Some of the world’s best track sprinters will feature this Saturday evening in the third round of the 2012/13 Revolution Series at Manchester Velodrome – and while tickets for the session are long sold out, you can pay on the door to watch the National Madison Championships which take place earlier in the day, as well as the likes of Philip Hindes, Ross Edgar and Robert Förstemann as they take part in qualifying for the main event.
The National Madison Championships start at 1pm, with the Revolution Series following at 7pm, including an all-star team that includes Förstemann, Craig MacLean and Matt Crampton.
Three French riders, Francois Pervis, Michael D'Almeida and Julian Palma will also feature, while Switzerland’s Franco Marvulli, twice a world champion in both the scratch race and the Madison, guests for Team Howies.
Other guest riders include British time trial champion Alex Dowsett, now at Movistar, who will ride for Team Sportscover on Saturday, while Ross Edgar, who won Olympic silver at Beijing in the keirin behind Sir Chris Hoy, rides for Team IG Sigma Sport for the first time.
With the battle hotting up in the team rankings, leaders Rapha Condor JLT, 25 points ahead of German team Rudy Project, will be missing Andy Tennant, who has left for Madison-Genesis.
Full details of Saturday’s event can be found on the Revolution Series website, while tickets for the National Madison Championships, including that sprint qualifying session, cost £6 for adults and £3 for children.
Some VIP and hospitality tickets are still available for the final round of this year’s Revolution Series on 2 February at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow, hosting the event for the first time – you can find out more details of those here.
Highlights of Saturday’s round three in Manchester will be screened on ITV4 on Wednesday 9 January at 8pm, and will also be available to watch on ITV Player.
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.