Queen of the track Victoria Pendleton returned to Manchester velodrome on Saturday night and swept away the competition.
Olympic sprint champion Pendleton was one the Beijing stars in attendance at Revolution 23, where she won every event she took part in to sweep the board in the women’s sprint omnium.
The sell-out crowd gave Pendleton a rousing reception, before witnessing her set a blistering pace in the flying 200-metre time trial. She then continued with wins in both sprint rounds, the 500-metre time trial and Keirin. Despite strong performances from Anna Blyth, Helen Scott, Jess Varnish and Spanish rider Helena Casa Roige, the rest of the field were fighting it out for second place in Pendleton’s wake.
Another highlight of the evening was the Italian Pursuit, where two mixed teams were pitted against each other – and each team included a star from the world of Rugby League, as Denis Betts and Mike Foreshaw donned Lycra and took to the boards. Needless to say, it was the team containing Pendleton that won.
The final installment of the 2008/09 Revolution series takes place on February 21.