From the best in the world to not even the best in his training group, Jason Kenny knows he has a lot of work to do ahead of his Revolution return.
The 29-year-old had more than a year away from full-time training but is now back in the British Cycling fold and preparing for his track comeback.
With Kenny confirmed to ride the final round of the Revolution Series’ 15th season when it comes to Manchester on January 6, the man from Bolton is likely to be facing compatriots in flying form.
And after his track hiatus Kenny is fully aware of his current standing in the British sprinting ranks.
“Training has been going really badly with regards to my times, I think I maybe underestimated just how much I would have lost in that year off,” said the six-time Olympic champion.
“Because I was fit, I was happy with my fitness levels and I thought I could get that specificity back quite quickly – but it didn’t come back that naturally.
“I am really enjoying it but the times are taking a little bit of time to come back and hopefully they will.
“So that’s a new challenge, but the main thing is that I am enjoying it and hopefully that will continue with the times coming back too.”
Kenny is now back in full training though and keen to make up for list time, with new faces having established themselves during his absence.
The trio of Ryan Owens, Joe Truman and Jack Carlin won two World Cup gold medals in the team sprint last winter, before missing out to eventual silver medallists the Netherlands in the World Championship quarter-finals.
And with Kenny’s Rio 2016 teammates Callum Skinner and Philip Hindes also setting their sights on qualification for Tokyo 2020, he is anticipating a fight to get into the Great Britain Cycling Team – with the first round beginning at Revolution.
“In the Revolution Series our boys will be going really well, it’s on their doorstep,” he concluded.
“It will be a real challenge to get in amongst them.
“These guys on the team now are not nipping at my heels, they’re better than me at the minute.
“So racing them, Joe, Jack and Ryan will be tough.
“But this is the team and it’s a great team, it’s really motivating for me coming back - it is a bit like when I was 18 and trying to get in the team.
“Having those younger guys going so well and the team looking so good is really motivating but hopefully I’ll be able to get in it and contribute.
“Then Callum got the sprint silver in Rio and Phil Hindes has just taken up the individual sprint too, so one of his goals will be to be competitive at the World Championships – and to do that he’ll need to be going well at Revolution.”
See the world’s best road teams take on the champions of the track in the Revolution Track Cycling Series.