A shaky performance in the final round of the UK Championship wasn’t enough to knock the team off the top spot
JLT Condor won the Revolution UK Championship in Manchester at The National Cycling Centre on Saturday October 22.
The team lead by Ed Clancy didn’t win a race all night, but a consistent effort to place inside the top 4 places throughout the evening limited the damage.
“I think it’s the first Revolution in ages where I haven’t won a single race, but when Matt Rotherham rocks up,” laughs Clancy, “you’ve got absolutely no chance of winning the flying lap or the Madison Kilo.”
“We knew without Mouldy, it’d be difficult but Ali [Slater] really rose to the occasion,” said Clancy.
Clancy partnered with Alistair Slater for the evening, Slater helping the team to a third place in the Team Elimination.
“It’s been a great series again, and after missing out on everything last year, I’m just really happy to be back racing on my bike again and having fun.
“In terms of qualifying for the Revolution Champions League the pressure was off after Glasgow [Round 2], we were right up there. Tonight was about winning the UK Series, which we did with a race to go which was great,” said Clancy.
JLT Condor’s win in the Championship secured them entry to the Champions League starting in Paris on November 18/19.
Joining them in Paris will be Team PedalSure who finished second, Team Wiggins third and the Maloja Pushbikers in fourth.
Maloja won the evenings overall racing with duo Christian Grasmann and local-boy Matt Rotherham, winning three out of six possible races.
Rotherham was a surprising addition to the squad; being more used to competing in the Sprint competition there was perhaps some question around his ability in the longer endurance races. Questions he quickly diminished by winning the first race of the day, the Elimination/Scratch.
Grasmann was in full praise of teammate Rotherham saying, “The Revolution is very much a speed race, so it’s perfect for [Matt]. The strategy going into endurance races such as the Elimination was that, if he’s not suffering then we know we can go and win in these disciplines.”
But it seems their strategy was out in the open by the final race of the day. Rotherham said, “Obviously, the other guys kind of realised that they didn’t really want it to come down to a bunch sprint at the end, it got to the situation where wherever I went everyone followed.”
Having qualified for the Revolution Champions League, the pair were in high spirits, Grasmann joking, “I think when the skinny guys from the road come over, they will be really excited to see [Matt] racing, like who is this?” he laughed towards Rotherham. “But definitely, we’ll take [Matt] again.”
Neah Evans single-handedly won the evening for Podium Ambition p/b Club La Santa, winning four out of five races. Her wins didn’t come easy as she constantly faced tough competition from Italian Road Race Champion Elena Cecchini.
Ellie Dickinson of Great Britain, and past HOY Future Stars winner, was the only rider to best Evans on the evening winning the Women’s Scratch Race.
Tom Rotherham was replicating his brothers winning capabilities but in the Sprint Omnium. He beat Lewis Oliva of Team USN by one point in the overall standings.
Olympic medallist Callum Skinner and Phil Hindes followed suit in third and fourth. Hindes was involved in two photo finishes on the day, the closest of his winning margins being just five centimetres.
Ellie Russell dominated again in the HOY Future Stars girl’s competition. Her overall lead currently stands at 50 points to rival Anna Docherty.
In the boy’s competition meanwhile Alex Ridehalgh and Ethan Vernon are slowly closing the gap to leader Jim Brown who now only leads by a close 9 points.
Full results can be found here.
Tickets are still available to the Revolution Champions League visiting Manchester on 25/26 November and London on the 2/3 December via Sky Tickets.