Revolution Series Returns To London
The Revolution Series returned to Lee Valley Velodrome in Stratford on Saturday for Round 3.
It's always nice to have the event on our doorstep, we managed to get to Derby for round 1 in August but had to miss round 2 in Manchester last month due to work / life. The remaining rounds are in Manchester and Glasgow so we probably won't get to watch the event again until next year unless we can organise another train journey track cycling pilgrimage.
With Dani still on her amazing adventure in South Africa (that you've probably all been ogling over on Instagram, seriously take a look at her photos if you haven't already! ) it was to be a lone visit for me so I brought in the help of my little dude Robert for results / note taking. Though, in the true spirit of Revolution, I found he'd wandered slightly from his duties at the end of the evening and caught him through the lens in a compromising position...
I let him off though, since he'd already worked all day at the very soggy Rapha Supercross which was sadly cancelled due to bad weather, but that's another story!
Team Sky's Geraint Thomas and Pete Kennaugh were the stars of the evening, with Geraint making his first come back to track cycling since the 2012 Olympics. The pair didn't make a huge impact in the overall standings but they were definitely the fan favourites for the evening.
They joked around in the madison time trial putting them in last place, then Geraint was disqualified from the Longest Lap competition for hi-fiving fans and resting on the track railing! Chapéu!
Emily Kay dominated the elite womens races, winning the points, scratch and elimination, whilst our good friend Kiera Mcvitty placed 10th in the points race, 9th in the scratch and 6th in the elimination with the ladies of the GB academy taking top all top 5 spots.
With Laura Trott, Katie Archibald and Dani King missing from the line up it was all up for grabs, the racing took on a different pace with the GB academy riders attacking aggressively and ultimately coming out on top.
The HOY Future Stars didn't disappoint either, with aggressive racing from the outset it was definitely a memorable event.
Sadly, the racing was cut short a little earlier than planned due to a nasty crash with 5 laps to go in the Hoy Future Stars points race. The track was patched up and assessed numerous times before it was confirmed that the damage needed more thorough repairs and the racing was stopped.
Luckily everyone walked away with only minor injuries, two boys even jumped straight back into the neutralized race hoping to carry on, however this bike wasn't so lucky...
Another fun night of racing; aggressive attacks, showboating track stands and a roaring home crowd made the event a standout in the series.
Here's the overall team standings so far for the series.
With Team Pedalsure sustaining a nice lead over Maloja Pushbikers and Orica Greenedge in 3rd place.