Guest blog: Revolution Round 2 – Manchester National Cycling Centre

Manchester National Cycling Center
Manchester Velodrome

This week, Jonny is back with a second guest post. This time with the second round of the Revolution Series held in Manchester National Cycling Center…

Jonny Sims, guest blogger
Jonny Sims, guest blogger

When Britt emailed with another chance to see The Cycling Revolution Round 2 at Manchester (tickets provided by PedalSure), I snapped her hand off. The first round at Derby was fantastic and with Manchester Velodrome being the home of British Cycling this round was due to be just as good. Unlike the Derby Velodrome which only opened in April this year, Manchester has been open since 1994. Around the velodrome is memorabilia including many bikes and framed photos from the great events that have happened here. It really is a piece of Britain’s cycling heritage and almost museum like in places, hours could be spent just looking at the photos and bikes never mind watching track cycling.

Manchester 2
Chris Boardman’s hour record bike

Unlike Round 1 which was a three day event, Round 2 was just the day with an afternoon and evening session. Not surprising really, especially after the six days of track cycling at London which was another fantastic event. Track cycling appears to be growing and growing in the UK and with all the home grown talent its no surprise. Revolution Round 2 had plenty of stars available to see, including some names I hadn’t seen on the track before. The main line up included, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Andy Tennant, Owain Doull, Elia Viviani, Ian Stannard, Adam Blythe, Laura Trott, Katie Archibald and Iljo Keisse to name a few. The event included all disciplines of track cycling including scratch race, madision time trial, Sprint Keirin, Sprint races and the ever popular Hoy future stars, a series set up for the future of British Cycling.

Laura Trott taking the scratch race victory
Laura Trott taking the scratch race victory

One of the most enthralling races of the night was the Longest Lap, a real crowd pleaser. Inspired by the Marymoor Crawl, which takes place each year at the Marymoor Grand Prix in the US, the rules to the Revolution Longest Lap are simple: riders start on the finish straight but must not cross the finish line for between 3 and 4 minutes (only the starter knows the exact time). If they put a foot down or touch another rider they are eliminated. Once the time is up, the starter’s gun is fired and the race is on – an all-out one-lap sprint for victory. There was some funny scenes as riders, such as Sir Brad, struggled with the concept of holding a track stand. They were all held for a long time and I think there was only approximately eight riders from the starting 22 left for the actual sprint lap, with Chris Latham taking the win.

The Madison Elimination Race saw Team Wiggins take a victory with the narrowest of margins. The Madision Elimination is a mind blowing race where the two riders of each team ride in the hot seat after being slung shot out by their team mate and every third lap the team of the rider at the back gets eliminated. Sounds confusing? It certainly is, and the fact they all manage to stay upright boggles my mind.

Longest lap
Longest lap

Round 2 was televised live on Eurosport, the first time for the revolution series, again proving its growing popularity. It was yet again another great night at the veodrome and it was great to see Andy Tenant from Team PedalSure take the first win of the night. It was also fantastic to see so many of the Team Wiggins riders scoring points proving that the concept behind the team and bringing up a team from the track is really working. The anticipation for team GB for Rio next year is rising by the minutes.

 **DISCLAIMER: Jonny was provided with two tickets for the Revolution Series by PedalSure who provide comprehensive cycling insurance built for You and Your bike with unrivaled personal injury insurance up to £150k.**

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