The second race in this season’s Revolution Series, now running in a team format, takes place at the Manchester Velodrome this Saturday, and it promises to be an absolute Christmas cracker with some big names taking to the boards.
Details of the riders racing in the men’s elite events on the evening have now been released, with undoubtedly the biggest draw being Bradley Wiggins, who will no doubt receive a massive welcome as he appears on the Manchester track for the first time since his outstanding fourth place in this year’s Tour de France.
Lining up alongside Wiggo in the endurance events will be a host of other big names from British track and road cycling, including Geraint Thomas, Ben Swift and Dean and Russell Downing.
And Chris Newton, Ed Clancy, Andy Tennant and Steven Burke will all be making their first appearance in the Revolution Series this year after missing the first round last month due to Team GB’s participation in the Melbourne UCI World Cup.
There will be a continental flavour, too, through the presence of three stars of the European six-day circuit Leif Lampater and Leon Van Bon and Luke Roberts.
The sprint events have also drawn some big names, including a strong contingent from Sky+ HD including Jason Kenny, Matt Crampton, Jamie Staff, Ross Edgar and Pete Mitchell. They will be joined by Dave Daniell, making his Revolution Series seasonal debut, Roberto Chiappa and Craig MacLean, as well as, in an intriguing sub-plot, former Olympic skier Alain Baxter in his first competitive cycling meeting since switching to the sport full-time earlier this year.
Seated tickets are now sold out, but standing places can still be had, with full information on how to book, and on the series in general, available at www.cyclingrevolution.com.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.