Victoria Pendleton, the queen of British Sprinting and reigning Sprint World Champion will be racing in the first Revolution event of Season 3 on October 15, 2005 in Manchester, Great Britain. Unlike previous one-off women's events at Revolution, Victoria will be participating in the event's first women's invitation sprint omnium. She'll be up against two strong Dutch riders: Willy Kanis, 4th in the 500 Time Trial at the World Championships and reigning world BMX Champion, and Yvonne Hijgenaar, who placed one higher at the World's, coming in 3rd in the 500 TT.
Pendleton won't be the only British sprinter in Manchester though. Making up the British contingent will be the Junior World's silver medalist Anna Blyth, who will be making her first appearance in an elite women's competition having spent last season in the Girls Future Stars events.
The women will compete across a variety of events, accumulating points to ultimately decide an overall winner. The races will include a Match Sprint competition, 1 Mile Dash and a two up Team Sprint where the British and Dutch riders will work together to in a head to head competition decider.
Pendleton has been training hard and is looking forward to the challenge, saying, "It's great to have a competition across different events, because if you're going badly in one you can make it up in the others, which leads to exciting racing, particularly with only four riders - every point is crucial. It's rare to ride in front of a crowd like the one at Revolution so I always really look forward to it. Hopefully Anna and I can give the crowds something to shout about!"
Sprinting giants Chris Hoy and Theo Bos will also be racing with their respective teammates.
More information: www.cyclingrevolution.com