We were delighted to be a guest of FACE Partnership at the Manchester leg of the Revolution Track Cycling Series last Saturday.
A truly impressive evening and a fantastic example of how a commercially owned and organised event can be a winner for all concerned - FACE partnership, who own and run the event, are delivering a profitable series, fans are treated to an amazing evening of top class cycling, music, entertainment and a number of hospitality options, while Team GB are obviously benefitting from regular elite competition for its athletes.
The results of the UK's focus on cycling on both an elite and recreational level is there for all to see with continued success across all of the sports disciplines.
As a cycling fan looking on from across the water, I have to admit to a degree of envy. As a nation, Ireland has consistently punched above it's weight in the cycling world and it is tantalising to think how competitive our athletes could be on both the road and the track if provided with the world class facilities and support that their GB counterparts receive.
Renewed discussion and progress on the plans for a velodrome at the National Sports Campus would be welcomed across all cycling parties on the island. A Dublin leg of the Revolution Series would bring track cycling to the mainstream public in a way it has never been seen before and would certainly contribute to the development of future Irish cycling champions.