The season opener of the Revolution Series held at the 2012 Olympic Velodrome, Lee Valley Velodrome on Saturday was an action-packed day with Katie Archibald and Hayley Jones dominating the racing to come out on top after round one.
The day started with the 20km points race which saw Jones racing aggressively, picking up points in the breakaway, whilst National points race champion, Archibald was in a close battle with Denmark’s Amalie Dideriksen, with Archibald taking the overall win on the last sprint finishing with 27 points over Dideriksen’s 23 points.
The dynamic duo, were the second team out of twelve to post a time in the Madison Kilo Time-Trial, with no other team able to come close to knocking Jones and Archibald off the top spot, it was another win in Team WNT Pro Cycling colours, winning with a time of 1.01.030 wrapping up the day session at the London Velodrome.
The pair continued to impress the crowd in the 10km Scratch race, with Jones creating the first breakaway of the race, gaining half a lap before getting swept up by the bunch, meanwhile it was a similar story to the points race, Archibald and Dideriksen battling it out for the win in the closing stages with the duo almost gaining a lap, but it was National Scratch race champion, Archibald who was on fine form taking her 3rd win of the day and Jones finishing 10th.
The Elimination-Scratch race didn’t follow suit, with Archibald getting eliminated early in 17th place, but Jones put up a good fight, leading from the front with a lap and half to go, but was overhauled in the closing metres to finish a fine 5th place.
The final race of the evening, was a Madison style elimination race, the Team Elimination. Should one rider from a team get eliminated, you were both eliminated. Jones and Archibald rode the race from the front, keeping themselves out of trouble and in the closing laps with only two teams left in the competition, it was Team WNT Pro Cycling who triumphed over PedalSure in the sprint for the finish line, making it 4 out of 5 wins at round one.
‘I’m happy to win my first ever races at the Revolution especially pairing up with Katie. I think we nailed our tactics as well as our team work and that was shown by winning four out of five races’ says former junior world team pursuit champion, Hayley Jones.
World Omnium Champion, Katie Archibald continued to say ‘We won the Madison kilo and when you put a time on board, it says we’re the fastest here, but then going into the Team Elimination it was our race to lose, because the Elimination-Scratch was so fast from the gun, I think I was more afraid of the first two laps in the Team Elimination than the last two laps. We both gave it everything and we came out on top.’
The team go into round two at Glasgow as the overall team leaders in the Elite Women’s Championship on 112 points, 25 points clear of Boels-Dolmans who have 87 points. Emily Kay and Eileen Roe will team up on Saturday 2nd December.
1) Team WNT – 112 points
2) Boels Dolmans – 87 points
3) Team PedalSure – 72 points
4) Team Rowe and King – 72 points
5) Matrix Fitness – 68 points