Organisers have revealed an impressive line-up for the inaugural Revolution Championship, which begins on 14 November at Manchester Velodrome.
The cream of British cycling are getting involved in the track racing series, including Olympic hero Sir Chris Hoy and 2009 Tour de France star Bradley Wiggins.
Eight teams will compete in the event – the Flyers, Forza, Rollers, Slicks, Dynamo, Pacers, Tempo and Vitesse. Each will consist of a number of core riders, who will be supplemented by special guests at certain rounds.
The squads will battle it out for a share of a prize pot (the value has yet to be confirmed) at the end of the series, while the big names will receive appearance fees.
The respective team captains have been confirmed as Dean Downing, Roberto Chiappa, Chris Newton, Craig MacLean, Luke Roberts, Jamie Staff, Ed Clancy and Rob Hayles.
Organiser James Pope told BikeRadar: “We’re trying to do something new and groundbreaking in track cycling. We’re getting a real buzz from the riders already so we think it’s going to be the most exciting series yet. The format will transform… the entertainment side of track cycling, in the UK and globally.”
Here’s the provisional line-up:
Flyers: Dean Downing; Mark Christian; Jon Mould; Ian Stannard; Alex Aeschbach; Jelger Bisschop; Chris Hoy
Forza (sponsored by Dair): Roberto Chiappa; Guy East; Tom Murray; Pete Williams; Ben Swift; Franco Marvulli
Rollers (sponsored by Condor): Chris Newton; Andy Fenn; Tim Kennaugh; Geraint Thomas; Peter Schep; Matt Crampton; Itmar Esteban
Slicks (powered by USwitch): Craig MacLean; Luke Rowe: Mark McNally; Sam Harrison; Leif Lampater; Bradley Wiggins
Dynamo: Luke Roberts; Andy Magnier; Austin Carroll; Steve Cummings; Toni Tauler; Pete Mitchell; Ross Edgar
Pacers: Jamie Staff; Steven Burke; Alex Dowsett; George Atkins; Pete Kennaugh; David Millar
Tempo: Ed Clancy; Andy Tennant; Chris Whorral; Adam Blythe; Matt Goss; Dave Daniell; Chris Pritchard
Vitesse: Rob Hayles; Eric Rowsell; Dan McLay; Russell Downing; Stuart O’Grady; Jason Kenny
Mr Pope said: “We’re planning to add more riders during the season. In particular, we’ll add eight women sprinters – hopefully Victoria Pendleton will be one of them.” DHL Future Stars names will be announced in the next few weeks.
The championship gets underway on 14 November, with the remaining events scheduled for 5 December, 16 January and 27 February. For more information, visit www.cyclingrevolution.com.