INTERVIEW: CHRISTIAN GRASMANN OF RUDY PROJECT RACING TEAM
Are you excited about bringing the Rudy Project Racing Team to the Revolution Series?
I'm very excited and so are all the riders on the team. We are working hard to be in the best possible shape for it and it's great to be involved. For us being invited to compete at Revolution is a recognition of the team's achievements and a really big boost.
What has your team been doing this year - what are the highlights so far?
We have been racing on the track in Australia and in the US, with more than 30 victories across stage races and criteriums. We also won the Madison and Points Race at the German Track Championships. The six-day season is also about to begin for us. But one of the highlights is being asked to ride at Revolution, which makes us really proud.
You've raced at Revolution before: What do you like about the event?
Mostly I like the clear competition: there is just the fight. It's not so much about tactics on the track. You can only go for it. We have a saying in German: to give it "full gas" – that's what Revolution is all about. The event has a great reputation and the crowds are always really enthusiastic. It's a good feeling knowing that we're going to be part of it.
Which British riders do you most enjoy competing against on the track?
I have really enjoyed riding with Dean Downing (Rapha Condor Sharp) in the past. But I've noticed how strong all the young British riders are. You can only admire the amount of talented cyclists that Britain is producing.
The appetite for cycling is growing all the time in the UK: is it the same in Germany?
I have to say what's going on in UK with cycling is amazing! We try to bring some of that spirit back with us and to the racing scene in Germany. There are a lot of Germans who are very passionate about cycling, and live for it – but Germany is also the country of cars, football, Formula 1 and winter sports.
Unfortunately there is not much live TV coverage of big cycling events, at least on terrestrial TV and there are also fewer six-day races than a few years ago. So there's no doubt the culture of cycling is different in Germany.
What will be your team's target for the Revolution Series Season 10? What about your personal aims?
We are racers and we want to win – that's what we are training for. I guess it's about fighting together, celebrating together and making the races a pleasure for the audience to watch. I am very much looking forward to it.
Revolution Series Season 10 dates:
Round 1: Saturday 27th October, National Cycling Centre, Manchester - SOLD OUT
Round 2: Saturday 1st December, Manchester - SOLD OUT
Round 3: Saturday 5th January, Manchester - SOLD OUT
Round 4: Saturday 2nd February, Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow - BUY TICKETS