Six-event series kicks off in London, October 24

Two of the biggest stars of women's cycling, Laura Trott and Marianne Vos, will feature in the opening meeting of the 2014-15 Revolution track series at Lee Valley VeloPark on October 24-25.

Olympic and Commonwealth gold medallist Trott will be aiming to repeat her 2013 clean sweep of race wins, fighting it out against world and Olympic road race champion Vos.

Vos said: “Having competed in at the Revolution Series in Manchester a couple of years ago I know first‐hand how electrifying the racing is, and coming back to London to compete in the Olympic Velodrome against the best British riders is an exciting challenge. I’ve had a strong set of results on the road over the summer, so I’m looking to repeat that as we get onto the track.”

Trott added: “The atmosphere and support from the fans at each Revolution event is always unbelievable, especially when we are back in the Lee Valley VeloPark. Add the UCI points into the mix and there is a lot to cycle for in this year’s Series.”

The Revolution series has been expanded to six rounds for the 2014-15 season, with two events in each venue.

The full schedule is:

Round 1: October 24/25 - London
Round 2: November 22 - Manchester
Round 3: January 3 - Manchester
Round 4: January 31 - Glasgow
Round 5: February 27/28 - London
Round 6: March 14 - Manchester

Full details at www.cyclingrevolution.com.

Here's the series trailer video, featuring dramatic music, people going very fast in slow-motion, and crashes:

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