Points for World and Olympic qualification means competition likely to be hotter than ever next winter

The Revolution Series will later this year head into its 11th season with hopes of staging races at all three of Britain’s world class velodromes, with the four-round competition also featuring on the UCI Track Calendar for the first time, which organisers say will make the competition more intense than ever before. 

Three of the rounds have been confirmed so far, two in Manchester and one in Glasgow, while negotiations are under way for the season finale to take place at London’s Olympic Velodrome.

The dates are:

Round 1: 26th October - National Cycling Centre, Manchester
Round 2: 30th November - Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow
Round 3: 4th January 2014 - National Cycling Centre, Manchester
Round 4: 25th January 2014 - Lee Valley VeloPark, London (TBC)

The format continues to go from strength to strength each year, buoyed of course by the success of Britain’s cyclists on the track and increasingly attracts top riders from abroad, something that James Pope of organisers FACE Partnership expects to increase now that ranking points, which also count towards World Championship and Olympic qualification, will be up for grabs.

"Changes to UCI structure mean we can achieve Class 1 ranking next season without having to compromise the Revolution format,” he said.

"UCI points being on offer will add an extra dimension and enhance the calibre of the riders. We're really excited our events will contribute to the Worlds, and ultimately the Olympics, qualification process."

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.