Next Friday the the Lee Valley Velo Park in London, the Revolution Series starts its 12th year and continues to go from strength to strength, with longer meetings, more venues and more rounds.
The first round in London (and Round 5 – also at the Olympic velodrome) have three sessions – Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening. All the others have two – Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening.
The successful team format is retained and the series’ second year as a UCI qualifying event for the World Cup series – which trackcycling will also be covering in depth this winter – has seen the addition of some new, big name teams.
Last season’s winning team Rudy Project Racing has a new name – the Maloja Pushbikers – and old favourites Rapha Condor JLT, Madison-Genesis, NFTO and Team Sky are joined by Orica-GreenEDGE, Team USN-Welsh Cycling, Team Scotland, Ringmar Racers (originally a Go-Ride club that has produced 15 British and 30 Scottish Champions, 2 World Cup leaders and 4 Commonwealth Games medalists), Telegraph All Stars and Team Ingnitr.
Orica-GreenEDGE will be working closely with Cycling Australia so we could see the likes of Jack Bobridge, Glen O’Shea, Scott Sunderland and Alex Edmondson lining up with team mates Jens Mouris and Adam Blythe.
The Hoy Bikes Future Stars competition continues – and often provides not just fantastic action and close racing, but frequently the next generation of Elite riders. Last year’s girls champion Grace Garner will be riding in the Elite Series this year but Jess Roberts and Rhys Britton of Wales, Fred Wright from the South East and Sophie Capewell of the West Midlands will be among the ones to watch this year – along with a few riders nobody saw coming.
From London, the series moves to Manchester for two rounds – one at the end of November and the other at the beginning of January. Glasgow comes up at the end of January before a return to London at the end of February – and then just a two week gap until the series Finale in Manchester on the 14th of March.
Round 1 24-25 October – London
Round 2 22 November – Manchester
Round 3 3 January – Manchester
Round 4 31 January – Glasgow
Round 5 27-28 February – London
Round 6 14 March – Manchester
A few tickets are still available for most sessions from the Revolution Ticket Office.