For six days, the 6-day race held Berlin in its chains. Six days with a lot of highs and lows to follow. As a photographer, you are always on the lookout for the emotions that characterize these phases. In our review, we show you the highlights of the 103rd edition of the Berlin Six-Day Race from the perspective of our photographer Rick Schubert.
#3 A widespread phenomenon: on the track you fight to the death, but off the track there are also the strongest male friendships among the drivers. Apart from the 6-day races, Leif Lampater and Christian Grasmann drive together in the Rudy Project Racing team.
#6 ...before going out into the raging crowd. Doing the sport you love in front of a sold-out house is motivation enough to torment yourself a bit more with every training session.
#7 Maximilian Levy wins the decisive sprint against Robert Förstemann on the fifth night. On the last day, however, he was narrowly defeated by the Berliner by choice and finished second in the overall classification.
#9 When the Berlin Velodrom smells of burnt petrol and the hall is filled with engine noise, it's time for the nightly stand-up race. Just a few millimeters behind the role of the pacemaker, the drivers chase 80 laps at speeds of up to 90 kilometers per hour over the Berlin parquet floor.
#13 Finding the right words is a difficult task in moments like this. Robert Bartko, who announced his retirement from competitive sport, moved his teammate Theo Reinhardt to tears.
#14 This is one of those moments that photographers never forget. The drivers are warming up and are highly concentrated. Molly Meyvisch still brings a small smile to her face.
#16 Was Kenny de Ketele already planning his final attack at that moment? In the last hunt, he and his colleague Andreas Müller pushed the leaders Leif Lampater and Jasper de Buyst off the throne of the Berlin 6-day race.
#17 The world championship stripes are undoubtedly the greatest honor for an athlete and also motivate if you only wear them as a substitute: Christian Grasmann from Munich, who pedaled alongside Vivien Brissé as a substitute for the injured Morgan Kneisky, is driving towards a lap win in this photo.
#21 track record. Again and again Robert Förstemann succeeds in beating his own track record in the Berlin Velodrom. Here he wins against Maximilian Levy in the final sprint and can already throw his arm in the air on the finish line.