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Sweet 16 for Revolution

A new generation of exciting British talent has dominated the racing at Revolution this season. Riders such as Peter Kennaugh, the junior world scratch race champion and former Future Stars winner, Adam Blythe, John Bellis and Steven Burke have shown their talents, but they must now face a challenge from the top UK riders.

Rob Hayles, Paul Manning, and Ed Clancy missed earlier Revolutions, having spent part of the season training and racing in Australia, but will be back for number 16 on January 20th, and ready to give their younger counterparts their toughest challenge yet, "It was disappointing to miss the previous Revolution events" commented Hayles. "The younger riders have been racing well so it is time to take them down a peg or two!"

Mark Cavendish, who took gold in the scratch race at the Commonwealth Games last year, and is about to start his first year as a ProTour road professional riding for the T-Mobile team, will also be back for the event. "It will be great riding at Revolution again" said Cavendish. "I haven’t ridden this season as I have had a lot of commitments with the GB team and my new T-Mobile team."

One race that will be eagerly anticipated will be the 1km madison time trial. Peter Kennaugh and Adam Blythe came close to breaking the record at the last Revolution, however, it will be Clancy and Cavendish who, as the record holders, will be the biggest threat. They set the 57.457 record at Revolution 6 in 2004 but can they go one better in 2007? "Yeah, we’ll definitely go for it" said Cavendish. "It’s great that we still hold the record but people have come very close so maybe it is time we made the record a little tougher to beat!"

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.