Oceania road champion in field for track classic

A GOLD medallist in the junior road race at the Oceania cycling titles, Lucas Hamilton is in the field for next month's Bendigo International Madison track classic.

Hamilton and another of Victoria's young guns, Matt Ross will team up in the McCaig Airconditioning and Daikin-backed race on Sunday, March 9.

Both were in fine form at Sunday's finale to the Oceania road titles in Toowoomba.

Hamilton won the 106.5km contest at Goombungee as Ross fought on to be ninth.

They will face a huge challenge against some of the world's best track cyclists in the Bendigo International Madison.

There have been some changes to the 16-team madison field in the past week.

Bendigo's Todd Schintler will team up with South Australia's Ed Bissaker, while Bendigo's Aydin Bowe is awaiting confirmation on a team-mate.

Germany's Leif Lampater and Christian Grassman will chase back-to-back victories.

Greatest threat to the European stars is the all-Australian pairing of Eaglehawk's Glenn O'Shea and Alex Edmondson.

A dual winner of his hometown madison, O'Shea is joining forces with Edmondson in the teams pursuit when the world track titles start later this week in Colombia.

There will be plenty of hometown support for Bendigo's Sam Crome when he teams with Dutchman Roy Pieters in the madison.

First major cycling event on the madison program is the Andy's Earthmovers criterium on the evening of Friday, March 7 in the heart of Bendigo.   

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