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Track Cycling News & Racing Round-up, Sunday, November 7, 2010

Date published:
November 07, 2010, 0:00 GMT
  • Revolution series kicks off this weekend

    Sir Chris Hoy close up
    Article published:
    October 22, 2010, 10:50 BST
    Cycling News

    Hoy, Edgar and Daniell line up in Manchester

    The popular UK track series Revolution will kick off its eighth season this Saturday, 23 October, in Manchester with the first of four meets.

    The opening night is shaping up to be a battle between England and Scotland, with the two countries' best sprinters going head-to-head in the team sprint. Scotland's Sir Chris Hoy, Ross Edgar and Chris Pritchard will race against England's Jason Kenny, David Daniell and Matt Crampton, giving fans a chance to see what might have been had the two teams decided to race at the recent Commonwealth Games.

    David Daniell, who came second in the keirin at the Commonwealth Games, said: "I'm still buzzing after winning silver and I'm feeling really good going into the Revolution event. The England versus Scotland race is bound to be hotly contested with a line-up like that and should be a great one for the crowd to watch. I just hope they'll be cheering for England."

    Sir Chris Hoy will be using the race to fine-tune his form for the European Championships in November. "The first event will play a part in the build up to the European Championships so I'm looking forward to racing in front of the Revolution crowds once again," he said.

    The sprinters will also race for their sponsored teams in other events. Team Sky, Rapha-Condor-Sharp, Motorpoint-Marshsalls Pasta and Max Gear will all be represented, with riders such as Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Chris Newton and Dean Downing.

    The Revolution season 8 will continue with events on 20 November, 11 December and 15 January, all at the Manchester velodrome.

  • Hoy's Euro champs preparations on track

    Scotland at the ready for the team sprint.
    Article published:
    October 26, 2010, 3:19 BST
    Cycling News

    Keirin and Kilo king aiming for crown in Poland

    Sir Chris Hoy's preparations for the European track championships appear on track after the Scot powered through the programme at Saturday night's Revolution 29 meeting in Manchester.

    The multiple Olympic champion beat emerging talent David Daniell in the championship sprint before overcoming Jason Kenny in the final of the Keirin. He then joined Ross Edgar and Chris Pritchard as Scotland took on England in a team sprint that the English won in a close contest.

    The news of the night for British fans was Hoy's scintillating form however, which puts him in good stead for the European titles after missing the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

    On Sunday British Cycling announced its squad for the meet in Pruszków, Poland, which gets underway on November 5. Included in the team are fellow sprinters Matt Crampton, Jason Kenny and Ross Edgar plus Victoria Pendleton in the women's ranks.

    The event in Poland is also the first qualification event for the London Olympics in 2012, where Hoy is expected to headline the Great Britain charge on home turf with Pendleton, both of whom won gold in Beijing two years ago.

    It also signals a turn in fortunes for the 34-year-old Edinburgh native, who battled injury throughout 2009 and just two months ago was involved in a car accident that left his £80,000 Jaguar in a heavily damaged state.

    Great Britain team for European Track Championships, November 5-7:

    Men's sprint: Matt Crampton, Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Ross Edgar
    Men's endurance: Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Alex Dowsett, Jason Queally, Luke Rowe, Andy Tennant
    Women's sprint: Victoria Pendleton, Jess Varnish
    Women's endurance: Katie Colclough, Wendy Houvenaghel, Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott

  • Victoria Pendleton talks about her track sprinting demons

    Two time world champ Victoria Pendleton (GBr).
    Article published:
    October 26, 2010, 13:51 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    British sprinter begins long qualification process for her final Olympics

    Women’s track sprinting world champion Victoria Pendleton has admitted she is already feeling the weight of expectation for the London 2012 Olympics, revealing she mentally struggles to savour the emotions of success.

    "It's probably something to do with being a little bit mental. I have quite vivid dreams and it usually involves fighting, death, being chased,” Pendleton explained in a revealing interview in the Guardian newspaper.

    “Dreaming of being chased by some killer is normal for me. There's a lot of tension and stress in what I do and so I'll always have these dreams of struggle and trying to escape. It's totally fine. It's just my conscious and subconscious having a little chat."

