The Revolution Series aims to provide a competitive environment for Britain’s best track cyclists to develop their talent, and to provide fans with thrilling, world-class track cycling entertainment. There are three parts to the event: Elite Championship, the Future Stars and for the first time in 2013-14, UCI-sanctioned racing.
I arrived in London extra early to make the most of my time before the event started and managed to visit Rapha, Kinoko, Condor and Look Mum No hands before realising how quickly the time had gone. I left Stratford station and followed the arrows towards the Olympic Park. Within minutes of leaving the station I was greeted by smiley and helpful volunteers, guiding guests all the way to the velodrome. Very reminiscent of my last visit, for the London Prepare event. As I entered the velodrome, the UCI men were putting in their flying laps. The velodrome was already alive with sounds of excited fans and Hugh Porter’s voice resonating off the boards.
I attended day two of the racing and at this stage of the event, Laura Trott’s dominance was already present. She had won all three of the Omnium events available on the Friday evening, almost certainly securing herself the Omnium win. She was determined to win and was showing no sign of weakness or fatigue. At the end of Saturday evenings session, she had won all six events and rode the perfect Omnium. Laura was easily the highlight of my trip to the Revolution Series. At the age of 21 she has achieved so much already and I cannot wait to see what records she can break in the future!
Another highlight of the event was witnessing Jason Kenny and Francois Pervis battling it out once again. A few weeks before this event at the UCI World Track Championships in Cali, Pervis stripped Kenny of his Rainbow stripes in the men’s Keirin. Kenny lost the first round to Pervis but managed to beat him in the second by repeating a tactic his used at the 2012 Olympics against Gregory Bauge. I saw Robert Förstemann using this same tactic. It is certainly a crowd-pleaser and makes for a spine tingling few minutes. Pervis is in much better form at the moment and proceeded to the finals with Scottish rider, Callum Skinner. Callum rode well and even managed to make a speedy manoeuvre on Pervis but the shear speed was too much the Scotsman and Pervis left victorious!
I would highly recommend attending the Revolution Series to everyone, especially if you haven’t seen track cycling before. The mixture of events and riders at the series makes for an amazing experience and you will certainly leave with much more knowledge of the world of track cycling. One unexpected moment that I won’t forget, watching Chris Hoy walk past me and vault the barriers to get the podium. Those barriers were pretty tall!