UCLan to be part of a cycling revolution

By Karan Gadhia

UCLan cycling are taking part in a prestigious cycling event in London this weekend.

They will be facing up against Loughborough, Southampton and Glasgow in a head-to-head Team Pursuit contest to decide the UK’s University Champions as part of the 2014 Revolution Series.

The event will be hosted in the famous Lee Valley VeloPark on the Olympic site where Team GB won 7 out of 10 possible gold medals in the 2012 Olympics.

This is the first year that there has been a University race and the aim is to build on the legacy of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the London Olympics in 2012.

Two initial heats will lead to a grand final race to decide the UK Champions in Stratford in front of a five thousand strong audience as part of a weekend of elite track cycling.

The Revolution Series was founded in 2003 by FACE Partnership and has since established itself as one of the most prestigious cycling events in the world. As well as the university competition there are elite races where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Bradley Wiggins and more have competed in past events.

In 2013, UCLan beat a long-standing British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Track Cycling Championship record which was set by Olympian Sir Chris Hoy and his Heriot-Watt University team. However, Loughborough lowered the time at this year’s Championships and UCLan will be keen to gain revenge.

The fixture list for the Revolution series is below:
Round 1: 24/25 October – London
Round 2: 22 November – Manchester
Round 3: 03 January – Manchester
Round 4: 31 January – Glasgow
Round 5: 27/28 February – London
Round 6: 14 March – Manchester

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