Saturday’s Revolution 22 witnessed the long awaited first outing of Chris Hoy on the boards of a British track since the Olympics.
The triple 2008 Olympic gold medallist was last to be introduced to the crowd in the star-studded roll call and was received with a standing ovation as he rolled around the Manchester track.
Hoy looked fit considering his world wide promotional programme since taking three golds in Beijing. Recently back from a holiday in Thailand he told Cycling Weekly that he’s back in training and did his first serious gym training session on Thursday.
Hoy will be looking to getting back in to shape to make it a successful Worlds in Poland next March. However, Hoy has two final engagements to keep next Sunday (December 14).
Firstly, he takes to his bike with a race against F1’s Lewis Hamilton at motorsports showpiece ‘Race of Champions’ event at Wembley stadium. The pair will then take a helicopter to Liverpool to make the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards where they are both in contention for the BBC’s prestigious title.
Revolution 22 kicked off with a 200m sprint TT which was taken by Jason Kenny. Young star Peter Kennaugh took the Devil/Scratch Race. Aussie Luke Roberts took the Points Race with Rob Hayles the Scratch Race.
The DHL Future Stars Boys events were dominated by current leader Sam Harrison, while in the girls current leader Ruby Miller did enough to consolidate the leaders jersey in the series.
Sarah Reynolds and Hannah Mayho took the elite women’s events of the points race and 6 lap dash respectively. Joanna Rowsell came out the winner in the GB v USA 1km TT event. Rowsell resplendent in her rainbow skinsuit beat American Kacey Manderfield.
Cycling Weekly sponsored the 1km Team Sprint Challenge which saw the sprint team of Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny, Ross Edgar and Crampton beat the endurance team of Steven Burke, Rob Hayles, Geraint Thomas and Ed Clancy.
Hoy pulled off two wins over the evening’s programme, beating David Daniell in the sprint final and then ending the night with a win in the invitation Keirin.
The DHL Sprint School winners Matt Rotherham and Emily Kay were invited to help in Hoy’s sprint win presentation. and then take a lap of honour with the Olympic champion.
Chris Hoy and David Daniell
Chris Hoy makes his British track return
The sprinters came out on top in the 1km challenge
World champ pursuiters couldn’t keep the sprinters at bay in the 1km challenge