Triple Olympic gold medallist and defending Revolution Series Champion Ed Clancy was at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester to launch season 15 of the Revolution Series.
Tickets went on sale for the UK Championship event in Glasgow and the three Champions League rounds in London, Glasgow and Manchester at http://cyclingrevolution.eventbrite.com
“It feels great to have been part of Revolution, to be honest,” said 32-year-old Clancy.
“I remember the first race of the first series, when I was just a little kid lining up on the fence and my heroes, Bradley Wiggins and David Millar, were riding - those guys were the two big superstars of that event.
Last year the Revolution Series launched a new Champions League format that will see four Velon teams from the UCI World Tour join the Champions League events on Saturday 25th November in London, Saturday 2nd December in Glasgow and the final Champions League event on Saturday 6th January in Manchester.
“I don’t like to predict bike races. For sure it was great to win last season, and we’ll try to win it again, and the key players will probably be the track based riders, perhaps from the UK. It’s a home series and we’ll put a lot of emphasis on it.”
Clancy will once again go head to head against friend and colleague Andy Tennant, who will be back riding with his regular Team Wiggins outfit for season 15. After Clancy played a starring role at his wedding, the former world and European team pursuit champion is keen to get one over on his mate.
“There’s always a battle with ginger Ed - he was my best man so I’ve got to get him back for his best man’s speech,” said Tennant.
“I’ll have to try and get one over on him in the races, but the problem is that he’s such a good sprinter I need to get away from him.”
The women’s Championship runs alongside the men’s event - which encompasses race days at the UK’s three premier velodromes in Manchester, London and Glasgow.
Emily Kay is set to take to the boards for her new outfit, Team WNT after winning the Revolution Series’ Future Stars competition three times in her junior career.
“It’s been part of my season since I was about 13 or 14,” said the 21-year-old. “It’s just great to have the opportunity to race against other riders from Britain, but also foreign riders and do that in front of a home crowd.”
See the world’s best road teams take on the champions of the track in the Revolution Track Cycling Series. Tickets now on sale at http://cyclingrevolution.eventbrite.com