BENDIGO cycling star Glenn O’Shea will need to be at his brilliant best if he’s to win a third Bendigo International Madison on Sunday.
O’Shea and his Bendigo Madison partner Alex Edmondson concluded a gruelling world championship schedule in Colombia on Monday, with a 14th placing in the madison.
The duo were part of the gold medal-winning team pursuit team in Colombia, while Edmondson also won gold in the individual pursuit.
O’Shea also rode in the points score and scratch race.
O’Shea and Edmondson burst out of the blocks in the madison and lapped the field inside the first seven laps. They led the race until 108 laps to go when they lost a lap. Their tough schedule took its toll and they eventually finished 14th behind the gold medal winning team from Belgium.
O’Shea and Edmondson now face two days of travelling before arriving in Bendigo on Thursday.
While they make their way to Bendigo, last year’s Bendigo International Madison winners Christian Grassman and Leif Lampater are already in town.
The German combination - the greatest threat to O'Shea and Edmondson - will be at Tuesday night’s Bendigo International Madison launch at the Bendigo Town Hall.
Bendigo's George Tansley, who is now based in Adelaide, and Miles Scotson, who was a team-mate of O'Shea and Edmondson in the team pursuit, are another threat to the favourites.
O’Shea won the Bendigo International Madison in 2008 and 2009 with Leigh Howard.
He’ll be looking to join Leigh Howard (3), Brett Aitken (5), Stephen Pate (4), Danny Clark (5), Bob Whetters (3) and Keith Oliver (3) on the list of riders who have won the Bendigo International Madison at least three times.