Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas took on rugby league legend Denis Betts on the Rollapaluza rollers at Revolution 23 this weekend. Betts might have been saving his legs for the Italian pursuit later that evening because Thomas, now hosting Channel 4's new sports show 4sport, put a second into him over 500m.
That was before the doors for Revolution 23 opened and just as well or they would never have got on what with the hordes of kids eager to test themselves on the Rollapaluz rig.
Thomas's performance was enough to bag him second place in the mens' competition behind 14 year old Matt Rotherham – who also won the competition last time the rollers visited Revolution.
12 year-old Dylan Kerfoot-Robson won the boys competition in a time of 12.37 secs and a speed of 45.5mph while 13 year-old Emily Barnes was top girl with a winning time of 13.47 secs and a speed of 41.8mph.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.