Ian Moir, two-time USA National Madison champion and Zachary Kovalcik, a tattoo and piercing-totting ex-messenger will be hitting the
track next month in the first half-Six Day race to be held in the U.S. since the 1940’s.
The two will be racing as the Los Angeles team, and they’ll be battling it out with a vengeance at the Hollywood Championship Cycling event October 11 through the 13.
It seems like Kovalcik’s street smarts from Pitttsburgh, PA really paid off—he’ll be coming to the half-Six Day race with 9 medals as a professional champion, and 10 wins as the state champion.
Moir is a multiple volunteer and do-gooder, in his own words, “ finding projects to do either around the house or on my car,” and “ occasional charity work with the Pathpoint School for adults with disabilities,” as well as working with his team on the charity, “49ers-Turning Wheels for Kids Bike Build.”
Could it be this pair is like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?
Um—guess what? They’re both Mr. Hyde (the evil one) on the track!
Moir won’t pass up a chance to come in first, and on the track there is a good chance he will.
Besides his multiple wins as National champion, he caused some damage this past June at the Hellyer Velodrome challenge coming in second two times, and third once.
And then there is Zac.
“Zachary Kovalcik is an out-there, ragin’ Vegan with tats and piercings, and an explosive sprint,” said Jack Simes, HCC. “What’s more, he’s fun to watch, partly because he came up riding the alley cat Fixie scene.”
And just to give you an idea of just what that means, “There’s a pack of them in LA called the Wolfpack Hussle,” added Simes. Ouch.
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 pair will be joining 15 other teams for three days of racing from October 11 through the 13, with races held every day from 6 PM to 11 PM.
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.