Bradley McGee is the latest big name to join the star studded rider list for the next Revolution track event in Manchester, UK, on November 18th. McGee’s presence now sets up an interesting head to head with prologue rivals David Millar and Bradley Wiggins in what will be their only encounter on British soil before the Tour grand depart in London next year.
The Revolution obviously won’t provide the same challenges as the Tour prologue but a pursuit contest early in the track season is tough enough, "Pursuit is never easy, especially in November" said McGee. "In fact it’s harder in November than in any other month of the year."
This doesn’t mean to say any of these riders will accept defeat easily and McGee has ensured his condition is better than normal at this time of the year, "I’ve had a really short off season - only around 10 days, and even then I was going to the gym so I’m feeling good" he continued. "Track is a big focus this season; I’m already starting to think about Beijing and that makes me think about the 2007 Worlds..."
McGee will race against Millar, Wiggins and a fourth rider in a 3km four rider pursuit, rather than the traditional type with only two riders starting on opposite sides of the track. "A four point pursuit will be a really tough effort" said Millar. "The race will be more intense as we’ll see each other only a quarter of the track ahead. Nobody will want to be caught so it is going to be a hard race."
The Revolution roster is packed with talent aside from Millar and Wiggins, with junior world champions, and road pros Roger Hammons, Jimmy Casper, Yaroslav Popovych, and Gilberto Simoni joining in with the regulars.
For more information see www.cyclingrevolution.com.