The newly expanded five-round 2013-14 Revolution track series, which involves three rounds in Manchester, one in Glasgow and a finale in London, kicked off in front of a sell-out crowd at the National Cycling Centre on Saturday evening.
A mixture of world-class women and men riders – both endurance and elite – provided a huge variety of action with Laura Trott, Dani King, Jo Rowsell and Elinor Barker all riding for Wiggle-Honda while Hannah Barnes, Jess Varnish and Becky James all took part.
Another Team GB Olympic rider Jason Kenny was on top form in the sprints, while Varnish brought one of the biggest cheers of the night by winning the UCI Sprint. For the first time in the history of the Revolution Series UCI points were up for grabs along with points in the Elite Championship.
In the HOY Future Stars, Sophie Capewell (HMT-Sportscover) was the strongest individual rider with an impressive 78 points. Joe Truman (Rapha Condor JLT) leads the Boys’ competition with 80 points.
Riding for the newest team in the competition, the Telegraph All Stars, Burke and Doull proved the strongest pairing in a high-class field of riders with Team Sky, Madison Genesis and Rapha Condor JLT all represented.
The preceding afternoon session contained a mixture of UCI racing and one Elite Championship event – the Flying Lap. King won the points race, beating Anastasia Chulkova into second place with support from her Wiggle Honda team-mates Trott, Rowsell and Barker.
Ed Clancy (Rapha Condor JLT) began the new series as he ended the last – with victory in the flying lap in 13.358 seconds – the first Elite Championship event of the day came in the last race of the afternoon session.
Luke Rowe took an impressive victory in the elimination race in the evening – before a massive cheer went up when Varnish won that UCI Sprint Final, beating compatriot James into second.
Clancy served up yet another victory in an enthralling UCI scratch race – the final Elite Championship event of the night.
Television highlights of the action will be shown on BT Sport 2 on Tuesday, October 29, from 7.30pm.
The next round of the 2013-14 Revolution track series takes place at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow on Saturday, November 30.
Owain Doull and Steven Burke