Women gear up for second madison duel

LESS than two weeks after starring on Bendigo's streets, Nicole Whitburn will be chasing madison glory on Bendigo's track.

Whitburn will join forces with Chloe Baggs in the 60-lap madison at the women.ise event on Saturday, March 8 at the Tom Flood Sports Centre.

A year after an exciting debut on the Bendigo International Madison program, the next women's madison has drawn a class field.

The carnival's women's night will include an A-grade 10-lap scratch race and the Black Pearl 400m.

A key figure on the madison committee, Wendy James said women's night was a fantastic inititative.

"Last year's madison drew a lot of support from cyclists and sponsors," James said.

"We believe the field for next month's madison is stronger."

James said there was a drive for a women's madison to be on the Olympic cycling program.

She said the Bendigo International Madison committee was keen to support that push.

"It's all about giving our cyclists the opportunity to compete in as many madisons as they can.

"We have a lot of quality track cyclists racing in this event. They are keen to show what they can do."

James said innovation had been a hallmark of the Bendigo International Madison for a long time.

"Bendigo has such a strong cycling history. It's important to keep trying new ideas and not do the same thing year after year."

Victorious as team-mates in 2013, Ashlee Ankudinoff and Bella King are opponents this time.

King will chase glory with Jess Mundy.

Ankudinoff and Amy Cure will be another team to watch in a race determined from points in the intermediate sprints or on laps taken.

Teams for the women's madison:

Gabrielle Belz and Rebecca Sutherland (Victoria); Alex Manly-Dani McKinnery (SA); Nicole Whitburn-Chole Baggs (Victoria); Stacey Reidel (SA) and TBA; Tayla Evans (Bendigo) and Lauretta Hanson (Macedon); Georgia Baker (Tasmania) and Josie Talbot (NSW); Bella King-Jess Mundy (SA); Amy Cure-Ashlee Ankudinoff  

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