Welshman Geraint Thomas makes first appearance on the boards since 2012, taking part in the Revolution Series in London and Glasgow in November
The 29-year-old Welshman helped Great Britain to a gold medal in the team pursuit at the 2012 Olympic Games, and returns to the scene of his triumph in London on November 14 for round three of the series.
“It will be my first time back to the velodrome since the Olympic Games so it’s going to be a bit surreal but I’m really looking forward to it,” said Thomas.
After reacquainting himself with top-level track racing in the capital, Thomas will then appear at Revolution round four in Glasgow on November 28.
Last week, Thomas withdrew his name from the list of Great Britain riders taking part in the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, currently under way in Richmond, USA. He cited fatigue after a long and successful season that kicked off in January at the Tour Down Under in Australia, and finished at the Vuelta a España in Spain in September. Thomas gets married in early October.
“It’s going to be a bit of a shock to the system to get back on the boards after my end of season break but I love a challenge so I’ll give it a good crack and try and get some points on the board for the team,” Thomas said.
Watch: Geraint Thomas – where it all began
Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford said last week that Thomas will be focussing on stage racing rather than the Classics in 2016. Despite his return to the velodrome this winter, it’s highly unlikely that Thomas will be representing GB on the track at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
According to event organiser Face Partnership, Thomas will be on hand at the London and Glasgow rounds of Revolution to sign copies of his forthcoming book, The World of Cycling According to G.
Revolution 2015-16 season dates
August 14-16 – Derby Velodrome, Derby (already taken place)
October 24 – National Cycling Centre, Manchester
November 14 – Lee Valley VeloPark, London
November 28 – Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow
January 2 – National Cycling Centre, Manchester
January 23 – National Cycling Centre, Manchester