    “The fact that I'm already having all these bad dreams about being chased is a bit worrying. I'm always being chased by a monster. Sometimes the monster is a killer or a murderer. It doesn't really matter because I know exactly what that monster is as it hunts me down. The monster's got a big 2012 written all over it."

    Retire at the top

    Pendleton begins the long process of qualifying for London 2012 at next week’s European Track Championships in Pruszkow, Poland. She has already won eight world titles on the track and won gold in the sprint in Beijing.

    Following the introduction of gender equality in cycling for 2012, Pendleton has a chance to equal Sir Chris Hoy’s Beijing achievement of winning three gold medals in the sprint, team sprint and keirin. It is the cause of her nightmares but she wants to defeat her demons so she can retire at the very top.

    “I've watched so many people winning gold and I've felt so emotional but, when it was me up there, I was numb. It felt like I wasn't even there,” she admitted.

    "But I'm putting myself through it again in 2012 because I owe it to myself – and to my friends and family and coaches. I want to...

  • Rasmussen and Mørkøv top the bill at Revolution Championship

    Alex Rasmussen and Michael Mørkøv took home the World Cup in the Madison.
    Article published:
    November 01, 2010, 17:17 GMT
    Cycling News

    Danish pair the star attactions in Manchester on November 20

    Danish track riders Alex Rasmussen and Michael Mørkøv will be the star attractions at the next round of the Revolution Championship at the Manchester Velodrome on November 20. The Saxo Bank pair tops the bill at the Revolution 30, where they will be joined by a host of names from the six-day circuit, including Franco Marvulli, Leif Lampater, Christian Grassman and Sebastian Donadio.

    Rasmussen is the reigning scratch race world champion, while in 2009 he also captured the rainbow jersey in the Madison when partnered with his fellow countryman Mørkøv. The duo also has a strong partnership in six day racing, while both men have demonstrated their burgeoning pedigree on the road in 2010 as part of Bjarne Riis’ Saxo Bank squad. Mørkøv was third in the Danish time trial championship, while Rasmussen took two stages at the Four Days of Dunkirk.

    "The endurance field at the next Revolution will be one of the strongest we've had at an event," said event director James Pope. "Morkov and Rasmussen are a class act, so we're expecting them to make an immediate impact on the Championship. With such an exciting and attacking field of international riders, joined with the calibre of British riders, Revolution 30 is set to be a display of endurance brilliance."

    As well as facing stiff competition from some of the biggest names of six day racing, the Danish pair will also have to withstand the motivated challenge of a number of British riders at the event. Junior Madison world champions Simon Yates and Dan McLay will have the opportunity to compete against the best on the boards in Manchester, while riders of the class of Rob Hayles and Alex Dowsett will also feature.

    The eighth Revolution series got underway on October 23, and there will be two more meetings to come after November 20’s event, on December 11 and January 15.

  • European Championships usher in new era for track cycling

    Victoria Pendleton earned the only women's sprint gold medal available in Beijing. She will be able to contest 3 golds in London in 2012.
    Article published:
    November 05, 2010, 9:22 GMT
    Cycling News

    Event to duplicate schedule for 2012 Olympic Games

    Track cycling will have its first taste of the 2012 Olympic Games schedule at the first European Championships in Pruszkow, Poland, this weekend. The event is the first to reflect the sweeping changes that were made by the UCI, which bring gender equity to the number of races but sacrifice many of the endurance events.

    The schedule includes men's and women's team sprint, team pursuit, individual sprint, omnium and keirin, but also adds the Madison, which is not part of the Olympic programme.

    UCI president Pat McQuaid commented on the changes to Eurosport this week, explaining that gender equity was the driving force behind the move. "We felt that if we wanted to develop the sport around the world then we had to have equality between the men's and the women's events," added McQuaid. "And we were told by the International Olympic Committee that we needed more equality in the sport.

    "Some people are happy with the decision and some people are not but you are always going to get that," he said.

    The elimination of the individual pursuit, points race and Madison from the Olympic Games limits the role of the endurance athletes to the team pursuit and omnium, greatly favoring the sprinters who get individual glory in the sprint and keirin as well as a chance to shine in the team sprint.

