If it’s Autumn, it must be time for the return of the Revolution track series. The 2013-14 series kicks off tomorrow, October 26, at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester and will be packed with British and overseas talent, fresh from the European championships in the Netherlands.
Britain’s men’s and women’s pursuit teams both won gold at Apeldoorn and every member of those teams will ride as the 11th season of the Revolution Series begins.
Laura Trott, Dani King, Jo Rowsell, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibold will be joined by male counterparts Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Jon Dibben, Andy Tennant and Owain Doull.
World points champion Jarmila Machačová will also be in Manchester, along with sprint champion Dennis Dimitriev to add yet more star quality to the line-up. Organisers say it's one of the strongest line-ups ever assembled for a Revolution Series event.
Team GB won eight medals in Apeldoorn, with Laura Trott and Jason Kenny winning a gold and silver respectively in the final session on Sunday. The women's team pursuit team set another world record.
With the Revolution Series now a UCI sanctioned event, this Saturday will be a chance for riders to grab crucial qualification points ahead of the Track World Cup.
This opener is the first of five-round series that will conclude at the Olympic Velodrome at Lee Valley VeloPark next March.
For tickets see https://www.quaytickets.com/revolution/Online/default.asp or call 0843 208 0500.
Revolution series dates 2013-14
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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