With the first Revolution of the 2007/8 Season over, the competition in the Future Stars will be fierce at Revolution 18 on Saturday 17th November. Despite an opening victory by Corrine Hall, Katie Fearnehough leads the ladies by just 4 points. Dan McLay has little more breathing space, and is 10 points clear of his nearest rival. However, he knows this will count for little with some of the best British juniors close behind, “it’s likely to be tight and the points between us are very small. I’m just going for wins and I’ll take it from there.”

The Future Stars racing always gets the crowds going and this season has been no exception. Not only do the riders relish racing in front of sell out crowds but the event is now one of the main targets for the British Juniors and a great way to impress the British Cycling Performance management. Katie Fearnehough agrees, “Its one of the best races to ride and the atmosphere is amazing.”

The programme for November 17th includes a Devil, 1Mile Dash and a Scratch Race. Maintaining the lead will be tough for both Dan and Katie, both of whom excel at the scratch race but find the shorter races like the 1mile dash more difficult to judge, “it’s harder if your not a pure sprinter as they’re fresh for the finish” commented McLay.

Nonetheless, he is confident that he can off his rivals and hold on to his leaders Jersey, not just for this event but for the season, “Chris Whorral should be a major threat but as long as nothing goes wrong I can win the series over all.” Katie, however, knows with the likes of Laura Trott, Jess Booth and Jo Wilman to contend with she’s going to have to work hard to keep her Jersey, “I race against them quite regularly and Jess Booth is such a strong rider and you have to be wary of her dangerous attacks, it’s still early days at the moment.”

Laura Trott, currently in 2nd place won’t be competing in the Future Stars in November as she’s racing in the Junior International Sprint competition, “I would have liked to push my self into the lead but riding the Sprint competition means I will lose ground over the other competitors… depending on the way the racing goes, sprinter Jo Wilman or endurance rider Jess Booth could take the head of the race.”

The winning rider at Revolution 18 will have to defend their jersey at another two more Revolutions, so the competition will be getting tougher at each event. All the riders are eager to accumulate points to put them in a strong position for the final event in February.


Tickets for Revolution on November 17th can be purchased at www.cyclingrevolution.com or by calling 0845 686 0105.