Round 5 Report
FRIDAY EVENING: 27th February (19:00-22:30) – GB v Rest of the World
Revolution returned to London tonight for it's 50th event. A full race list welcomed some of the best track riders in the world, from Local Hero Laura Trott to Individual Pursuit World Record holder Jack Bobridge.
The Elite Men went pedal-to-pedal as the best in Great Britain faced the Rest of the World in Derny Races, Flying Laps and a 30kilometre Madison.
Glenn O'Shea and Jack Bobridge dominated the derny heats, averaging sixty five kilometres-per-hour for the thirty lap race, which according to Bobridge “blew the cobwebs out.” In the final they distanced the pack with ease, and with thirty laps left it looked like an Australian 1-2 was certain. Germaine Burton from GB refused to be rolled over, almost bridging the gap a couple of times but losing his pacer at the crucial moment. Inside the final sixteen laps Bobridge channeled his Pursuit prowess and shattered the field as the crowd exploded in cheers.
Laura Trott continued her Revolution dominance in the Elite Women's races, although Spanish rider Leire Olaberria forced a photo finish in the Scratch Race with a late surge of power. The noise from the crowd and the cheering for Trott made the winning difference. The crowd drew a sharp breath after a fast crash between Abbie Dentus and Katie Archibald, however they both managed to rejoin the pack resulting in a huge applause from the crowd.
The Sprinter's Keirin had six riders jostling for position from the gun. As the derny reached fifty kmph it looked like Kiwi Eddie Dawkin's long sprint might work, but Max Levy from Germany thumped past him on the back straight for the win.
In the Longest Lap, Levy's speed wasn't enough to stop Jeffrey Hoogland flying round the track after a ninety second track stand. The Dutch rider was in the lead from the gun, as the other racers fought for the minor positions. Kiwi sprinter Eddie Dawkins, a pre race favourite said “I was misinformed before the race and I had the wrong gear on my bike, so when the whistle went, I couldn't make the jump.”
The Men's Madison finished the first session of Revolution 50 on a high, Jasper De Buyst and Marc Hester gained a lap early on and fended off a late test from Jack Bobridge. Hester and De Buyst were the well-deserved champions in the GB vs Rest of the Word competition.
A full list of race results can be found by clicking here.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON: 28th February (13:00-16:30) – Sarah Storey Hour Record
Dame Sarah Storey has broken the C5 and Masters Hour Record in front of a sell-out crowd at Round 5 of the Revolution Series in the Lee Valley VeloPark. Storey just missing out on the women's UCI Hour Record, with a distance of 45.502.
This is the first time a C5 Best Performance has been set, but the previous Masters 35-39 Best Hour Performance of 40km 756m was held by Jacquie Lockwood (USA) from 2000, with Sarah beating it with a distance of over 45km.
The 11 time Paralympian has now broken 75 records in her career. Commenting after the race Storey said, “It's a once in a lifetime experience, the holy grail of cycling. But I won't be trying it again this week, that's for sure. The crowd were also amazing.”
Dame Sarah Storey is the new:
-Masters 35 – 39 Hour record holder
-C5 Hour record holder
An action clip from the event can be viewed here.
SATURDAY EVENING: 28th February (19:00-22:30) – Revolution Round 5
Dame Sarah Storey broke two World Records as well as a British one in her Hour Record attempt. The official distance was 45.502km, two laps short of the longest distance ever covered by a woman. Dame Sarah was a kilometre ahead of schedule after twenty minutes with some ambitious pace setting, however she faded for the next thirty minutes, gradually lowering her average speed. The crowd were on their feet for the final ten, as the pain started to become clear. Sarah picked up the pace in response but it was not enough to set the record she was aiming for. Her ride was epic, her determination was clear and the result is better than any female has managed in thirteen years.
Laura Trott continued her winning streak in the Elite Women's events, with flawless tactics in the Elimination race and a big winning margin in the Points and Scratch races. Katie Archibald and Leire Olebeirra attacked her repeatedly but Trott was just too powerful. Trott then lapped the field three times in the Derny race, in a ride that her Derny pacer thoroughly enjoyed judging by the smile on his face.
Maloja Pushbikers were put under serious pressure from Orica GreenEdge, JLT Condor and Sky in the Elite Men's Championship. Pete Kennaugh announced his arrival at Lee Valley VeloPark with a confident win in the Derny Race. Commenting on the event, Pete Kennaugh said “The crowd is really good here tonight, I think it's because my last major track competition in London was the Olympic Games in 2012, and when you're on the road most of the time, fans don't have the chance to come and see you.”In the Team Elimination Maloja Pushbikers suffered a lapse in concentration and a shock early exit. Bobridge and Ed Clancy went head to head on the final lap, but the Australian could not match Clancy's sprint, making it two event wins for JLT Condor with victory in the Madison TT also.
Australian duo Jack Bobridge and Glenn O'Shea won the weekend overall, after taking Points and Scratch race wins respectively, using excellent teamwork to eclipse the field. Jack Bobridge added “Revolution has been really fun, with a great quality field and a lot of fantastic racing. You can see by the average times and speeds that the racing is world class. Glenn and I would like to return for sure, and come back for another event.”The Hoy Future Stars performed in six scintillating races, Rhys Britton defended his lead with wins in the Points and Scratch races, but could only manage 3rd in the 6 Lap Dash, with Fred Wright claiming victory. Sophie Capewell pedaled her way up the leader board, with two wins in the Scratch and 6 Lap Dash, but Eleanor Dickinson maintained the top spot with a victory in Points Race.
Kiwi Eddie Dawkins wound a huge gear in the Match Sprint, cruising through the heats and beating Germany's Maximillian Levy two to nil in the final. Revolution Veteran Clancy won the Longest Lap after confidently approaching the line to track stand for over two minutes. He said post race that just before the gun he lost balance and used his head to stay upright at the expense of a fellow rider.
Revolution Series returns to Manchester for the final event on the 14th of March. The Men's Elite Championship and the Hoy Future Stars winners will be decided, as the velodrome hosts the 51st edition of Great Britain's premiere track racing competition. Tickets are available at www.cyclingrevolution.com and calling 0844 854 2016.
A full list of race results can be found by clicking here