> Anyway, the on topic question is, what was > a "six day", back in the beginning? Did they > race for six days, non-stop? > > How is it done today?
They really did ride for six days but these were (and still are) team events. Each team comprised 2 riders, each of whom would ride for a few hours while his team mate rested, slept, ate or got a massage. There were primes, bonus laps and such to keep the racing interesting for the full six days.
Today, they do it a bit differently. For one thing, I don't think they race 24 hours per day. For another, there are different events during he course of a day's racing. I.e. the day might include a motor paced segment, a Madison segment and something else (?) in addition to the "scratch race" segments.
Someone more familiar with the races should be filling in the details, although it begins to veer off topic.
Fred Rednor - Arlington, Virginia