The second race in this season’s Revolution Series, now running in a team format, takes place at the Manchester Velodrome this Saturday, and it promises to be an absolute Christmas cracker with some big names taking to the boards.
Details of the riders racing in the men’s elite events on the evening have now been released, with undoubtedly the biggest draw being Bradley Wiggins, who will no doubt receive a massive welcome as he appears on the Manchester track for the first time since his outstanding fourth place in this year’s Tour de France.
Lining up alongside Wiggo in the endurance events will be a host of other big names from British track and road cycling, including Geraint Thomas, Ben Swift and Dean and Russell Downing.
And Chris Newton, Ed Clancy, Andy Tennant and Steven Burke will all be making their first appearance in the Revolution Series this year after missing the first round last month due to Team GB’s participation in the Melbourne UCI World Cup.
There will be a continental flavour, too, through the presence of three stars of the European six-day circuit Leif Lampater and Leon Van Bon and Luke Roberts.
The sprint events have also drawn some big names, including a strong contingent from Sky+ HD including Jason Kenny, Matt Crampton, Jamie Staff, Ross Edgar and Pete Mitchell. They will be joined by Dave Daniell, making his Revolution Series seasonal debut, Roberto Chiappa and Craig MacLean, as well as, in an intriguing sub-plot, former Olympic skier Alain Baxter in his first competitive cycling meeting since switching to the sport full-time earlier this year.
Seated tickets are now sold out, but standing places can still be had, with full information on how to book, and on the series in general, available at www.cyclingrevolution.com.
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.