The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow is preparing to stage its second major event on Saturday evening when it hosts the finale of this season’s Revolution Series. It’s the first time Revolution has taken place away from Manchester, and talks are also continuing to take the event to the Olympic velodrome in London.
The Glasgow venue, built for next year’s Commonwealth Games, first saw top-level action when it welcomed a round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in November.
Saturday’s event, which is sold out, has a strong Scottish flavour in terms of the riders competing, with Craig MacLean, Callum Skinner and John Paul joining forces to take on the Rest of the World in a team sprint.
Olympic silver medallist and former world champion in the team sprint MacLean commented: "I'm really excited to compete in front of a home crowd - I'm really looking forward to it. A venue like this in Glasgow is something I never thought I'd see in my career. It's a fantastic asset for Scottish cycling."
There’s also the small matter of the team championship to be settled, with Rapha Condor JLT heading the table as the final round looms.
The team’s line-up includes double Olympic team pursuit champion Ed Clancy, who bronze in the omnium at London last summer, plus James MacCallum, who will be taken to the track where he hopes next summer to compete for the fourth consecutive Commonwealth Games for Scotland, and in his home city to boot.
German team Rudy Project RT are second in the standings at the moment, but the threat to Rapha Condor JLT could come from Team Rouleur, who have brought in two of Clancy’s team mates from Great Britain’s world championship winning team pursuit line-up last year – Andy Tennant, who was also in the Olympic squad but didn’t get a ride, and Steven Burke, one of the quartet who did win gold in London.
Plans to host Revolution events in London and Glasgow were first announced by the venue operators and British Cycling in February last year and are in part aimed at helping develop young talent who can one day aim to play a part in repeating Great Britain’s recent Olympic success on the track.
Speaking then, Lord Coe said: "The signing of this agreement is a fantastic step forward for cycling in the UK.
"The velodrome in the Olympic Park will leave a legacy in east London, and with this agreement in place it is a great step forward to extend this legacy nationwide."
Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and The Olympics, added: “This agreement is a big boost for cycling in Britain. It will help us uncover new cycling talent, host World class events and promote the sport across the country, encouraging the next generation to take up cycling.”
Highlights of Saturday’s racing will be screened on ITV4 at 8pm on Thursday 7th February and repeated 11.50am Friday 8th February. They will also be available for 30-day catch-up on ITV Player.
Full details of the Revolution Series finale can be found on the event's website.
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.