Early release for previous Revolution fans and British Cycling members

Tickets for this winter’s Revolution track racing series will go on sale next Friday, Jul 26, organisers have announced.

The series kicks off in Manchester on October 26 and ends in a grand finale at the London Olympic velodrome in Lee Valley Velopark on March 15. The London event will include a night session as well as the usual afternoon and evening racing.

There will be five rounds of this year’s series and for the first time the Revolution events will be categorised as Class 1 by cycling’s governing body, the UCI.

FACE Partnership MD James Pope said: "There will be three elements to every Revolution Series event. The Elite Championship, the UCI-sanctioned racing, and the Future Stars.

"The Elite Championship remains the centrepiece of the Revolution Series. World-class riders will compete at the evening session at every round as they battle for the Elite Championship.

"The UCI-sanctioned racing is different but no less important. A high calibre of riders be vying for World Cup qualification points as they pursue their ultimate goal of riding at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

"Thirdly, the Future Stars will continue to provide a competitive environment for the brightest young track cyclists in Britain. We can't wait to see the next Steven Burke or Peter Kennaugh [previous winners] emerge from this unique competition."

How to get tickets

Priority booking will be available to fans who register with Quay tickets. This will get you an email with a link to buy tickets on the morning of Friday July 26, several hours before they go on general sale.

British Cycling members and previous Revolution Series customers can buy tickets from Wednesday morning onwards, two days ahead of the general release.

Full ticket and pricing information is available on the Revolution website.

Full Revolution schedule

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: 1st February - National Cycling Centre, Manchester
Round 5: 15th March 2014 - Lee Valley VeloPark, London

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Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

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