Anna to race the boys
Not the men, the boys
Revolution is back (after the cancelled round this winter due to some sponsor pulling out at the last minute ...). If you haven't been to one, it's a track race night, at Melbourne Park (sometimes called Vodafone, or Hisense). It's like a world cup but all rolled into one evening, with, so far, an emphasis on sprint events (ace!). It's a bloody good night's entertainment if you're into track sprint events.
It's not strict UCI format, which can make for a more entertaining format at times (like the Summer Sprint Series isn't UCI format either). There's a keirin being run there, not unusual .. what's unusual is that this time, it'll be mixed.
Mixed. Girls and boys. Sprinters.
Hold on a minute, how does that work?
Elite female sprinters do flying 200's in low 11 seconds, elite men are breaking 10's (Hoy rode 9.8s in Manchester recently). So the women can't race the men, but they can race the boys. There's not a lot of depth in the female sprint ranks. At the recent UCI world cup there was 4 or 5 women who were competitive, the rest were a lot slower, so the women don't have a lot to race against. Until they race junior men, who are also doing low to mid 11s flying 200's. There's a bold thought (we do it at the SSS ... no gender seperation, grading on performance and we're not the only ones). So at Revolution 5, Anna Meares and co will be racing 17 boys in a Keirin.
Good on 'em.