FACE Partnership, organisers of the Revolution Series, say that they are considering trialing a track stand competition, made famous at the Marymoor Grand Prix in the US, in the first round of the series at the Lee Valley Velodrome.
The contest, which is known as the Marymoor Crawl, involves riders having to hold a track stand for as long as four minutes, while trying to avoid touching the hand rail on the track, putting their foot down or crossing the start line.
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The Marymoor Grand Prix, which took place in July this year, has held the event for a number of years but gained particular notoriety across the web after this year’s video of the crawl was released.
Now Revolution will trial the novel competition, telling road.cc that they’re set to let the pros have a shot at it in round one on October 25.
“I had never heard of the race before and came across the video online and loved it,” said James Pope of FACE Partnership.
“It reminded me of the early seasons of Revolution where we used to do things like speed skaters verses cyclists, Hoy and Tournant in the Madison TT.
“These were always real crowd-pleasers so I thought replicating the Marymoor Crawl would bring a bit of fun back to the Revolution programme and balance the serious racing.
“So we are going to give it a go in London at Round 1.”
The 2014/15 Revolution series will feature the likes of Team Sky’s Ben Swift and Ian Stannard, as well as Alex Dowsett (Movistar) and Adam Blythe, who will feature alongside some of his new Orica-GreenEDGE teammates including Jack Bobridge and Jens Mouris.
Tickets for the opening round of Revolution start at £15. For more information and online booking visit the Revolution Track Series website.
Round one: October 24/25 – London
Round two: November 22 – Manchester
Round three: January 3 – Manchester
Round four: January 31 – Glasgow
Round five: February 27/28 – London
Round six: March 14 – Manchester
Alex Dowsett joins Ben Swift, Ian Stannard and Adam Blythe at Revolution Series opening round in London, October 24-25
Orica-GreenEdge will come up against WorldTour rivals Team Sky in London, Manchester and Glasgow during the 2014-15 Revolution Series
Newly-crowned Commonwealth Games champion Laura Trott to come up against World and Olympic road race champion Marianne Vos