Revolution 52 and the opening round of the 2015/16 season was no ordinary Revolution format. The first major meeting to be held at the multi purpose venue at Derby was to be both logistically challenging but at the same time magical. The only real opportunity for Team GB’s Olympic hopefuls to be able to race together before Rio so the racing was to be fast and furious, with riders needing to secure qualifying points for selection. Sir Brad Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Laura Trott, Katie Archibald, Matt Gibson and Ed Clancy amongst others still proving Team GB are a force to be reckoned with on the boards.
Day one saw Joanne Rowsell Shand take the win in the Womens Individual pursuit final over Ciara Horne who had posted a better time then Rowsell Shand in qualifying but couldn’t match the Olympian in the final. In the 1KM time trial it was a flying Callum Skinner who demolished World Champion and record holder Francois Purvis, the Frenchman proving no match for Skinner and looking in agony on leaving the track.
Katie Arcihbald took a lap over the rest of the field to take the victory in the womens scratch race, Archibald again proving too strong to be caught by the large field.
In, arguably the star event of the night, Team GB dominated the mens team pursuit, with Bradley Wiggins at the helm, the quartet of Owain Doull, Steven Burke, Jon Dibben and Wiggins qualified easily with 4.00.32 but with Ed Clancy replacing Dibben in the final, Team GB posted a 3.54.97, just a mere 3 seconds off the World record to take the event over 100% ME and the Dutch squad.
DAY 1 RESULTS
DAY 2 AFTERNOON RESULTS
DAY 2 EVENING RESULTS
DAY 3 RESULTS
DAY1 & 2 GALLERY LINKS BELOW
The Good Friday Meeting has been running for over 110 years, it moved 2 years ago from Herne Hill to the Olympic Velodrome, a decision not taken lightly by the promotors but one that would ensure a full days racing not matter what the weather. A host of top class riders including Olympians Ed Clancy and Jody Cundy, 3 times World Madison Champion Morgan Kniesky, Andy Tennant and Leif Lampater raced alongside local club riders which gives the event it’s unique appeal and the opportunity to race alongside the professionals on the boards.
Germany’s Leif Lampater was on fine form all day, taking the victory in the super points race from Christian Grassman and Andy Tennant, The Derny race after Team Raleigh’s Morgan Kneisky’s attacked with 5 laps to go, the German finding enough pace in his legs in the final half lap to jump round Kneisky to cross the line first and the main attraction, the 60 lap Golden Wheel, Lampater proving too strong for Ed Clancy who finished second, James Motley took third.
Sophie Black secured the win in the Women’s Points race from Christine Robson and Maddy Moore and the scratch race from Joanna Smith and Niki Kovacs. Smith took the win in the women’s elimination race.
FEMALE POINTS RACE 1st.Sophie Black 2nd.Christine Robson 3rd.Joanna Smith
WHITE HOPE SPRINT 1st.Joel Partington 2nd.Thomas Rotherham 3rd.Alex Jolliffe
ELITE BPA DERNY-PACED RACE 1st.Leif Lampater/Peter Bauerlein 2nd.Morgan Kneisky/Andre de Raet 3rd.Ed Clancy/Tim Read
OPEN INTERNATIONAL SPRINT 1st.Peter Mitchell 2nd.Lewis Oliva 3rd.Robin Wagner
OPEN ELIMINATION 1st.Stephen Bradbury 2nd.George Gori 3rd.Brendan Drewett
SUPER POINTS RACE 1st.Leif Lampater 2nd.Christian Grassman 3rd.Andy Tennant
FEMALE SCRATCH RACE 1st.Sophie Black 2nd.Joanna Smith 3rd.Niki Kovacs
RISING STARS KEIRIN 1st.Thomas Rotherham 2nd.Alex Jolliffe 3rd.Alistair Fielding
SUPER ELIMINATION 1st.Ed Clancy 2nd.Leif Lampater 3rd.Marcel Kalz
RON BECKETT SCRATCH 1st.Brendan Drewett 2nd.Andrew Sanders 3rd.Paul Watmough
FEMALE ELIMINATION 1st.Joanna Smith 2nd.Niki Kovacs 3rd.Florence Collyer-Powell
RISING STARS SCRATCH 1st.Joel Partington 2nd.Frank Longstaff 3rd.Alex Jolliffe
SUPER KEIRIN 1st.Thomas Babek 2nd.Lewis Oliva 3rd.Jeffrey Hoogland
GOLDEN WHEEL SCRATCH 1st.Leif Lampater 2nd.Ed Clancy 3rd.James Notley