FIFE REVOLUTIONS are hopeful of pedalling back into competitive riding this year after plans were unveiled for a return to the sport.

The cycle speedway club, which is based at Queen Anne High School, have been out of action since March due to the pandemic but could be set to race again by May.

And, when they do, head coach Craig Masson has vowed that they will take to the track in the spirit of the late Craig Hardie, their number one rider who died following a battle with cancer earlier this month, and "enjoy ourselves on the track the way he did".

Craig, who will be laid to rest tomorrow (Friday), was one of the founding members of the Revolutions in 2016 and helped them to the British Cycling North and Scotland Division Two title two years later.

Although they only just lot out on retaining their crown to Astley and Tyldesley in 2019, the club were accepted into Division One following the region's AGM, meaning they would field teams in each of its three leagues for the first time.

But, no sooner had they begun life in Division One with a narrow 91-82 defeat to seasoned campaigners Stockport, the season was brought to a halt.

In the North and Scotland league's latest AGM, it was announced that racing would – subject to COVID-19 restrictions – take place between May and September in three regional groups, with the winners then going into a play-off to compete for the respective titles.

Speaking to Press Sport, Masson said that not only were the Revolutions riders looking forward to a comeback, they were out to make their late team-mate proud.

"Everybody looked up to him because he was the best rider that we had," he said.

"All the youngsters loved him, respected him and wanted to be as good as him, and he was great with the youngsters. He would coach them on how to get better.

"His legacy, for us, is helping to get us going, established and competing. That's what we'll strive to do going forward in his memory; race the way he always raced and enjoy ourselves on the track the way he did.

"The expectation is that the season's going to start up again in May. They're going to have three groups; (one of which will be) ourselves, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The top teams will then, from each group, race for the league titles in a run-off. Hopefully we're in there competing for that this year.

"It means the best teams are going to be competing against each other in one day so it's going to make it that wee bit more exciting hopefully.

"Hopefully, we'll be ready for the challenge. We just want to be competing and, like Craig, enjoying our racing, and approach it the way he would."

In addition, a home internationals competition – featuring Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland – is set to be hosted by the Revolutions at the 'Fastbowl' at the end of May, which was postponed because of the pandemic.

"It was supposed to be last year that we were hosting it but that will be the biggest event that we've ever hosted," Masson continued.

"That's recognition for how far we've came in our short existence, and hopefully we'll be able to host it on a more regular basis going forward.

"We've got to go with the Scottish Government and what they're saying, and obviously Scottish Cycling, and all the guidelines that will be involved in that.

"As soon as they give the go-ahead for training to proceed again then we'll be there. Hopefully, everybody will be itching to go and have a good go at it.

"It's going to be a relatively short season because of all the restrictions but we hope that everybody who was involved last year comes back.

"Because people have been stuck in their houses, we hope more will come out and give it a try as well, especially when we're hosting big tournaments like home internationals."