Adam Blythe beats Ben Swift in the uniquely slow mass-start bike race at the opening round of the Revolution Series in London

Adam Blythe (NFTO) was victorious in what must rank as one of the oddest bike races: the longest lap, otherwise known as the Marymoor Crawl, during Saturday night’s Revolution Track Series opener in London.

Blythe beat Sky’s Ben Swift to take the honours in the event, which sees riders showing off their track standing skills before a frantic sprint to the line when the gun fires.

“I was expecting a countdown on the big screen,” said Ben Swift. “I had a tactic to stay back and then move slowly to the line with 10 seconds to go but this backfired when I realised we weren’t meant to know when the gun would fire to start the race.

“Adam got the jump on me and it was hard on the legs sprinting after such a long track stand. I enjoyed it though, it was a fun race.”

It’s the first time that the event has been included in the Revolution Series.

What is the Marymoor Crawl?

Ahead of its debut at this weekend's Revolution meeting in London, CW explores the history of this unique track race.