Up and coming young team pursuiters from the British Academy will test their talent against experienced Spanish pursuit specialists at the next Revolution on November 17.
The British riders Andy Tennant, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh will race for the 100% me team. Despite a high speed crash in qualification at the British Track Championships, Tennant and Burke were part of a quartet that also included Jonathan Bellis and Russell Hampton which won the national championship. Kennaugh helped the squad take the U23 European Team Pursuit title in July earlier this year.
The UK riders will take on Spanish pursuit specialists Sergei Escobar, Antonio Tauler and Miguel Alzamora for a three kilometer race. Escobar is a former World Champion in the individual pursuit and he and Tauler finished third and fourth respectively in this discipline at the World Track Championships earlier this year.
"The Spanish riders have plenty of experience," said Tennant. "We're feeling pretty good though and are back in training after a short break. The crowd is always a big help at Revolution so hopefully they will inspire us to beat the Spanish." Tennant missed last year's Revolution season while away at a training camp in Italy.
"I can't wait to get back. I really missed it last year. With this season being an Olympic year, Revolution will provide the majority of the racing for the Academy riders so we're all looking forward to it and want to make a strong impact and win a few races."
In addition to the team pursuit, the endurance programme will also include a motor paced elimination, a one kilometer madison time trial, scratch race and points race.