Elite sprinters will be able to race for a whole load of wine for their Christmas celebrations at the final Revolution of 2006 at the Manchester Velodrome on December 9. Jamie Staff, Craig MacLean, Roberto Chiappa, Jan Van Eijden and Jason Kenny will all be taking part in a three-event omnium at the end of which the victorious rider will win its own weight in Ravenswood Vintners blend wine. Christian Lyte, David Daniel, Steven Hill and Tom Buck will also be involved in the omnium, but being under 18 they will not be eligible to win their weight in wine will have to settle for winning their weight in SIS products.
Sprinters are not known for their slender builds - Jamie Staff stands to gain the most from a victory as he weighs an impressive 93 kilos. "I am really looking forward to taking part in the omnium!," Staff said. "It’s going to be tough because Craig is on fire at the moment. I have to say I’m not sure that much wine would have a beneficial effect on my season next year - but I’m game. At least I won’t have to buy any Christmas presents - it’ll be wine all round at the Staff residence!"
The races within the omnium will include a three round match sprint, a 200m time trial and a keirin. With Obree, Millar, Wiggins, Marvulli and a whole host of other endurance stars signed up to compete on the night as well as a huge number of fantastic Christmas prizes to be won, the first ever "Christmas Revolution" will have plenty racing to offer.
Revolution 15 spectators are advised to get tickets in advance from www.cyclingrevolution.com.