Madison National Titles go to Law & Yallouris and Edmondson & Mundy
Published21/12/2014 by Steve Knowles
New South Wales' Jackson Law and Nick Yallouris claimed the men's title, while South Australia's Annette Edmondson and Jessica Mundy (SA) defended their crown at the 2015 Madison Track National Championships in Melbourne on Saturday night.
Racing in front of a packed Hisense arena, 4000 track cycling fans were treated to a night of elite racing which saw two national titles awarded as well as the 117th Austral Wheelrace and a swag of UCI Category One Sprint Events.
The New South Wales pairing of Jackson Law and Nick Yallouris (NSW) up-staged some of the biggest names in world cycling, clinching the Madison national title ahead of world record holder Jack Bobridge (SA) and omnium world champion Glenn O’Shea (SA).
"There are no words that can describe this feeling right now,” said Yallouris after clinching is first national title.
The pair led for most of the 200 lap race, winning the first three intermediate sprints before Bobridge and O’Shea (Belkin) staged a late charge, coming within four points of the duo.
Law and Yallouris were under no illusions on the quality of the field which including reigning world champions Miles Scotson, Alex Edmondson and Olympians Leigh Howard and Cameron Meyer.
"It’s definitely no slouch field, I’m proud of this guy right here,” said Law. “Five days ago he wan’t my partner, my brother was but he got sick so Nick came in and filled the spot ten times better.
“We’ve raced a couple of Madisons together before and we’ve started getting better and better and I think now that we’ve got the stripes, it’s just going to keep getting better.”
The Queensland Institute of Sport team of Daniel Fitter (QLD) and Miles Scotson (SA) gained a lap on the field, briefly taking the lead in the race before the New South Welshman and Team Seight hit back with a lap of their own.
With 54 laps to go, Bobridge and O’Shea also gained a lap on the field to roars from the crowd, narrowing the lead.
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“The game plan going into it was just to get some points early, which we did," explained Law. "After that I wanted to sit in the bunch and rest but Nick wouldn’t let me, he attacked got about half a lap lead in two laps. He kept the pace on after the sprints which really hurt the other guys I think.
“We were in a really comfortable position, gaining little points here and there to make sure our lead stuck there. The Belkin guys came hard in the end. With two sprints to go they were getting really close, and had they won just won one more sprint, they’d have had the lead.”
In the women’s event, it was a battle royale between the defending champions Annette Edmondson and Jessica Mundy and the Tasmanian duo of triple-reigning world champion Macey Stewart and omnium bronze medalist Georgia Baker.
The South Australian duo were dominant from the gun, setting a blistering pace to and winning three from five intermediate sprints.
“The win last year was so special and to share a podium together, that was definitely a highlight of my year,” said Edmondson who together with Mundy was awarded the inaugural Australian women’s Madison title in 2014.
“A few things didn’t go quite to plan, but we managed to make the most of it and we are quite pleased,” said Edmondson who was forced to withdraw from defending her omnium national title earlier in the week after a bout of food poisoning.
Mundy was equally as delighted with her second gold medal in the event.
“There was quite a lot of attacking, especially from the other South Australian team and the Tasmanians so that kept us on our toes.
“It’s definitely amazing to be at the Hisense Arena, there’re so many people watching, it really keeps you going,” said Mundy.
Baker was pleased with her second national track medal in two days.
I had a good omnium nationals, I got bronze, so to come away with a silver today is really exciting for me,” said Baker. “Also to race at a venue like Hisense Arena is just crazy, and the crowd is really cool, I had so much adrenaline.
“The plan was obviously to concentrate on the points out there and if we had an opportunity to try to get in a break away or try and take a lap.
“I found a couple of opportunities but the SA team are pretty good.”
Omnium national champion Ashlee Ankudinoff (NSW) and Imogen Jelbart (NSW) won bronze.
UCI Cat 1 Sprint Events
Earlier in the night, fans were treated to Australia’s best sprinters in action with a powerful performance from Matthew Glaetzer (SA) seeing him winning both the sprint and keirin UCI Category One events.
“To be back in Hisense Arena is great, we haven’t been here since the 2012 World Championships and the crowd here is fantastic,” said the Commonwealth Games gold medalist.
Glaetzer showed his class in the keirin, taking the lead with one and a half laps to go and holding off a fast finishing Azizul Awang (MAS).
“Yeah, in the keirin final it’s a matter of making sure you are going with the crucial move. I had to fall to the front and control it from there. I knew the Malaysian rider was behind me, he always tries to follow the wheel for the win.
“So it was interesting to try and hold them all off.”
Anna Meares (SA) wowed the crowd with victory in the sprint ahead of Rikkie Belder (SA) while it was a role reversal in the keirin with a photo finish awarding young-gun Belder the win.
”I won the sprint, second in the keirin, it was a good night,” said Meares. “I love [Hisense], we should ride here more often.”
“I’m now looking forward to Christmas with family and a little bit of downtime. It’s getting pretty solid through to the Nationals (Melbourne, January).”
In the 117th Austral Wheelrace, Zach Williams (NZL) took the men's event while Brooke Tucker (QLD) claimaed the women's.
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