New MBEs Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Jason Kenny and Victoria Pendleton are to appear at the next Revolution track meeting on January 10, along with Paralympian Sarah Storey OBE, who will compete in the elite women’s racing.
Olympic sprint champion Pendleton will ride in a sprint omnium and will have plenty of opportunity to show her speed across five rounds including a 200m time trial, two sprints, a keirin and a 500m time trial.
Also hoping to get a slice of the action will be Anna Blyth, rising star Jess Varnish and guest Spanish sprinter Helena Casa Roige.
One of the highlights of the men’s events is set to be the 1km Madison time trial. Ed Clancy and Steven Burke have dominated the event this season, inching ever closer to the record of 54.549 seconds set by Chris Hoy and Arnaud Tournant at Revolution 20 in 2008.
At the last Revolution on December 6, Burke and Clancy clocked 54.666 seconds and the pair are confident they can go even faster. They will face a new challenge at Revolution 23, with Jason Kenny teaming up with Geraint Thomas.
Clancy, however, isn’t threatened by his new rivals. “I know that Jason Kenny wants to get in on the action and has teamed up with Geraint,” he said. “We’ll show them who’s boss and put them in their places.
“We should get close (to the record) and last time were only a few hundredths of a second off. It’d be good to beat them and set a new record.”
Revolution 23 is sold out, but highlights will be available to watch on Channel M. Tickets for the Revolution on 21st February are selling out fast and can be bought from http://www.cyclingrevolution.com.