The speed levels will be taken up a gear at Revolution 8 on February 26 as British sprint star Victoria Pendleton will attempt to beat the women’s Kilo world record. Pendleton is clearly on form following her two silver medals at the Manchester World Cup, in the Sprint and 500 m TT, as well as a gold medal in the Keirin at the LA World Cup.
Making the step up will be difficult for Pendleton, but she has been training hard over 500 m and hopes that she will have the speed and power to last the Kilo. "I've been training over 500 m and Craig MacLean has been helping me to improve my power," she said, adding, "I haven't actually done a Kilo so it is going to be interesting!"
The current record was set by Sally Boyden at the Manchester Velodrome back on September 5, 1995. Pendleton hopes to shave a couple of seconds off Boyden’s time of 1m 14.180 secs but realises it won't be easy. "I am going to aim to go about 2 seconds faster than the record so I'm hoping for about a 1.12. It’s going to be tough but it will be great going for it at Revolution. There should be a big crowd so hopefully they will get behind me and spur me on."
Pendleton’s record attempt will be one part of the Revolution 8 programme, also including a Great Britain versus Germany Team Sprint and all star Revolution Madison. Unfortunately, one absentee from the Madison will be Olympic medallist Bradley Wiggins. Due to Brad’s extensive road race programme he will be unable to ride as previously announced and will be riding Het Volk instead.
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