THE CYCLING REVOLUTION:
Revolution was created in 2003 by Face Partnership and the Manchester Velodrome to provide a new style of cycling event in the UK, a style that would increase spectator appeal and change the way people think about the sport.
With the creation of an action packed alternative race programme featuring international road and track stars presented with a slick, modern style the Cycling Revolution was born. The racing is fast and the atmosphere is electrifying with music and lighting effects creating a superb night of entertainment for cycling and non-cycling fans alike.
The Revolution is now getting ready for its fourth season and with more star riders and a unique feel to each event it continues to attract capacity crowds to the Manchester Velodrome. Revolution is already laying the foundations for the future with its future stars series and with exciting plans for Season 4 the Revolution will only get better.
Because of the absence of the elite sprinters (Sydney World Cup) some Junior sprinters (male/female) from Great Britain, France, Germany and Holland came to Manchester for Revolutions 14. The women ride an omnium: 200 metre and 3 sprint races. We raced a Sprint, Clash (for the sprint losers) and a Keirin.
Revolution also had endurance races and Future Stars races. Some great names stand on the endurance list, like Gilberto Simoni and Yaroslav Popovych. They did a Italian Pursuit (1.75Km), Elite Devil/Scratch (6 km.) race and Scratch (15km.).
From Germany Sacha Hubner, Tobias Wachter (m), Hannah Welte, Charleen Delev (f) came to Manchester. Ghislain Boiron, Nicolas Bourin (m), Sandie Clair (f) were the France riders. The British riders were Jason Kenny, Christian Lyte, Dave Daniell, Josh Hargreaves, Pete Mitchell, Steven Hill (m) and Anna Blyth, Lucy Ayres, Becky James, Jess Varnish (f). Holland sent Yorick Bos (me), Jeffrey Kuipers (m) and Elise van Hage, Anouk Ligthart (f).
The day began with the 200 metre flying for the women. Anouk Lighthart came into the track first. The rider from Holland set a time of 12.97, not her personal best, but she was satisfied with the time. 2nd rider from Holland was Elise van Hage, World Champion Scratch, 2nd on the Points race, and two times European Champion. She did the 200 metre in 12.47, also not her PR. Last rider in the track was Anny Blyth, World Champion Junior Keirin. She set an impressive time of 11.590!.
Blyth during the 200 metre flying
Further results of the sprints against eachother:
SheCycles.com Girls Sprint Omnium 1
Heat 1: Anna Blyth
Heat 2: Lucy Ayres
Heat 3: Jess Varnish
SheCycles.com Girls Sprint Omnium 2
Heat 1: Lucy Ayres
Heat 2: Sandie Clair
Heat 3: Anna Blyth
SheCycles.com Girls Sprint Omnium 3
Heat 1: Charleen Delev
Heat 2: Elis van Hage
Heat 3: Anna Blyth
As said before, the Junior Men did a Sprint, Clash and a Keirin. Unfortunately we didn’t do a 200 metre, I think I could have set an new Personal Record.
In the Sprint Series I had to race against World Champion Jason Kenny, and Josh Hargreaves. I did my best, but it wasn’t enough. As expected, I finished third. Kenny won, Hargreaves second.
Revolution Sprint Round 1 (4 x 3)
Heat 1: Sacha Hubner
Heat 2: Dave Daniell
Heat 3: Ghislain Boiron
Heat 4: Jason Kenny
Revolution Sprint Semi-Finals
Semi Final 1: Jason Kenny
Semi Final 2: Dave Daniell
Revolution Sprint Final
So I had to ride the Clash. With 8 riders in the track. I finished sixth. I could have done better. At the end everyone lost speed, except me. So If the race would have been longer…
The last race was Keirin. Two heats. In my heat I finished fifth.
I had a great time, and I hope I will ride something like this soon again.