Cycling MBEs roll out for Revolution 23

And if you haven't got a ticket you can watch all the action online

by Barney Fletcher   January 7, 2009  

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Britain's latest crop of cycling medallists will be in action at Revolution 23 this Saturday at the Manchester Velodrome.

With cycling featuring prominently in the New Year’s honours the start list for Revolution on January 10th now features new Members of the British Empire Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Jason Kenny and Victoria Pendleton as well as Paralympian Sarah Storey OBE who will feature in the elite women’s racing.

if you haven't got a ticket (and they're sold out) don't worry you can also catch the action online at www.channelm.co.uk.
 
Pendleton is riding in her only Revolution this year and for just the second time in the UK since Beijing providing a rare occasion to see the first lady of cycling competing on home turf.
 
The Olympic Sprint Champion will feature in a sprint omnium and will have plenty of opportunity to show her speed across five rounds including a 200m Time Trial, two Sprints, a Keirin and a 500m Time Trial. Hoping to get a slice of the action will be the very talented Anna Blyth and up and coming star of the future, Jess Varnish as well as guest Spanish sprinter Helena Casa Roige.
 
In the men’s events, one of the highlights of the evening is set to be the 1km Madison Time Trial. Ed Clancy and Steven Burke have dominated the event this season inching ever closer to the record of 54.549 set by Chris Hoy and Arnaud Tournant at Revolution 20 in 2008.  At the last Revolution on December 6th Burke and Clancy clocked 54.666 and are confident they can go even faster. They will face a new challenge at Revolution 23 with Jason Kenny teaming up with Geraint Thomas. Clancy, however, is not threatened by his new rivals, saying:
 
“I know that Jason (Kenny) wants to get amongst the action and has teamed up with Geraint. We’ll show them who is boss and put them in their places. We should get close (to the record) and last time were only a few hundredths of a second off. It’d be good to beat them and set a new record.”
 
A Revolution regular, Clancy continued, “I’ll be doing them all again this season, it’s a great night. I’m sure I’ll be coming back for years to come.”
 
Tickets for the Revolution on 21st February are selling out fast and can be purchased from www.cyclingrevolution.com.