Revolution 8 has announced the participation of sprint legend Jens Fiedler on February 26 at the Manchester Velodrome. Fiedler has been a hero of track sprinting since his first Olympic gold medal in 1992, and since then has gone on to achieve five world titles and another two Olympic golds. Fiedler will quit track cycling after Revolution 8, although he already said Goodbye at the Berlin Sixday.
"It is definitely my last appearance," he said in Manchester before the race. "I officially retired at the Berlin Sixday but I had agreed to ride Revolution so I am looking forward to my last race there." In the future, Fiedler will be supporting and managing young riders in Germany. For his last race, he will be teaming up with Germans Daniel Giese and Robert Eichfeld in the feature sprint event, a Germany versus Great Britain head to head Team Sprint.
In the endurance field, Sixday stars Bruno Risi and Franco Marvulli will make their first Revolution appearance, challenging Matt Gilmore and Iljo Keisse, Alexander Aeschbach and Jimmi Madsen, Andreas Beikirch and Gerd Dorich as well as Rob Hayles and Chris Newton. These riders will fight it out in a Team Elimination Race, one-km Madison Time Trial and 20 km Madison.
Other features for the season finale include the Kilometre record attempt by Victoria Pendleton and the Revolution Future Stars competition, where current leader Steven Burke will try to hold off Andy Tennant and Adam Blythe for the crown of the first ever Revolution Future Stars Champion.