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Revolution 12 - the future is bright

18 February 2006

Manchester Velodrome, UK

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Raleigh Future Stars 5Km Scratch Race – Girls

This race had the lot.

We've come to expect crashes in this category and the girls once again treated us to two spectacular smashes. First up was a multi-rider tumble mid-race …..down went Greta, but to everyone’s surprise straight up with number hanging on one pin, chasing the bunch. 
Coming up to the bell it looked to be heading for a regulation sprint finish with all of our girls in contention.  However, the crash fairy was about to cast another spell: national sprint champion Jessica Varnish blasted clear of the field, blew and came back into the pack, whereupon she and a Sportcity Velo rider clashed horribly going down the back straight.

The pair tangled with each other, their bikes seemed, briefly, to get hooked up and they rode onto the infield at high speed. Miraculously they held it, separated and for a moment you wondered if they were going to get away with it. However, coming into final bend, still on the infield, they were both clearly out of control. Back onto the track they rocketed at the apex of the bend, colliding with Lucy Richards as she went past at the front of the field. Luckily both Hannah  Mayho and Lucy Martin managed to manoeuvre  round the falling riders to contest the sprint to finished 2nd and 4th respectably.  Greta, with her battered body needing first aid, took 5th with Monica 7th.
1. Lucy Richards
2. Hannah Mayho  Raleigh-ERV
3. Alix Chester
4. Lucy Martin       Raleigh-ERV

5. Greta Junka        Raleigh-ERV

7. Monica Eden      Raleigh-ERV





Revolution Future Stars 1 Mile Dash - Girls

The big news in this race was that everyone managed to stay upright. A gradual wind-up gave the riders little opportunity to attack alone and as the race strung out in the closing laps, it was local rider Lucy Ayres who emerged from the pack to claim the win, Greta loosing second by a tyres width.  Hannah, Lucy and Monica contesting the other placings.

1. Lucy Ayres
2. Katie Curtis
3. Greta Junker        Raleigh-ERV
4. Alex Greenfield

5. Hannah Mayho    Raleigh-ERV

9. Lucy Martin         Raleigh-ERV

14.Monica Eden       Raleigh-ERV Pro-Cycling


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Raleigh Future Stars Decided at Revolution 12

One of the main reasons the Revolution Series was created at the Manchester Velodrome was to nurture young British cycling talent with the Future Stars competition. The Future Stars provides a competitive framework for our up and coming riders and provides them with the experience of riding in front a capacity crowd in one of the world’s premier Velodrome venues.  

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. With Raleigh team road bikes up for grabs as first prize the competition this season has been intense with the winners being decided at Revolution12 on Saturday night. 

In the girl’s competition the Welsh have dominated with Cardiff based rider Lucy Richards leading from the start. Richards took victory in the 5km Scratch Race on Saturday to secure overall victory ahead of Welsh team mates Katie Curtis and Alex Greenfield who finished second and third respectively. 

I’m very happy to have won the first Girls Future Stars” commented Richards. “It has been a fanatastic experience”. With a lot of racing ahead for Richards the future looks bright, “I’m first year junior this year so I will probably be doing the women’s national road series and I will do the women’s national track series again because I really enjoyed doing the track series last year. I will probably do the women’s national track champs again as well as the juniors track champs. I will just have to see how my training goes.”

The Future Stars will be back in the third quarter of 2006 with Revolution season 4.

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