A sell out crowd in the Manchester Velodrome were treated to an awesome display of pursuit riding by Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins at Revolution 11 on Saturday evening. Nearly 4000 spectators saw Wiggins ride a phenomenal time of 4 minutes 21 seconds to defeat Australian challenger Bradley McGee by 7 seconds.
“I’m really pleased with the ride tonight,” commented Wiggins. “I wanted to set a good time to prove to myself that I could before concentrating on the road, so to ride a 4.21 is great”. McGee was also impressed with Wiggins’ ride, “Brad did really well, I was expecting him to ride around a 4.26 so his ride was impressive. Riding a pursuit so early in my season is never easy so it was quite tough going so all credit to Brad.”
This result makes it two nil to Wiggins but at the beginning of an important season for both riders McGee will be planning on settling the score in the Paris-Nice prologue, “I’ll be focussing on getting some good wins this season with the Paris-Nice prologue my first target and then later the Tour prologue” commented McGee. Wiggins has similar objectives setting up the next head to head, “the Paris-Nice prologue is a major objective and I will be focussing all my training on that, it’s a short distance so I think it will be a good opportunity for me.”
It wasn’t just about the two Brads though as there was plenty of other action during the night. Birthday boy Rob Hayles won the Devil and the Scratch Race showing great form in advance of the Commonwealth Games but perhaps the most entertaining victory was by Arnaud Tournant and Craig MacLean, who won the 1km Madison Time Trial defeating all the endurance specialists. It was an impressive sight to see the sprint giants hand slinging each other into action and a sight that delighted the Revolution crowd.
With another successful meeting over the Revolution organisers are now looking ahead to the season finale which is only four weeks away on February 18th, “Revolution 12 is shaping up to be an excellent finale with more international riders than any of the previous three events”, said James Pope of Face Partnership. “There will be a few surprises thrown in so we can guarantee another excellent night of racing.”
Season 3 remaining Date
• Event 4 (Revolution 12) – 18th February 2006
When?: 18th February 2006
Where?: Manchester Velodrome
What time?: Doors open at 5.30pm – racing starts 7pm ends at 10pm
For all the news and latest announcements, take a look at www.cyclingrevolution.com.
As ever, tickets are available to purchase in advance from www.cyclingrevolution.com or by calling 0700 594 2579 or the Velodrome on 0161 223 2244 and selecting option 3. Tickets will also be available on the door.
Children and OAPs £5
Family (2 adults & 2 Children) £22