Two members of Team GB’s London 2012 Olympic gold medal winning team pursuit quartet starred in the Revolution Series in Manchester last night – Peter Kennaugh, who lapped the field seven times as he won the points race, and Ed Clancy, who partnered Ollie Wood to a new world record in the Madison Kilo.
It’s the second year running that Kennaugh has triumphed in the points race at Manchester; last season’s victory saw the Team Sky lap the other riders twice, but this time round the win was even more emphatic.
The Rapha Condor-JLT pairing of Clancy and Wood put in a time for the Madison Kilo of 54.537, 12/1,000 of a second quicker than the previous record, also set at Revolution, set by Arnaud Tournant and Sir Chris Hoy in 2008.
Hoy, who last week hosted a New Year’s Eve party in which Clancy was among the guests, was quick to offer his congratulations, tweeting: "Congrats lads! Told you a Hogmanay at the Hoy's is good for your form Ed!"
That wasn’t Clancy’s only success last night – the 28-year-old Yorkshireman also won the scratch race.
Other stars of London 2012 riding in Manchester yesterday included Laura Trott, who won the elimination race but then crashed in the scratch race, won by Wiggle Honda team-mate Elinor Barker.
For the first time, this season’s Revolution Series includes some events that provide UCI ranking points, and watched by the governing body’s president Brian Cookson, Jason Kenny won both the sprint and the keirin.
The women’s versions of those events went, respectively, to Elis Ligtlee of the Netherlands and Danni Khan, named last week in the British squad for the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, later this month.
With two rounds to go – in Manchester on 1 February and London on 14 and 15 March – Rudy Project RT continue to lead the Elite Championship standings.
Full results are available on the Revolution Series 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.