pair of Tony Gibb and Olly Moors were leading the junior pair of Rob Hogg and Matt Draper by one point after winning the team elimination and taking two thirds (500m TT and scratch) with the VCL pair of Iain Cook and Ethan Hayter in third. In the youth competition, Rhys Britton and Fred Wright took wins in the split points, scratch and flying 500m TT putting them top, eight points clear of George Mew Jensen and Ethan Vernon with Joe Swinnerton and Charlie Cox a further two points behind. In the sprint event it was John Paul who took the win beating Joe Truman with Albin Geneix out sprinting Alistair Fielding to take third. In the Keirin, it was Joe Truman who came out on top with Albin Geneix - also improving one place fromthe sprint - second, with Nick Post in third. In the gruelling eighty lap National Womens Madison championships, Amy Smith and Becky Raybould were able to escape the watch of second place pair Christine Robson and Jo Smith to win the stripy jerseys. The PMR pair of Jen Allum and Emma Towers took bronze.
The second day of the Senior Madison saw Tony Gibb and Olly Moors win the 200m TT, the split points, two Derny races and the Madison elimination to all but cement their position on the top step of the podium. With the junior pair of Hogg and Draper having to leave early, second place was fought out between Cook/Hayter and John McClelland and Alex Minting. After placing second in the TT, split points and elimination, McClelland and Minting had the advantage going into the final Ploegkoers but Hayter and Cook amassed twenty points to McClelland and Minting’ seven to overthrow them for second step on the podium. Britton and Wright carried over their dominant form from Saturday into the second day of racing in the youth Madison, again winning the TT, split points and scratch as well as the team elimination. However, a crash in the final Ploegkoers meant they lost two laps on those chasing. Riding out of their skin, they managed to catch up to retain their lead and take the overall victory. The consistency of Jensen and Vernon meant their second spot on the podium was secure. Strong riding from Jacob Vaughn and Boru Pratt-McCullagh meant they consolidated third place by two points ahead of Carl Jolly and Cameron Thompson.