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  Eleanor Dickinson Blog: Glasgow Revolution Series  
  December 2nd 2015 By Eleanor Dickinson @EllieMae_333  
  After emerging as the winner of the Revolution Future Starts competition last season, having lead from start to finish, British talent Eleanor Dickinson made her debut in the elite category at the Revolution Series in Glasgow last weekend.

2015 was a successful year for Dickinson with a silver medal in the scratch race at the Junior European Championships in Greece, before three medals at the British National Championships. Illness following the Road World Championships has forced Dickinson to take time off the bike but after a strong showing in Glasgow Dickinson is already looking for more as she continues to develop against some of the best in the world.

Last weekend's Revolution Series in Glasgow was my first round riding with the elite women, and also my first time back on the track since Junior Track National Championships in August. I was suffering with illness following the Road World Championships and my training has been a bit on and off meaning I had to miss the first few rounds of the series. Being able to get on the track last weekend and race against such a class field at Revolution I knew it was going to be a struggle in terms of my fitness… but I loved it!!! It was great to get back racing at such an awesome event! My best result of the day was fifth place in the elimination in the evening session. It's such a fun event once you get in to it especially when you have the crowds of the Revolution behind you! I can't wait to go away, get some solid training in and come back to the future rounds and really get stuck in.

I've ridden four seasons of the Future Stars series and every series I've enjoyed more each time. Last year was by far the best!! Winning the series was an amazing feeling, after watching previous winners every year they have been people I have looked up to while racing. To finally win the series and manage to lead from the first round was a massive achievement. The Revolution Series has always been racing I look forward to. It is everything a youth rider would love!! Big crowds, a competitive series and to be able to share the night with some of your cycling heroes and now I am able to race against them!

There aren't any events like this for youth riders, the crowds are something you don't get at youth racing so being able to experience that and the pressure has helped me a lot while moving up to the elite women category. I wouldn't really say that the races set you up well for the women's racing as the races in the future stars event are a maximum of 20 laps and the minimum in the women's series are 40 laps. So it is a big jump length wise, but that's what makes the women's racing so exciting. It is tough but its perfect for development; it lets you feel what it's like to be racing how the top athletes race. I've only ridden one round so far with the elite women but I have already learnt so much!!

After winning the Future Stars last season, and some hard work training on the track with the Olympic Development Programme I was selected to ride at the European championship in Greece for Great Britain, where I went on to pick up a silver medal in the scratch race.

The step up to the elite category from juniors as expected is tough. For me it is something which I have been looking forward to for a while, being able to get stuck into some longer races. Every race is a challenge but every race I learn something different, which I think, is the most important thing. In the Revolution Series, racing against elite women there is no pressure for me to pick up results. So there is more of an opportunity for me to try new things in the race and work out whether it worked or failed, too see what I am capable of doing and what’s the best way to do it. Which I will benefit from massively when I go away racing internationally because every race is different.
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