This afternoon, the opening weekend of the 2014/15 Revolution Series at the Lee Valley Velodrome saw the UK debut of the ‘Marymoor Crawl’ – the track racing format originating in Washington state in the Pacific north west of the United States that we flagged up here on road.cc earlier this month.
The race only comprises one lap of the track, but that’s preceded by a lot of fun and games as riders are held before a bell or gun signifies the point they can cross the start line, and put a foot on the boards, grab a handrail, or impede another cyclist and you’re out – simple, but guaranteed laughs.
Organisers FACE Partnership decided to trial the event today after seeing the video of it here on road.cc, and they’ve wasted no time in getting a video up of this afternoon’s race. We won’t tell you who won, but we hope you enjoy it.
FACE Partnership said beforehand that all being well, the race will feature in future rounds of the Revolution Series – and managing director James Pope told us tonight that despite misgivings by some people before today’s event about whether or not it could work in this context, it will.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.