Track cycling’s Revolution Series is to return to free-to-air television this season with Channel 4 after the promoter confirmed a last-minute TV deal on the eve of the 2014/15 season.
The UK’s leading international track cycling series will take place across an expanded six-round calendar at world-class velodromes in Manchester, Glasgow and London from October to March, showcasing some of the biggest names in British cycling alongside top international riders.
Highlights of each round of the 2014/15 Revolution series will be broadcast on Channel 4 on the Saturday morning following each event, with each one-hour programme then be available to watch online via the broadcaster’s catch-up service 4OD.
Sian Welby and Matt Barbet and present Channel 4’s coverage of every round of the series, with the programmes being produced by specialist cycling production company Cyclevox.
The expanded Revolution Series, now consisting of six rounds, begins on October 24-25 at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London, the site of the London 2012 Olympics track cycling programme, and ends at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester next March.
Some of Britain’s biggest sprint and endurance cycling stars have competed in the Revolution series since its launch in 2003, including the likes of Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Sir Bradley Wiggins, ensuring that the Revolution Series has grown to become the most successful elite track cycling league in the world, with capacity crowds watching the action at all the venues.
This year, the latest generation of Olympic and world champions, including Laura Trott, Ed Clancy and Jason Kenny, will race for important qualification points as they build up to the World Track Championships in February.
The action-packed race programme, held either in a single day or over two days, also features Team Sky riders and other elite teams vying for the Elite Championship title.
The opening round at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London on October 24-25 sees Olympic champion Laura Trott go head-to-head with Olympic road race champion and arch rival Marianne Vos.
Newly crowned European track champion Trott headlines a stellar line up alongside Dutchwoman Vos, setting up a tantalising contest between the two leading female cyclists in the world at present.
In the men’s racing, leading British teams including Team Sky, Rapha Condor JLT, NFTO and Madison-Genesis, will pit themselves against Australian cycling powerhouse Orica-GreenEDGE.
The all-star line-up includes British riders such as Ben Swift, Ian Stannard, Ed Clancy, Adam Blythe, and Alex Dowsett, alongside a selection of top international cyclists, including Dutchman, Jens Mouris, Australian track specialist, Scott Sunderland, former Madison World Champion, Kenny de Ketele, and six day specialists Christian Grasmann and Marcel Kalz.
Commenting on the new Channel 4 highlights deal, James Pope, managing director of event promoters Face Partnership commented, “We’re delighted to be working with Channel 4 for the new season.
“The partnership will enable us to bring elite track cycling to more fans than ever before, which has always been one of our underlying aims since we created the Revolution Series.”
The deal to screen marks the first time since the London 2012 Paralympics that Channel 4 has broadcast any form of track cycling, though the broadcaster has pedigree in cycling having been the UK’s terrestrial broadcaster of the Tour de France in the 199o’s, as well as other domestic cycling events including the former Milk Race.
Revolution Series cycling will form part of Channel 4’s traditional Saturday morning sports schedule, which includes magazine shows such as Trans World Sport, Mobil 1 The Grid and The Morning Line, alongside highlights of sporting events including motorsport, triathlon and athletics.
Visit cyclingrevolution.com for more information about the Revolution Series.
|REVOLUTION SERIES on CHANNEL 4|
|Round 1: London Highlights: Sat 1 Nov, 7.00am|
|SATURDAY 22nd NOVEMBER|
|Round 2: Manchester Highlights: TBC|
|SATURDAY 3rd JANUARY|
|Round 3: Manchester Highlights: TBC|
|SATURDAY 31st JANUARY|
|Round 4: Glasgow Highlights: TBC|
|Round 5: London Highlights: Sat 1 Nov, 7.00am|
|SATURDAY 14th MARCH|
|Round 6: Manchester Highlights: TBC|