2017 Australian Madison Championships
A host of Australia's and the world's best cyclists are set to light up the boards of Hisense Arena on Saturday 17 December 2016.
An action packed day of track cycling will feature:
- 119th Austral Wheelrace Carnival (Juniors & Seniors)
- 2017 Australian Madison Championships for both men and women
- UCI Category 1 sprints and keirins
Ticket details to be announced soon.
About 'The Madison'
The Madison, or ‘Américaine’, is derived from six-day-races which began in 1899 in New York’s Madison Square Gardens.
Teams comprising two riders work together to amass sprint points or try to take a lap. Sprints are held every ten laps with points awarded for sprints are 1st – 5pts, 2nd – 3pts, 3rd – 2pts and 4th – 1pt sprints.
Only one member of the team is racing at any one time while his team-mate rides around the top of the track banking until it is his time to race. If a team gains a lap on the field 20 points are added to their tally. With double points on offer in the final sprint. The team with the most points is awarded the gold medal.
The race is conducted as a ‘tag team’ format where the racing rider must touch his incoming team-mate to effect the changeover. This is usually done by way of a ‘hand sling’ where the racing cyclist grabs his team-mate’s hand and slings him into the race.
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