Preview: ASDA Series Round 2 Stevenage
Its all set for an exciting second round of action as the ASDA StreetVelodrome Series rolls into Stevenage on Sunday 14th June.
StreetVelodorme is an affiliated partner to Sport England's This Girl Can Campaign and after supporting Women's Sport Week 2015 during the build up to the Stevenage round there's an extra special touch being added to the female side of the competition.
Riding as a guest pro for Rock The Cotswolds will be Team GB BMX racing ace Abbie Taylor. She will be joined by her sibling rival Chloe Taylor. Neither have raced StreetVelodrome before, but their BMX skills will certainly give them the technical bike handling needed to be competitive.
Also adding to the mix will be Guest Team Dame Cycling, an all female competitive team, though they will themselves have two male competitors joining them in order to comply with StreetVelodrome's mixed gender team rules.
Completing the female line up will be Jess Greaves (MTB Downhill racer) who is substituting for Kelli Salone in the ProCook team. Jess will be joining her namesake Jess Stone, riding for Team Cycleguard and the winner in dominant form last time out in Paisley.
Anna Glowinski will be racing for Team Quella, hoping to do one better than her silver medal in Paisley. And Team Velotec's Katie Ford will be hoping to close the gap on her rivals after missing out on a shot at the medals in round 1.
There's no shortage of talent in the male category either. Heading up the line up is returning home boy Dave Johnson. Stevenage 2014 was the moment Dave was discovered by StreetVelodrome after topping the time sheets in the morning Amateur rider qualification.
He went on to perform amazingly well and finish on the podium with a bronze, having lost out to Olympian Craig Maclean MBE. Dave quickly turned pro joining the Series on a regular basis. He won event after event until he lined up for the SuperFinal against his nemesis Craig. But when it really mattered Dave pulled something out of the bag and claimed the title that evening.
To celebrate Dave's return to his home town we are also welcoming back to the ASDA Series the man that denied Dave a shot at Gold in Stevenage last year. Fresh from winning two gold medals at the Glasgow 2014 commonwealth games, Craig Maclean MBE will be out to show he has lost none of his form, riding for Team Velotec. But can he make his power advantage tell over the course in Stevenage?
Joining them will be silver medallist in Paisley Super Mario Presi riding for Team ProCook. He lost out by 0.22 seconds in Paisley. That stung, so he'll want revenge as soon as he can get it. Jack Ravenscroft riding for Team Cycleguard will be consistent as he ever is. But can he apply the power needed to beat Olympian Craig with his powerful thighs earned from years sprinting on the track.
Completing the male line up with be the 2014 Amateur title winner Rob Reed riding for Team Rock the Cotswolds. Born in the Cotswold market town of Stroud in Gloucestershire, Rob will not only be representing the team but he'll also be out to show why he has made the step up from amateur to pro.
Its set to be a fascinateing battle with possibly the best rider line up in StreetVelodrome history. Going into the event Team Quella lead the overall medal table with Team Cycleguard second and Team Procook in third. Team's Velotec and Rock the Cotswolds are yet to bag a medal. Will the guest team deny them both once again?
Amateur qualifying starts at 10am, concluding at 12.30pm. The main feature event starts at 4pm with the final podiums expected between 5.40 and 6pm. But who will be celebrating?
We just can't wait to find out.
For more information on the ASDA StreetVelodrome Series go to www.streetvelodrome.co.uk