REVOLUTION ROCKS TO NEW FORMAT
Craig Maclean was the star of the show on his return to track action at the first round of the Revolution Series on Saturday evening, claiming wins in the sprint and the Keirin.
The 37-year-old led his Slicks team to second place on the overall standings with his performances, although the winning team of the evening was Rob Hayle's Forza.
Top performances from youngsters Hannah Barnes and Harriet Owen in the Future Stars Point Race and Hayles himself, who combined with Leon Van Bon to dominate the 1km Madison time trial.
So dominant was Barnes too, she went on to win the senior women's National Trophy cyclo-cross race the following day at Mallory Park despite being still just 16-years-old.
Other highlights from the first round of the Series included Geraint Thomas leading out his Rollers team-mate - and Belgian Six-day legend - Iljo Keisse to victory in the scratch race.
"He's extremely strong and he's the perfect man for a lead-out," Keisse said of Thomas.
"He did an awesome job in the scratch race and also in the points race, I'm very impressed by his power...we just look at each other, we have the same jersey and when we see that somebody is close to us we can help each other, we don't have to say so much, we know what we have to do."
The Forza team of Hayles holds a slender advantage over the Slicks team of Maclean after round one and Hayles was pleased with his performance and the latest innovation.
"This new format is great," said Hayles, "we all just take the mick out of each other, it's all about enjoying it, you've got to enjoy it because it's a hobby and if you don't enjoy your hobby what are you doing it for?"
The Revolution Series continues on December 5 at Manchester Velodrome.
1 Forza 10
2 Slicks 8
3 Pacers 7
4 Rollers 6
5 Dynamo 5
6 Vitesse 4
7 Tempo 3
8 Flyers 2
ENJOY AN EVENING WITH THE DOWNINGS
There are a few tickets remaining for An Evening With The Downings in Rotherham this Saturday [November 21].
Local lads Ben Swift and Adam Blythe join brothers Dean and Russell Downing to celebrate the end of the season in style.
Eurosport commentator David Harmon is MC for the night, with a Q&A session with the riders followed by a charity auction in aid of the Geoff Thomas Foundation. "I met Geoff at the Revolution a couple of years back, and hopefully he is coming along to the evening," said Dean.
And there are some tasty artefacts up for grabs, including a signed Contador yellow jersey, courtesy of Condor Cycles, and a full Rapha team kit. But Cycling Weekly scribe Chris Sidwells has dug out possibly the most intriguing object: a 1961 signed postcard from a certain Mr Tommy Simpson.
You are also advised to wear your best dancing shoes. Tickets, priced £20, are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. or see www.fusion-media.co.uk/russdowning.
DAY ON FORM IN BELGIAN MUD BATH
Britain's Gabby Day proved that she is in peak condition at the moment, riding to an impressive eighth place in the opening round of the women's Superprestige race in Gavere yesterday.
Run in thick, Flemmish mud, Katie Compton escaped to take her third consecutive win at Gavere with world champion, Marianne Vos, in second.
Gabby Day took her finest result of the year with eighth place, beating Pavla Havlikova - who won the second round of the GVA Trofee series in Oudenaarde - in the process.
CYCLING TO GIBRALTAR FOR SOME FESTIVE FUNDRAISING
Geoff Eggar, a member of the Epsom Cycling Club, will be cycling over 1,500 miles to Gibraltar this festive season in aid of Cancer Research and Macmillan Cancer Support.
The route involves many challenges, not least of which will see Eggar carrying some 30kg of clothing, equipment and spares and riding with no support team.
"Lack of daylight and the vagaries of the weather will make this an unpredictable journey with a tight schedule, pre-booked hotels means there can be no slacking between legs," said Eggar.
"So while you are tucking into your Christmas feast, think of me cycling from Castres to Perpignan - all 120 miles!"
You can follow Eggar's progress on www.twitter.com/adiero or via www.gmmcmptrs.com/to-gibraltar
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