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 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.