Many time national track Champion Colby Pearce will pair up with National Pursuit champion Jake Duerhing at the new half-Six Day races in California in two weeks.
The pair will represent the Orange County California Team at the Hollywood Championship Cycling event October 11 through the 13, against 14 other teams at the rebirth of Six Day racing in the United States.
“Colby Pearce is the elder statesman of current U.S. Madison riders,” said Jack Simes of HCC . Among Pearce’s accomplishments is racing in the 2004 Olympics in the 40 km points race, and over 130 wins in track, road, mountain bike and cross bike pro events.
Pearce’s racing partner Jake Duerhing is relatively new to the track scene, but was trained by Pearce, said Simes. Still he’s accomplished since he started his career as a track racer, among them first in the pro track nationals pursuit race in 2013.
A Boulder, CO. native and 11-time world cup medalist, Pearce races mostly locally. After quitting pro racing and becoming a U.S. National Endurance Coach in 2005, Pearce decided he liked racing too much and started racing competitively again in 2007, while also developing his coaching practice.
Both riders will be racing for the first time in a half Six-Day race since the format basically disappeared in the United States after World War II.
Six-day racing in the United States its pure format was a continuous race held for six-days straight—with very little breaks for sleeping. During it’s heyday from the late 1800’s to the 1930’s it was the dominant spectator sport and form of entertainment for the masses, and the sole event being held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
Fast-forward to today, six-day racing is now predominantly a European sport particularly in Belgium and Germany.
The races will be held from 6 PM to 11 PM every day for three days.
Tickets are on sale already and going fast, say the organizers. Check out their Facebook page and range from $20 to $55. Best to buy soon, if you want to get the least expensive tickets.
- 14 time national track champion
- US hour record holder: 50.191km Colorado Springs, CO, 1995
- 8-time US Worlds team member
- 11-time track world cup medalist
- 2007 Continental Champion, madison
- 2004 Olympian, 40km points race
- 2003 Pan Am Games bronze medalist
- Over 130 race wins on track, road, MTB and CX
- US National Track Team coach, Nov 2005-May 2007
- Racing for 24 years (as of January 1, 2012)
- Raced on 5 continents
Jake Duerhing, Cycling Resume
- 2009 Elite Track Nationals Omnium 2nd Place
- 2009 Elite Track Nationals Scratch Race 4th Place
- 2013 Elite Track Nationals Omnium 2nd Place
- 2013 Elite Track Nationals Madison 2nd Place
- 2013 Elite Track Nationals Team Pursuit 1st Place