Riding his custom-built Eddy Merckx, Jasper De Buyst triumphs in the Six Days of Ghent track competition November 25 2013, 1 Comment

Sunday was a big day for Eddy Merckx - and an even bigger one for Jasper De Buyst. 

Riding his custom-built Eddy Merckx track bike, the 20-year old De Buyst and his German colleague Leif Lampater won the Six Days of Ghent, a highly prestigious and traditional track race ridden in Belgium.

Jasper De Buyst on his Eddy Merckx (foto www.linearecta.be)

Jasper De Buyst on his Eddy Merckx (foto www.linearecta.be)

Jasper rode an Eddy Merckx bike especially made for the track races of Topsport Vlaanderen, his team. About the bike, he tweeted in between one of the races in Ghent: 

With his win, Jasper steps into the footsteps of our founder and inspirator, Eddy Merckx. Eddy won the Six Days six times, between 1965 and 1977. Like Eddy, Jasper is also 20 at the time of his first win.  

Young Eddy Merckx and Patrick Sercu after winning their first Six Days of Ghent in 1965

Eddy Merckx, then 20 years old, and Patrick Sercu 

Remarkably, Eddy's former companion, Patrick Sercu, who won a record total of 11 Six Days of Ghent (6 with Eddy and 5 with other riders) is currently the race director of the Six Days.

Eddy came to watch the Six Days this year, partially to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Jasper's team Topsport Vlaanderen, and saw De Buyst win. 

Congratulations to all of the riders!