24 November - Vodafone Arena, Melbourne
The Revolution cycling series is a new concept on Australian shores. However, It is a tried and tested recipe in the UK. Revolution has been running in the UK at the Manchester Velodrome since 2003. "Revolution 18" takes place this weekend (17 November) and kicks off the fifth British Revolution season.
Revolution attracts track and road stars at the top of their game. The first Australian Revolution will star Olympic Champions Anna Meares and Ryan Bayley as well as current and former World and National Champions.
Revolution racing is exciting to watch because the programme is designed to entertain. There are 19 events on the programme for the inaugural Revolution at Vodafone, including 5 for the women (plus 2 more events for the junior women). The women get a scratch race, a points race, a sprint series and keirin racing. Based on European 6-day racing programmes, where there is 'glamour and glitz'; music and lights add to the atmosphere and the events included on the programme are selected for their entertainment value and potential for displaying the riders' competitive skills and abilities.
event director Harry Hart said the concept has been hugely successful in the
UK where the events have attracted strong crowds.
“The events are being aimed not just at core cycling fans but at Melbourne’s famous sports spectator,” Hart explained. “World and Olympic champions, with a focus on finals style racing and a great night is a combination that has proven to be very successful and we are thrilled to be bringing the show to Melbourne.”
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Anna Meares will line up against sister Kerrie in the sprints. The Oceania Champion will take on the Australian Champion, but they may not have it all their own way. Also contesting the sprints will be Karlee McCulloch, another Australian. Providing some international flavour to the sprints will be current World silver medallist, Yvonne Hijgenaar. The Dutchwomen is a speedy and experienced competitor, she represented the Netherlands on the track at the Athens Olympics and has an impressive international palmares.
The inclusion of a scratch race and a points race for the women on the Revolution programme for 24th November has also attracted some World Class riders. 2006 World Points silver medallist, Gina Grain (Canada), will line up with Jamaican multi-Champion, Iona Wynter. They will face strong and experienced national competition.
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Australia will be voting for a new Prime Minister on the 24th November in the Federal Election. If you've had enough of the predictions and analysis, escape the political pundits and join the Revolution at Vodafone.
Tickets can be purchased from www.ticketek.com.au or by calling 132 84
Price (2 Adults, 2 Child U12)
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