The Revolution series event was dominated by British cyclists getting their first taste of Derby’s new Arena. Among the stars were some that had captured our hearts with a stunning British performance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Olympic golden girl Laura Trott OBE dominated the Womens Omnium, taking victories in the Scatch and Elimination races, 500m Time Trial and Flying Lap, ahead of Belgian rider Jolien D’Hoore who won the Pursuit. Trott had a six point advantage heading into the Points Race finale which D’Hoore reduced to three, with two point-scoring sprints remaining. Trott was alive to the Belgian danger and locked on to D’Hoore’s back wheel, covering every move by the Belgian, out-sprinting her rival in the penultimate sprint and following D’Hoore over the line for the final time to take the win by three points.
This was Laura Trott’s first visit to the new Arena, a venue she feels will have a bid part to play in the future for the sport. “I think it’s important to have more indoor tracks,” she said. “For me, growing up, there was just Manchester, a long way to travel from Hertfordshire. There are more and more now and the youth were always really good where the tracks were, so I think it’s really good for the growth of the sport. This is a really nice track, I like it,” she added.
Trott’s fiancé Jason Kenny, Olympic sprint champion, led the men’s Kierin race out with two laps to go. Lewis Oliva pushed hard in a photo finish, but Kenny just held on. Kenny’s form looks to be heading in the right direction at exactly the right time with Rio in mind.
Katy Marchant won the 500m Time Trial by 0.18 seconds from Jessica Varnish and then took her second win of the weekend in the Women’s Keirin. She led from the front, increasing her speed all the way to the line. Sandie Clair finished second with Dannielle Khan in third while Varnish won the Kierin minor final to finish in seventh place.
Callum Skinner took a surprise win in the 1km Time Trial when he went head-to-head with current World Champion, Francois Pervis, beating him by more than a second. Pervis’s time was only good enough for third place behind fellow Frenchman Quentin Lafargure.
Ciara Horne began the Women’s Pursuit final faster than former World Champion Joanna Rowsell Shand but Rowsell Shand finished strongly to win by two seconds. Katie Archibald won the Women’s Scratch Race, gaining a lap over the rest of the field half way through the 15km, with Laura Trott talking second place.
Councillor Martin Repton hopes the event will provide inspiration for local youngsters. “All the household names are here, Laura Trott and Bradley Wiggins. The top French cyclists are here as well, with teams from Holland and Russia, a superb array of talent. We had the aspiration to have a facility like this in Derby and what we are passing on now is inspiration that we see from the athletes out there today, cycling, and we see the young people here wanting to take part, wanting to be part of this. Let’s hope that over the coming months and years we will have people who can be a new Bradley Wiggins and a new Laura Trott. That’s why I think that this facility in Derby will ensure that’s what we will have in years to come. Superb.”