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Revolution 12 - the future is bright
18 February 2006
Manchester Velodrome, UK
The future looks good for British track cycling as another generation of future stars will be decided at the Manchester Velodrome this weekend in the culmination of the Revolution Future Stars competition.
Now in its third year, the competition has often provided more action and drama than the elite events and has nurtured some of Britain's most promising new talent with last season's top riders making significant progress as part of British Cycling's Olympic Development Programme.
For season 3 the Future Stars has been sponsored by Raleigh, one of the UK's best known cycling names. Raleigh's involvement has meant that Future Stars competitions have been set up for both girls and boys giving more riders the chance to show their talent in a competitive arena. Indeed, the first girls Future Stars competition has provided some excellent racing and has shown the strength of Welsh cycling with the Welsh trio of Lucy Richards, Katie Curtis and Alex Greenfield in first, second and third places respectively. Richards has dominated the competition and looks set to take the first female title.
Lucy Richards reflects on the series so far :
Q. It looks like you have won the competition. How do you feel about your performance and the experience you have had riding at Revolution?
"I think I have raced well, it hasn't been easy and the racing was hard but I really enjoyed it. It's good experience to race in front of a crowd like that; they really get behind you and support you and they create a great atmosphere. It's the biggest crowd I've ridden in front of; it has been fantastic."
Q. What are your plans for the year ahead?
"Iím first year junior this year so I will probably be doing the womenís national road series and I will do the womenís national track series again because I really enjoyed doing the track series last year. I will probably do the womenís national track champs again as well as the juniors track champs. I will just have to see how my training goes."
Lucy in Action - Photo courtesy British Cycling 2006©
At Revolution 11 the Welsh continued to dominate the Future Stars Girls with Lucy Richards retaining the lead over team mates Katie Curtis and Alex Greenfield. Katie Curtis was the first to taste victory winning the 5km Scratch Race ahead of Richards. Richards got her own back taking the Devil with Greenfield in second and Curtis pushed back into third. However, in the 1 Mile Dash Curtis took the win again with Richards and Greenfield out of the top three in fourth and fifth respectively. This moved Curtis ahead of Greenfield into second place. She is 21 points behind Richards which isn't impossible to pull back but it would take a disaster for Richards not to take the title at Revolution 12. Instead the tension and drama looks likely to come in the battle for 2nd and third places as Curtis and Greenfield are now only four points apart. With only three races left at Revolution 12 there is still plenty of racing ahead.
The Future Stars will only be part of an action packed race programme with more international riders than ever before competing in the elite racing.
Full information on Revolution 12 can be found at www.cyclingrevolution.com.
Tickets can be bought online or by calling 07005 942 579 or the Velodrome on 0161 223 2244 and pressing option 3.
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