TWO cyclists with a combined age of 67 years reigned supreme in Thursday night's running of the Tony McCaig Memorial club madison in Bendigo.
Blake Agnoletto, 18, teamed with Scott Keating, 49, to win the 60-lap showdown in the finale to the Bendigo District Cycling Club's 2020-21 track season at the Tom Flood Sports Centre.
In a race determined by sprint points and laps taken it was the ability of Agnoletto and Keating to figure in the top three placings of most sprints that played a key part in their victory.
There were several solo breakaway attempts throughout, namely by the teams of Pat Eddy and Harrison Knight, Jackson Hadden and Todd Schintler.
The work of Angoletto and Keating to initiate or be involved with the chase was also crucial.
Although the crowd was much smaller than the thousands who watched him race in the 2020 Bendigo International Madison, Agnoletto was rapt with the support.
"There was a great atmosphere in what was a great race," said the Golden Mile Wheelrace champion of 2020.
The madison played a big part in Agnoletto's build-up for the Cycling Australia track nationals to be contested from March 24 in Brisbane.
Throughout a lengthy racing career, Keating has won the Rob Vernon Memorial road race, and the Melbourne to Ballarat.
The Ballarat-based cyclist has regularly headed east each Thursday to race in Bendigo this season.
"This madison caps what's been a memorable season for me," Keating said.
"I definitely didn't think this would happen.
"I am old enough for Blake to be my son.
"A lot of credit has to go to Blake. He rode extremely well, especially in the sprints.
"For me it was a case of working as hard as I could to stay on the wheel in front and put Blake in the position I could."
The madison did include the father-son team of Robert and Zac Gartside.
The madison was proudly sponsored by Peter and Julie Sens from Profound Civil Contractors.
Trophies were donated by the Baxter family.
Final standings in the 2020 edition of the Tony McCaig Memorial club madison:
Blake Agnoletto and Scott Keating 38 points; Pat Eddy-Harrison Knight 30; Jackson Hadden-Todd Schintler 29; Braeden Dean-Kade Killeen 11; Sam Buckell-Jason Finch 8; Josh Clarke-Adam Jackson 2; Harrison Morley-Jade Maddern; Robert and Zac Gartside.
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