Olympic Pursuit Champion Bradley Wiggins makes his return to track racing at Revolution on November 17.
The T-Mobile professional has had a long season on the road but is now focussing on the track and will be using races like Revolution and the Ghent six day to provide crucial competitive racing as part of his preparation for the World Championships and Olympics next year.
“Revolution will be my first time racing competitively since the World Championship earlier this year so I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I’m preparing at the moment looking to the long term with the World Championships and Olympics next year and am doing three long sessions a week.”
“I’m basically trying to replicate the Australian training camp which a lot of the other GB riders are on,” he continued. “I won’t be doing any of the World Cups so races like Revolution and Ghent will be perfect for me and form part of my training and preparation.”
The Ghent six day will also provide Wiggins the opportunity to pair up with Mark Cavendish for the first time establishing a partnership that could prove crucial for the Olympics, “I’ll be riding Ghent with Mark. I’ve never ridden with him before so it will provide some important technical experience. The plan will be to stay out of trouble and get some good racing experience together.”
The Ghent six starts a few days after the Revolution event so Wiggins will be able to hone his track skills at the Manchester Velodrome before making the trip to Belgium. The event will see some of the world’s best challenge the British champion including World Points Champion Juan Llaneras, World Madison Champion Franco Marvulli, 2006 World Points Champion Peter Schep and recent winner of the Amsterdam Six Day Iljo Keisse.
With this line up Wiggins will have plenty of opportunity to test his form and will be looking to make an impact in his first race of the track season, “The Revolution is always a special evening and well attended. I like doing one or two a season to make an impact so I’m looking forward to the racing again.”
Tickets for Revolution on November 17 are on sale at www.cyclingrevolution.com or by calling 0845 686 0105 or 0161 223 2244.