Callum Scotson and Kelland in the Madison at Oceania Championships. Photo: Con Chronis
Hisense Arena to buzz with pre-Christmas excitement for Madison Nationals
Hisense Arena will be a buzz with pre-Christmas excitement this weekend when the Cycling Australia Madison National Championships hits the track on Saturday December 17.
The Madison headlines an action packed day of track cycling at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena which also includes the 119th Austral Wheelrace Carnival and UCI Category 1 Sprints and Keirins from 6:30pm.
The men’s Madison field is littered with some of the world’s best, including WorldTour stars Caleb Ewan (NSW) and Mark Renshaw (NSW) will ride together for the first time in the event.
No stranger to the track, pocket rocket Ewan boasts junior omnium world title to his name, plus multiple national championship wins, while veteran Renshaw’s resume includes world titles and world records in the team pursuit.
Two-time Madison world champion Cameron Meyer (WA) will pair with young-gun Sam Welsford (WA) who claimed Olympic silver in addition to world, Oceania and national titles on the track in 2016.
Australia’s crop of rising stars will be on show with former junior Madison world champion duo Kelland O’Brien (VIC) and Rohan Wight (SA) to battle each other as they pair with Olympic silver medallist Callum Scotson (SA) and 2016 world champion Alex Porter (SA) respectively.
After Cycling Australia first introduced the Women’s Madison into the Australian national program in 2013, the event has gone from strength to strength.
And with the women’s Madison to be introduced into the World Championship schedule from 2017, competition is set to be fierce in a superbly talented women’s field.
Annette Edmondson (SA) and Jessica Mundy (SA) reunite and will be looking to replicate their winning ways which saw them take the crown in 2015.
Edmondson recently paired with Amy Cure (TAS) to claim the Oceania title, with Cure to partner with fellow Tasmania Georgia Baker which sets up a mouth-watering battle.
Last July Jade Haines (WA) and Ruby Roseman-Gannon (VIC) paired to win the Madison at the Junior World Championships (demonstration). But this weekend they will face off with Haines to ride with Queensland’s Kristina Clonan, and Ruby Roseman-Gannon to join forces with Chloe Moran (SA).
The Madison headlines an action packed day of track cycling on Saturday December 17 at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena - the two-time World Championship and 2006 Commonwealth Games venue.
The day also includes the 119th Austral Wheelrace Carnival (Juniors & Seniors) and UCI Category 1 sprints and keirins from 6:30pm.
General admission tickets are available online through Ticketek for as little as $20 for a concession and $25 for an adult. Or at the door. More informatio