New league format for UK's Revolution Series

Youngsters and elites will work as teams

The Revolution Cycling Series returns this season with a new league format. Up-and-coming youngsters, sprinters and endurance riders will race as part of a team.

Both Future Stars and elite riders will accumulate team points across championship races at each event, which means young talent will get the chance to join heroes such as Chris Hoy and Mark Cavendish.

James Pope from organisers FACE said: “The new championship will slot neatly into the existing race programme. The races will make up about half the programme so the rest of the action will be made up of the usual Revolution events, with head-to-heads and feature races providing plenty of entertainment for the audience.”

Championship races will include male and female Future Stars events, a sprint and 200m time trial for the sprinters, and a points race and 1km madison for the endurance riders. Riders will be split into eight teams.

Rob Hayles, one of the team captains, said: “The format sounds really exciting. It will be fantastic for the young riders to be part of a team alongside the big names; I know it would have been a real inspiration for me. I just hope I can pass on enough wisdom to help my team to compete for the title.”

The new championship gets underway on Saturday 14 November, with other rounds scheduled for 5 December, 16 January and 27 February. Tickets are already selling fast. For more information, visit www.cyclingrevolution.com.

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