Autumn… a time of change… a time for Revolution (sorry couldn't help myself) anyway as the leaves fall everybody's favourite elite track racing series the Revolution Championship returns for another edition at the Manchester Velodrome.
The series kicks off on Saturday 29th of October and as ever the organisers have freshened up the format with a few changes. So this year the Revolution Championship itself will be a purely endurance competition with riders competing in teams for four events at each Revolution meet to decide a winner. Fear not though sprint fans the fast boys will still be doing their explosive stuff with the organisers promising team sprints, head to head battles and other high speed battles between top sprinters from Britain and abroad… if they're reading this wed like to put our bid in for some sort of race involving Sir Chris Hoy et al attached to giant bungees. Okay, maybe not one for an Olympic year.
Amongst the top teams already confirmed for the series are Team Sky with Geraint Thomas, Alex Dowsett, Russell Downing, Ben Swift and Pete Kennaugh all likely to figure – that's if Geraint has recovered after spending time on the Newport boards with me and Dave… we promise to go easy. They'll be up against Rapha Condor Sharp who like Sky have their own Olympic Champion, in this case Ed Clancy and a Downing brother in the shape of Dean.
Defending Revolution Champions will be back too ringing with them the newly crowned National Junior Madison Champion Chris Lawless riding alongside the up and coming Yates brothers, Simon and Adam.
Another top British team, UK Youth, will be making its debut in the Revolution championship this season, represented by new National Pursuit Champion Steven Burke and cycling legend Magnus Backstedt. UK Youth will no doubt be hoping that the combination of youth and experience will prove potent enough to make an immediate impact on their inaugural Series.
The sprint competition will open at the first event with emerging star David Daniell, fresh from his breakthrough performance at the recent National Track Championships, where Sir Chris Hoy was the only British sprinter who could keep him off the top of the podium in all three sprint contests. This exciting 21 year-old talent will be doing battle with a top continental rival in what's promised to be a thrilling European head to head. Two more young British hopefuls, Pete Mitchell and Junior World Sprint Champion John Paul, will be racing alongside Daniell on October 29th. As the season continues, the Revolution crowd will also be treated to action from Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Ross Edgar and Matt Crampton.
Tickets are available for all Revolution events, with premium tickets, season tickets, family tickets and student discounts also on offer. Visit www.cyclingrevolution.com for more information on how to purchase your tickets.
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.