Bradley Wiggins will join the Revolution once again on January 29 in Manchester despite having hung up his track bike to focus on road racing for the next couple of seasons. Wiggins has just finished riding the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under in Australia but will return to the track at the Manchester Velodrome to ride in front of special guests Sir Matthew Pinsent and five-times swimming World Champion James Hickman. "I wasn't planning on riding the track again for a while but Matthew was keen to come to Manchester Velodrome and see some action so I have decided to ride at Revolution as it is always a good evening," said Wiggins.
A keen cycling fan, Pinsent watched the action at the Olympic velodrome in Athens last year was impressed by Wiggins' talent. In order to experience more cycling action in the UK Pinsent and Hickman will attend the Revolution to support Wiggins and other Olympians Chris Hoy, Jason Queally and Craig MacLean. During the night Wiggins will also be presenting Sir Matthew with an exclusive Terry Dolan road bike to help him keep in shape now that he has retired from Olympic rowing.
"I am really looking forward to attending the Revolution event at Manchester Velodrome and to see fellow Olympic Champions Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy in action once again," said Pinsent. "The Revolution series is very exciting and great for British Cycling. I always rode a bike as part of my training regime and I am looking forward to doing so more now that I have retired from competitive rowing."
Olympic Pursuit Champion Wiggins will be up against World Pursuit Champion, Sergei Escobar Roure. Escobar has been a thorn in the side for Wiggins' compatriot Rob Hayles over the last year beating him to the bronze in the Olympics Individual Pursuit and the gold in the same event at the World Championships. With Hayles riding the Tour of Langkawi this week it will be down to his madison partner Wiggins to gain some revenge over the Spaniard.
These riders will race across a series of endurance events including a devil and scratch combination race, a points race and the crowd pleasing 1km madison time trial. In the madison time trial GB riders Mark Cavendish and Ed Clancy will be defending their record time of 57.457 against Wiggins, Roure and other top endurance riders such as Russell Downing, Keiran Page and Geraint Thomas.
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