The Revolution Series will get off to a flying start on 14 November with a host of Team Sky stars set to appear on the track together for the first time.
Geraint Thomas, Steve Cummings, Ian Stannard and Peter Kennaugh will all be in action in Manchester for the first event, which will have a strong road rider presence. However, the new Championship format means the Sky riders will be far from teammates this winter, as they go head to head racing for their own Revolution teams.
The riders will battle it out in several Championship races, including a 15k Points race and a 1km Madison time trial, a Revolution favourite. The race programme will also include a number of feature races, such as a motor-paced Scratch race and an Italian pursuit, designed to keep excitement levels high. Geraint Thomas, in blistering form after a record-breaking Pursuit performance at the World Cup this weekend, will be among the favourites to help gain maximum points for his team, the Rollers.
“I’m really excited about this season’s Revolution, especially with the new team format,” commented Thomas. “I’m feeling great after the weekend and can’t wait to take on the other Sky boys on the track. The competition is going to be fierce! I just hope I can keep up my good form for Chris [Newton] and make the Rollers the team to beat.”
Another Sky recruit expected to make waves at Revolution this year is Pete Kennaugh, who was Future Stars champion in Series 3. Last year, this up-and-coming track star caused real problems for his senior counterparts with some excellent performances that belied his nineteen years. He put in a storming performance in the Points race when he lapped the field, and Kennaugh is hoping he can cause a few upsets again this winter.
“I can’t wait to get back on the track for Revolution,” says Kennaugh. “I’ve really enjoyed it in the past and its going to be great racing against the other teams this year. I think there’ll be a lot of rivalry throughout the Series. I’m also really happy to have Jamie Staff as a captain, as he has so much experience to offer the team.”
With more top names set to be added to the Revolution line-up over the coming days, it looks set to be the most exciting Series yet.
Full details of the teams including the provisional line ups are now on www.cyclingrevolution.com along with information on the championship format.
The Revolution championship gets underway on Saturday 14 November with the remaining events scheduled for 5 December, 16 January and 27 February.