    "We felt that track cycling has traditionally and historically been sprint cycling. There are plenty of spectators who want to see the sprint events on the track so we made that decision."

    Nations will also be limited to just one rider per nation per individual event, meaning there will be huge pressure on athletes from nations like Britain, Australia, France and Germany to make the team.

    McQuaid explained the rationale behind the limit. "The decision to bring in the one rider per nation was done for reasons of introducing the sport to more nations," added McQuaid.

    "But having more than one rider from a country in an event...

  • Tickets on sale next week for British Track Cycling World Cup

    The British team pursuit squad was unstoppable at the Beijing Olympics.
    Article published:
    November 05, 2010, 20:20 GMT
    Bike Radar

    Manchester hosting World Cup round in February

    British Cycling members can snap up "early bird" tickets for the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester from next Friday, November 12.

    The event on February 18-20, 2011 will see the cream of homegrown talent take on international stars in a battle for the coveted rainbow stripes - with the added incentive that it's a qualifier for the 2012 Olympics.

    Tickets for the event at Manchester Velodrome are expected to sell out after they go on sale to the public later next week on November 15.

    For the latest news on the Track Worlds, check out British Cycling's Track World Cup Twitter feed. For membership details, visit

  • Hoy admits "silly" mistake caused European Championship elimination

    Chris Hoy (Great Britain) was the fastest in qualifying but his championships unravelled in the next round.
    Article published:
    November 06, 2010, 17:44 GMT
    Barry Ryan

    Ireland's Felix English shocks Hoy in 1/16 finals

    Chris Hoy (Great Britain) suffered a shock defeat to Ireland's Felix English in the first round of the sprint at the European Track Championships and admitted that he lost as a result of a "silly" blunder.

    The British rider moved three bike lengths clear of English and then slowed down, thinking that he had won the race. But as Hoy began to soft pedal, English caught and then passed the four-time Olympic champion to cause the biggest upset of the championships.

    "I wasn't expecting anything, sitting at the front waiting for him to go," English said afterwards. "He hit me hard and pulled a big gap, but he floated up the back straight, I kept my speed up, he didn't look round and I caught him by surprise."

    Hoy was ultimately beaten by a wheel at the line and thus eliminated from the championships. The Scot had skipped the Commonwealth Games in order to focus on the European Championships due to the Olympic qualification points on offer, and he was disappointed to have made such a fundamental error.

    "It wasn't a tactical error, it was something that should never have happened, something stupid that I hope never happens again," Hoy said. "It was just silly, you have to be aware that you don't want to waste energy but you have to give him enough respect to make sure you finish first."

    Hoy's frustration was compounded by the knowledge that he was in championship-winning form. He set the fastest time in qualifying for the sudden death section, while English was the slowest of the 24 qualifiers from the heats, over a second down.

    "When you are up against an opponent who is one second slower, 99 times out of a hundred you know it's going to be straightforward and you don't want to waste energy because there is a lot of racing to come and if you smoke it and win by 50m it looks disrespectful," Hoy said.

    "I went from the front, put an 85 percent jump in, got a big gap then shut it down. He looked so far back I thought...

  • Vogel caps comeback with silver in track sprint

     Sandie Clair (France) edges out Kristina Vogel (Germany).
    Article published:
    November 07, 2010, 14:30 GMT
    Cycling News

    German woman was in induced coma in 2009 after training crash

    Kristina Vogel has continued her nearly miraculous comeback from an induced coma in May 2009 by winning a silver medal this weekend at the European track championships. The 20-year-old German took second place in the women's sprint Saturday behind Frenchwoman Sandie Clair.

    “She consistently looked for her chances. That was tactically and competitively very strong,” said German trainer Detlef Uibel.

    In May 2009, Vogel was hit by a van during a training ride. She suffered a broken vertebra, a double broken jaw, and fractures of the arm and hand, as well as losing all but six of her lower teeth. She was place in an induced coma for two days.

    She returned to racing in March of this year, and at the German championships won gold in the 500 metre, spring and keirin. She also rode in the World Championships in Copenhagen. She has won multiple gold medals in both European and World championships as a junior.

    Vogel has undergone multiple operations, including dental implants. When she returned to riding this spring, Uibel said, “It is a miracle to me that she is even in the saddle again.”