Disaster as new Revolution Champions League opener cancelled

Posted on: November 9th, 2016

The Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome in Paris was supposed to host the inaugural Revolution Cycling Champions League on November 19th but has since been cancelled. The details of why are very much cloaked in mystery.


The opening round of the inaugural Revolution Cycling Champions League, scheduled for Paris the weekend after next, has been cancelled.

The organisers issued a statement confirming the news but gave no reason for the decision save to cite ‘logistical issues’.

However, it appears the event failed to capture fans’ attention and that ticket sales were very poor.

Ticket prices had been heavily discounted in recent days as organisers scrambled to fill the seats.

The new Champions League was to feature three events and the remaining two, scheduled for the UK, are still going ahead. But the cancellation of the opening round is an embarrassment for the organisers.

“While the Revolution organisation was excited to launch the first event outside of the UK, the difficult decision was taken not to proceed with the first round of the Revolution Cycling Champions League in Paris,” read a statement from the organisers.

“The arrival of the competition in France has been delayed to the 2017 season, and will this year take place in the UK only.

“We are still keen to contribute to the development of track cycling in France, and will aim to come back next year in more favourable conditions, to present the Revolution Series to the French audience.”

Ireland will be represented by Ryan Mullen in the UK events as he partners three of his Cannondale-Drapac teammates for the eagerly-anticipated event.

The new concept of seeing World Tour riders take on the best of the UK talent was to get underway at the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome in Paris, the same venue that hosted the 2015 world championships.

Olympic Omnium champion Elia Viviani and Geraint Thomas (both Team Sky) as well as Italian national champion Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing) and Dutch champion Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto-JumboNL) had already confirmed their participation.

The Revolution Champions League two rounds still taking place will be held in Manchester on the weekend of November 25th and 26th and in London on December 2nd and 3rd.