British cycling fans may still be buzzing from the success of the nation’s riders in the World Cup at the Manchester Velodrome this weekend, but only have a fortnight to wait to see double gold medal winner Geraint Thomas back in action on the same track.
Thomas, who took the men’s 4 kilometre individual sprint title at Manchester and also won gold with Team Sky+ HD in the team event, will be joined by three of his team-mates at the new Team Sky road team – Steve Cummings, Ian Stannard and Peter Kennaugh.
Changes to the championship format, meaning that riders race as teams rather than individuals mean that the team-mates will line up against each other as they seek to achieve success for their respective Revolution teams.
Full details of the new competition format and a provisional list of teams and riders were reported on road.cc last week. Featured races will include a 15 kilometre points race, a 1 kilometre Madison time trial, an Italian pursuit and a motor paced scratch race.
Thomas, who will be racing for the Rollers, said: “I’m really excited about this season’s Revolution, especially with the new team format. 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, the team captain] and make the Rollers the team to beat.”
Another Sky recruit expected to make waves at Revolution this year is Peter Kennaugh, who was Future Stars champion in Series 3. After a season that saw the 20 year-old Manxman finish fourth in the UCI Under-23 World Road Race Championship in Mendrisio as he continues to raise his profile in the sport, Kennaugh is eager to renew acquaintance with the track.
"I can't wait to get back on the track for Revolution,” he says. “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."
Full information on the event as well as how to get tickets are available on http://www.cyclingrevolution.com. After 14 November, further events in the series will be held at Manchester Velodrome on 5 December, 16 January and 27 February.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.