THEY won just two sprints, but being a lap up meant Aidan Bowe and Luke Knox won the Tony McCaig Memorial A-grade madison on Thursday night.
The 135-lap contest on the Tom Flood Sports Centre track was an exciting finale to the Bendigo and District Cycling Club's 2013-14 season.
Just days after his race in the Bendigo International Madison was cut short after being hurt in a crash, Bowe was back racing.
He and Knox teamed up to take on dual Bendigo International Madison winner Glenn O'Shea and the classic's latest winner Sam Crome.
O'Shea and team-mate Corey Clarke won the first two of the 18 sprints.
Many of the sprint duels featured O'Shea-Clarke and Sam Crome teamed with Tayla Evans.
By race end it was Bowe and Knox a lap up on all rivals and the latest winners of the A-grade classic.
Racing for the B-grade title was a dramatic battle.
Going into the final sprint, Troy Sait and Neil Thomson were joint leaders with Clay Anstee and Rick McIntosh on 13 points.
The win by Massie Knight and Adam Nicolson in the last sprint lifted their score to 14, but Thomson and Sait gained two points and were the winners on 15.
A-grade: Aidan Bowe-Luke Knox 0 laps down, 27 points; Glenn O'Shea-Corey Clarke -1, 52; Sam Crome-Tayla Evans -1, 47; Mark Flood-Liam Harland -1, 23; Luke Drummond-Nic Simpson -1, 16; Todd Schintler-Taylor Anstee -2, 18; Robert Oakenfull-Justin Leske -2, 12; Dean McNamara-Peter Sens -2, 3; Adam Jackson-Lachlan Goode -3, 9; Steve Rooney-Syd Anstee -4, 0; Sam O'Dea-Jordan Lucas -8, 0.
B-grade: Troy Sait-Neil Thomson 15 points; Massie Knight-Adam Nicolson 14; Clay Anstee-Rick McIntosh 14; Adam Lennon-Anthony Clarke 8; Terry Harrington-Marquessa Jelbart 7; Liam Frye-Lachlan Carr 6; David Mannix-Ken Waldron -1, 2.