News: Olly Moors 6th in Euros


Olly Moors, first British rider to make a Derny final at the Euros since Wiggins in 2003, is sixth in Copenhagen

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News: Olly Moors 6th in Euros

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British rider Olly Moors was sixth in the European Derny championship in Copenhagen on the weekend. Olly won his heat and was then sixth in the final, the first British rider to make a Derny final at the Euros since Wiggins in 2003.

Asked to describe the final, Olly replied “it was just utter madness. The race was 40km (160 laps) and I was gridded 4th so I knew I had a good start”.


“Going into the final, we didn’t have any expectations as I was still amazed I’d manage to win the qualifier. The first 20 laps of the final were rattled off at over 70kph. It was insane.”

“I managed to go and follow three others and open up a huge gap. Within 15 laps, we had already lapped an Italian rider. I knew I couldn’t keep this speed so I just shouted up to George to settle it down”.

“In derny racing, I like to find a high ‘cruising’ speed. That for us is around 64-65kph. We just sat at that and slowly picked off more and more people. A few riders came past us but later on we saw them and eventually took laps out of them.”

“The last 20 laps we ramped it up and managed to come 6th overall. I am over the moon with this result and so happy. Not only for myself but for how far the sport of Derny Racing has come on in Britain. The last person to qualify for a major final at the Euros was Bradley Wiggins back in 2003, so that was something that made it extra special”.


“Annoyingly, my British team mate Matt Gittings (also a two times National Derny Champion) was one spot out of qualifying and being with him here has taught me a lot as he has a vast amount of experience at racing at this level so that was something that I really appreciate”.

When asked what the key to going fast behind a derny is, Olly replied “staying as tight on the guard as possible. The way I see it, the closer you get, the more free speed there is! When it comes to communication, there really isn’t much. Because of the high speeds it’s hard for George (my pacer) to hear. So if I want to go faster I shout ‘Allez’ and if I want to go slower I shout ‘Ho.’ Simple really”.

Congrats to Olly on the result …
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Final Result
1 Casper Folsach Stinus Roslund
2 Jesper Asselman Herman Bakker -2 laps
3 Andreas Graf Michel Rasmussen -4 laps
4 Achim Burkart Christian Ertel -4 laps
5 Denis Rugovac Ralph Schumacher -4 laps
6 Oliver Moors George Gilbert -5
7 Melvin Van Zijl Rene Kos -6 laps
8 Jan Freuler Robert Buchmann -7 laps
9 Franceso Castegnaro Christian Dagnoni -7 laps
10 Fillippo Pozzato Cordiano Dagnoni -8 laps



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