The Manchester Velodrome enjoyed a full house on Saturday
January 12th as the Revolution cycling event sold out for the second time
in its history. 4000 spectators crammed into the Velodrome for a fantastic evening’s
racing with Britain’s Jason Kenny and World Sprint Champion Theo Bos dominating
One of the stars missing from the line up was Chris Hoy who had been forced
to pull out from the event due to illness. Hoy had abandoned the Rotterdam six
earlier in the week and was unable to recover for the Revolution event,
“I came down with a fever at Rotterdam which hit me hard” he commented.
“I hoped that it was just a case of resting and waiting a few days but
the doctor advised that I couldn’t do anything for four or five days.”
“It was hugely disappointing to miss the Revolution” he continued.
“I haven’t raced at the event for a long time so I was really looking
forward to it. I’m even more gutted as it sounds like it was a fantastic
Hoy will get another chance to race in front of his home crowd though with
the final event of the series taking place on February 23rd. This time the Brits
will face an even stronger sprint challenge, this time from the French.
Team Sprint World Champions Arnaud Tournant and Gregory Bauge will be joined
by rising French star Mickael D’Almeida in a crucial showdown with the
powerful British squad. As the last competitive event before the Manchester
World Championships the contest will provide and important test for both nations,
“The French are the team to beat at the moment” commented Hoy.
“They have been World Champions for the last two years so any opportunity
to race against them and find a chink in their armour is very important. It
will also be the last chance before the worlds so it will be a very serious
event for us.”
Hoy will be joined by a strong British line up including Jamie Staff, Craig
MacLean, Ross Edgar, Junior World Champions Christian Lyte and Dave Daniell
and the in form Jason Kenny.
Tickets and information for the event on February 23rd can be found on www.cyclingrevolution.com
or by calling 0845 686 0105 or 0161 223 2244.