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Berlin streetscape postcard sent by Ken Ross to his mother dated 16 February 1922
Friedrichstrasse station, Berlin. Postcard sent by Ken Ross to his mother Rose, dated 16.2.1922. Courtesy Jan Couchman.

Dear Mum

I ride the six Days here starting tomorrow with Willie Spencer. We arrived here on Thursday. This is some fine place. Try and think of me in Berlin, will write you after the race. No more sleep after tonight for six long Days.

Love To All From Ken

 

Berlin 23.2.22

Official photograph of Huschke and Ross after they came 4th in the Berlin 6 Day 1922
Adolf Huschke and Ken Ross after coming 4th in the Berlin Six Day Race, 1922. Courtesy Jan Couchman.

I [have?] promised to write you a long letter but I have not been settled down and only got in here yesterday and I have had a lot of business to do this last week. This is a Photo taken after the finish of the Six Days. I look very thin on it but two six days races in three week[s] is very hard and takes a lot out of me.

They are not like the Sydney Six Days race it was only a training/ride along side of these. I am a fine Six Days rider now. All the papers says I am one of the best and they say when I ride a few more I will be a pip. The other Photo was taken one night when I was having a spell [refers to 'Berlin 7.3.22' below]. Aerts is the chap that won the Brussels Six Days. Do you think he is like me. Well when we are on a bike we are just alike and the people get us mixed up and call him Ross and me Aerts and almost he always says he is my brother
because we are alike.

Dresden 4.3.22

Postcard showing a large ornate city building
Dresden, Germany. Postcard sent by Ken Ross to his mother Rose dated 4 March 1922.

Dear Mum

I received/two letters from you on Thursday and was pleased you are well. I am feeling fine again after the Six Days. I am staying here with some friends but go back to Berlin tomorrow. This is a fine city and I am having a great time but have to start training again on Monday as I race on the 12 behind the Motors.

More next time.

Best Love From Ken

Berlin 7.3.22

Ross taking a break from riding in the Berlin Six Day 1922
Ken Ross taking a break during the Berlin Six Day Race, 1922. From left: Emile Aerts, Ross and Ross's trainer. Courtesy Jan Couchman.

39 Am Treptower Park, Berlin

Dear Mum

Hoping you are all in the best of nick at home. I am fine again now have had a week rest. I was pretty thin after the Six Days as two Six Day [races] in three weeks takes a lot out of one as you get no sleep. They are very hard but I am a pip [the best] at them. The further they go the better I get. The first three days in Berlin I was not so good but the last three I felt fine and did nothing but jam and ride the other[s] off their legs. I was much better the last day than I was the first day. I was not so fast in the sprints but I kept jumping and that’s what the people like. I am the world here in Berlin and the Director will give me anything to stay here.