The Revolution Track Series returns to the Manchester Velodrome this Saturday after its Christmas break.
This season's Revolution Team Championship is an endurance event and going in to the weekend's penultimate round UK Youth lead the competition after a dominant performance in the last round by Steven Burke. Burke though has now left Nigel Mansell's outfit to ride for Specialized Sigma Sport and concentrate on his track career with the Team GB squad - that puts the onus on James Lowsley Williams and David MacGowan to hold on to their team's lead.
We'll find out how tough a call that is come Saturday, but the UK Youth chaps face some stiff competition with several six day specialists joining rival teams including Alex Aeschbach, Andreas Muller, Jesper Morkov, Christian Grasmann, Robert Bengsch and former World Champion Morgan Kniesky.
Other team changes will see Luke Rowe making his neo-pro debut for Team Sky, Russell Downing returns to Revolution after his points win in the first round – this time he will be riding for team howies while Tom Murray joince Canadian Points Champion Jean-Michel Lachance riding for Rouleur.
It's not all endurance events though, the sprint competition promises some seriously exciting action with Revolution's first tandem sprint competition with a GB versus Holland Sprint Omnium in which Craig MacLean and Neil Fachie and Barney Storey and Anthony Kappes will take on Dutch pairs Patrick Bos and Rinne Oost and Yorick Bos and Richard Bonhof in an omnium contest that will include a Flying Lap, Match Sprint and Kilo TT.
There are still a few standing tickets left for Saturday's action but you'll need to be quick. To find out more about what this weekend's Revolution has in store visit www.cyclingrevolution.com. For those who can't make it TV highlights will be broadcast on ITV4 on Monday 9th January.
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.