On the eve of the SCCU Good Friday Meeting – the traditional curtain opener of the outdoor track season – and with the ‘summer’ seasons at tracks from Reading to Scunthorpe to Meadowbank just weeks away, the organisers of the Revolution Series remind us – if the snow blanketing much of the country didn’t already – that next winter sees some significant changes to the competition.
The first – as anticipated – should see London join Glasgow and, of course, Manchester in the calendar and, as Glasgow did last year, hold the title deciders.
The competition starts in Manchester in October, the moves to Glasgow for Round 2 in December. January sees the riders back in Manchester before – subject to final confirmation – they head to what we’re told should now be referred to as the Lea Valley VeloPark. Fat chance; it is – and always will be – the Olympic Velodrome.
Round 1: 26th October – National Cycling Centre, Manchester
Round 2: 30th November – Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow
Round 3: 4th January 2014 – National Cycling Centre, Manchester
Round 4: 25th January 2014 – Lee Valley VeloPark, London (TBC)
The second change is, perhaps, more significant than the new venue. For the first time, all four events will be part of the UCI track cycling calendar and qualifying events for the World Cup series which will, in turn, be a qualifier for the World Championships.
Quite how that will work with the qualifying events and the World Cup running simultaneously isn’t quite clear – and, indeed, the Worlds is only three weeks after the London round, which itself is two weeks after the final round of the World Cup. We’ll be running a feature on the new structure next week when, hopefully, all will be revealed.