Revolution Track Meeting, January 2004

Held at the Manchester Velodrome, January 2004. All photos copyright Fat Nick. Click on an image to see a larger version. No re-use without prior permission.

These pics are presented in no particular order, and there is no real reason why we start off with Roland Garber's rear end <g>

The second of the four "Revolution" track meetings at Manchester Velodrome saw a capacity crowd enjoying a lively evening's racing featuring many of Europe's top riders.

World pursuit champion Bradley Wiggins led the all-star line-up, wearing his new Crédit Agricole strip for the first time. He was joined by fellow six-day riders Jerome Neuville (France), Steven DeNeef (Belgium) and Roland Garber (Austria). Britain's other six-day men, Rob Hayles, Tony Gibb and Chris Newton, were also competing.

Wiggins won the first race of the evening, an 8 km derny-paced scratch race. Chris Newton, a former world points race champion, duly won the evening's main points race, whilst Wiggins beat Steven DeNeef in a derny-paced pursuit match.

Big surprise of the evening came when John Tamouridis, a member of the visiting Greek track squad, scored an unexpected victory in the pursuit race.

On the sprinting side, Britain's Jamie Staff won the Keirin race, beating Barney Storey by the narrowest of margins.

The next Revolution track meeting at the Manchester Velodrome will be held on February 28th 2004

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Austrian six-day rider Roland Garber shows how to make the most of his assets... for publicity purposes! Fat Nick heartily recommends a visit to Roland's web site to buy his excellent 2005 calendar. Roland Garber manages a big smile whilst warming up on the rollers.... ... but not as big a smile as Chris Newton, warming up alongside! The crowd get a cheery wave from Roland Garber at the start of a pursuit race. A big happy smile from Roland Garber
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Jerome Neuville of France shows off his national champion's jersey. He also has a couple of world madison champions jerseys hanging in his closet at home. Steven De Neef, silver medallist in the 2003 European Derny championships,  came over from Belgium for the January Revolution track meeting at Manchester. Jerome Neuville is presented to the crowd. World hour record holder Chris Boardman came along to watch the evening's racing. Jamie Staff rolls gently round the Manchester Velodrome.
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Britain's Tony Gibb, silver medallist in the scratch race at the 2002 world track champs, is back from injury. ... and Gibb shows that he is eager to get stuck in! Chris Newton won a race, and got to meet his friends the flower girls again! Evergreen Malcolm Elliott is enjoying his comeback ... even when riding a pursuit. Towards the end of the points race, Roland Garber shows signs of perspiring gently.
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Britain's Rob Hayles grimaces during a pursuit event. Malcolm Elliott at speed in the pursuit. A former Milk Race winner, former Tour de France pro, stage winner in the Vuelta... Malcolm claims to just ride a bike for fun nowadays. Tony Gibb shares a joke with one of his helpers. Rob Hayles knuckles down to a day's work Paul Manning grits his teeth.
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Jerome Neuville in his French champion's jersey Roland Garber and Steven De Neef (in yellow and black) use their six-day experience for some close-quarters riding. John Tamouridis seemed to enjoy the victor's spoils! Bradley Wiggins is presented with some victory flowers, wearing his new Crédit Agricole strip. Steven De Neef, with Clive on the Derny during the derny-paced pursuit match.
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Chris Newton shows his class during the pursuit. Bradley Wiggins salutes the crowd after winning the derny paced pursuit match. Only just! Jamie Staff pips Barney Storey on the line in the Keirin final. John Tamouridis surprised a few of the big names by winning the pursuit event. Brad Wiggins during the derny-paced pursuit.
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Roland Garber enjoying  a pursuit race. Jamie Staff gets the race-winner treatment after the Keirin race ... and seems to like it! Tony Gibb in the pursuit. Jon Norfolk at speed. Brad Wiggins, paced by Peter Deary in the derny-paced pursuit match.
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Points race action: Roland Garber clings to Brad Wiggins' back wheel Group shot from the first race of the night at Revolution 2: The derny-paced scratch race. Bradley Wiggins gets serious in the derny-paced scratch race, with Roland Garber (top) and Rob Hayles eager to get past. Jamie Staff and his tattoo! Like most of the big names, Jamie Staff took time out to sign autographs.
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Bradley Wiggins makes someone's day during an autograph signing session. Jamie Staff, Barney Storey and one of the Downing brothers (I'll confess, I can't tell which one!) in Keirin action. Barney Storey sits behind the Derny in the Keirin. Class field: Bradley Wiggins leads from Tony Gibb, Chris Newton, and Roland Garber. That's one current world champion, one former world champion, and two former silver medallists from the worlds.... The Derny rides high on the Manchester banking during the derny-paced scratch race
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Big boy's rules: Jamie Staff and Ian George get physical during the Keirin. Quality: In the centre of the picture, Tony Gibb leads Bradley Wiggins and Roland Garber The bunch in the evening's opening race.