Ashlee Ankudinoff (NSWIS) has paired with Alexandra Manly to be crowned the 2021 AusCycling Madison national champions in Adelaide at the weekend.
The Madison is one of only six track cycling disciplines on the Tokyo Olympic Games program, with the women’s event set to make its Olympic debut.
The event features two-riders teams looking to secure points in intermediate sprints held throughout the race, including exciting changeovers between the pairings completed by a hand-sling.
In a fierce tussle between Australia’s Olympic team and rising stars, it was Ashlee Ankudinoff and Alexandra Manly who claimed the honours in the 2021 AusCycling Madison National Championships held at the Adelaide Super-Drome on Saturday 27 February.
The Australian Cycling Team pairings set the early tone in the 120-lap race, with Manly-Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker-Annette Edmondson, and Maeve Plouffe-Alexandra Martin-Wallace, dominating the early sprints.
Nothing separated Manly-Ankudinoff and Baker-Edmondson at the midway point of the race, with the two teams deadlocked on 20 point before Manly-Ankudinoff made their intentions clear with a run of five straight sprint wins.
Manly / Ankudinoff (48) finished twelve points ahead of Baker / Edmondson (26) with Plouffe / Martin-Wallace (29) rounding out the podium.
“We knew that coming into this race that we just had to be consistent and be present in all the sprints and that was how we were going to win it” said Ankudinoff.
“We made sure in the last 50 laps we made sure to put each other in strong positions so we could make the most of the opportunities to get those 5 points.”