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Bayley revved up for Beijing

Ryan Bayley

Ryan Bayley (Image credit: Mark Gunter)

Two-time Olympic Games gold medallist Ryan Bayley is getting revved up for Beijing and his Olympic preparations. Bayley will be under the spotlight when he suits up for Revolution 3 at Vodafone Arena next week. Speaking at the announcement that the UCI Track World Cup is coming to Melbourne, Bayley said he was working on new tactics as he felt he was becoming a little too predictable.

"We didn't mean to, but they haven't seen the full potential of myself at the moment, so they don't exactly know what's going to happen when I come out at the Olympics," he said. "I've got a lot of new tactics, I've worked out a lot of things, I'm actually working out better ways to suit my own riding style.

By his own stellar standards, Bayley struggled at this year's track worlds in Manchester. The super-sprinter didn't make it through to the medal rounds in his three events - the sprint, keirin and team sprint, however he feels this may work to his advantage in Beijing.

"Going into it, I will be a very different to what they've seen," he said. "With the sprint, I have a lot of faith, I think I can go top three - a win is going to go between four of five people, it's going to be very difficult because there are so many people who are at that level now."

Track fans won't need to wait until the Olympics to witness Bayley in full flight, with the Farewell to Beijing-themed Revolution 3 at Vodafone Arena in Victoria, Australia on Thursday, June 12.

Revolution 3 will include a crucial pre-Olympic fitness test over a flying 200m sprint for Athens gold medallist Anna Meares. After a horror world cup crash in America in January, Meares must ride faster than 11.77 seconds at Rev 3 otherwise her dream of capturing her second Olympic gold medal will be over.

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