Fun over speed at Revolution round 2

There were lots of fun events on Saturday at the latest Revolution in Manchester, but the timed events through up fairly modest results. World Champs Francois Pervis led qualifiers in the men’s sprint with a 10.130 before going on to win the competition, decent showing but far from his best. Lewis Oliva put in a very respectable 10.175 to qualify second and Phil Hindes was fourth fastest at 10.237. Other Brits included British Amateur Record holder Chris Pritchard at 10.358,Matt Rotherham at 10.615 and Jon Biggin at 10.897.

The only other true timed event was the flying lap for the endurance riders, but only Nico Hesslich – son of double Olympic sprint champion Lutz – cracked 11 second over 200 on his way to 13.648 for the lap. Ollie wood was fastest Brit with a 13.899, the last 200 in 11.114.

Of interest was Pete Kennaugh who came in last with 15.273, well outside 12 seconds for 200. It’s not likely that the Manx man as full gas, but nonetheless, he’d need a serious upgrade in performance if he were to be added to the list of contenders for the omnium. So probably the team pursuit for Kennaugh if he does return to the track in Rio, which is a shame given that he is arguably the best bunch racer in Britain.

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