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  Eleanor Dickinson Blog: Manchester Revolution Series  
  January 4th 2016 By Eleanor Dickinson @EllieMae_333  
  Eleanor Dickinson won the Revolution Future Starts competition last season and stepped up to the elite category at the round four in Glasgow in November. Despite just returning from injury the Junior European Championships scratch race silver medallist picked up top 10 results in three of four races. You can read Ellie's blog from round four here.

Dickinson picked up in 2016 where she left off in 2015 at round five of the revolution series on January 2nd in Manchester. Among a strong field including World and Olympic Champions Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Kirsten Wild in the opening points race Dickinson picked up sixth before going on to take third in the elimination scratch race.

Saturdays racing at Revolution was a great was to kick off 2016. After training hard over Christmas with the Olympic Development Programme in Derby, I was really looking forward to getting stuck into racing the Revolution Series.

For me the afternoon session was more successful than the evening. My first event on the track was the 80-lap points race. After following wheels throughout the first half of the race, I decided to go with an attack ahead of sprint 3 with Henrietta Colbourne. I managed to pick up 5 points from winning the sprint. When we were brought back to the group we still had 50 fast laps remaining, so it was my main focus to stay at the head of the race. I did not manage to go on and pick up any more points but I finished the race in sixth place, which I was really happy with. To even get some points on the board with such a class field was a big achievement for me.

The best result of the day for me came in the elimination scratch race. The first 10 laps, 10 riders were eliminated then for the remaining riders it turned into a scratch race. My goal for this race was to make the scratch race (to not be eliminated). So when I made the race I was pretty happy. Then I needed to start thinking about how I could get the best result against such a strong field remaining. It was really important for me to follow the right wheels, so that's what I did. With one lap to go I got myself onto Laura Trott's wheel, which then meant I had scratch race World Champion Kirsten Wild on my hip. I found myself neck and neck with Wild, it was hard to hold my position against such a strong rider so I dropped into third and finished behind Laura Trott and Kirsten Wild and managed to hold Emily Kay off. I was over the moon with a third place finish!!!

After a tiring afternoon session, I then had a long wait ahead for the evening session to begin. There is a lot of waiting around in between races and this isn't easy when you're inside a hot velodrome. By the start of the evening session I was already mentally very tired. First up was the elimination, where I ended up finishing with a top 10, but with sore legs and taking those sore legs into the fast attacking 40 lap scratch race it was always going to be a struggle. From then I didn't expect much from myself I dug in and finished the race somewhere amongst the group.

Overall I am super happy with my race results. It was a massive improvement from the first Revolution Series it shows my training is paying off.

After a late night Saturday, I was up at 6.30am to be on the track at 8am with ODP in preparation for our next trip to Alkmaar- Holland, for a track event, which will take place this Saturday & Sunday. I'm really looking forward to seeing how we all get on there, as a team and individually.

Our Sunday morning track session was then followed by a 2-hour road ride in the grim weather of Manchester with some hill efforts to finish off a tough weekend.

Happy New Year :-)
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