The Revolution series is quite possibly the most popular track event in the UK – and it’s easy to see why. Drawing in huge audiences and attracting riders as renowned as Bradley Wiggins, Ian Stannard and Laura Trott, it is a truly star studded spectacle.
The six round series features a wide range of track disciplines, and also includes a junior series called the HOY Future Stars.
The HOY Future Stars, all aged under 15 and 16, compete over a six lap dash, points race and scratch race. We caught up with two hopefuls, Amber Joseph and Lucy Horrocks – both racing for Team PedalSure at Round Two in Manchester tomorrow (Saturday 24).
Amber took up cycling only two years ago and moved to the UK from Barbados in 2014. She is being supported by a sports scholarship at Sherfield School, a boarding school in Hampshire, and will be taking her GCSE’s next year.
“I’m really looking forward to the event. I can’t wait – it’s my first time [at Revolution] and I think it’s going to be an amazing experience. We went to watch last year and really enjoyed the atmosphere.
“It’s great riding in front of a crowd, like Revolution attracts. It does make me a bit nervous but hopefully I will channel all that nervous energy to the bike. I have done a couple of Crits and I rode the Prudential Ride London and they had big crowds and I loved it.”
“I love sprinting so I guess the 6 lap dash is my favourite although I really enjoy the Points race too. My least favourite would be the Scratch race as it gets so hectic towards the end.”
Amber dreams of being a pro cyclist – and said: “In the future, I would like to represent my country but my goal is just to be a professional elite cyclist. I haven’t decided which discipline I am going to completely commit to yet so will work on both sprinting and endurance and see which suits me best.”
Lucy comes from Lancashire and is an accomplished cyclocross racer, as well as a track and road rider. Last year she won the NationalCyclocross Trophy Series, riding for Hope Factory Racing – having won four of six races within the series.
Lucy is excited to experience what will probably be her largest audience yet at Revoloution – and said: “I am really looking forward to the Revolution this weekend! The atmosphere and crowds will be amazing to ride in front of. The biggest race I’ve taken part in, with the biggest crowd was possibly Koppenberg [cyclocross race] race last year. But I’m sure the crowds weren’t as big as they will be in Manchester this weekend!”
Her hopes for the future are similar to Amber’s – she says: “I want to hopefully have cycling as a career and actually get paid for riding my bike” – she cites a Road National Series win and a top 3 in the track Nationals as key goals.
Of course, it’s not easy racing and being a teenager – but she tackles it well – saying: “My friends think it is great and my school is very supportive with my cycling which helps me a lot!”
Tickets for Round Two are just about still available – check out the line-up here.