Olympic, World and National cycling champions converge on London for Revolution Champions League final round
Following on from its inaugural event in Manchester, the Revolution Cycling Champions League returns this weekend, with London’s Lee Valley Velodrome hosting the final round of competition.
This weekend’s racing will see Britain’s most successful female Olympian, Laura Kenny, return to racing for the first time since the Rio Games.
The competition will run across three sessions this Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd December; Kenny, who won two Gold Medals in Rio, will return to represent her domestic team Matrix Fitness RT. The London venue holds happy memories for Kenny, as it is where she first tasted Olympic success, having won her other two gold medals here at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Kenny will be competing in the event alongside Elinor Barker, Matrix Fitness RT teammate and fellow Olympic gold medallist in Rio.
The 24-year-old said: “I’m really excited to be back racing again. I’d taken some time off after Rio as the year leading up to the Olympics was very full on with training and I needed a break after it but I’m looking forward to getting back on my bike and enjoying racing after the pressure of Rio.
She added: “I know the others won’t make it an easy race back for me, but it’ll be great fun and even better it will be in front of a home crowd.”
Kenny and her Matrix Fitness RT teammates Emily Kay and Elinor Barker will be chasing the Podium Ambition team, who built a sizeable lead last week in Manchester. Their line-up of Neah Evans, Katie Prankard and Danni Khan, will look to defend the challenge of second placed Voxwomen.
Fellow Olympian Ed Clancy will also compete in the men’s Champions League for JLT Condor, whom currently lead the championship facing tough competition from World Points Race champion Jon Dibben.
Fresh from their victory in Manchester, the formidable JLT Condor pairing of Clancy and Jon Mould will again take to the boards in London, looking to defend their 27-point lead over second placed Team Pedalsure. Britain’s Andy Tennant will represent Team Pedalsure this weekend joined by multiple Six Day winner Iljo Keisse.
New for the Revolution Champions League format, the event features some of best riders from the WorldTour. British outfit, Team Sky, will be fielding the home pairing of Andy Fenn and recent Tour of Britain stage winner Ian Stannard. Representing Orica-Bike Exchange will be Sam Bewley and Christian Meier. Irishman Ryan Mullen and Patrick Bevan will be competing for Cannondale Drapac.
Joining them on the night will be the young riders of the HOY Future Stars competition, which gives will see teams comprising of the most promising young cycling talent in the country compete. They will be watched by six times Olympic Gold medal winner Sir Chris Hoy, who will be on hand to present an award to the winning boy and girl who has amounted the most points across the championship. The HOY Future Stars competition is lead by Ellie Russell of Revolution All Stars and Jim Brown of Maloja Pushbikers.
Buy your tickets to the Grand Final of the Revolution Champions League this weekend here!
The Saturday evening session will be live on Eurosport UK from 19:15 GMT, more details here.