Bendigo International Madison returns for its 47th year

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Bendigo International Madison returns for its 47th year

The Bendigo International Madison will see champions aplenty take over the city across the March long weekend this year.

Back for its 47th edition, the Bendigo International Madison is a cycling carnival held in the picturesque town of Bendigo welcoming some of the world’s best cyclists and athletes, some whom have struck gold at world, Commonwealth Games, national titles, and even few Olympians.

Popular for its exciting changes and sometimes, spectacular crashes, the Madison has always been able to attract world class athletes. Over many years cyclists have made their presence felt in events and all have contributed to a cycling history that Bendigo can be proud of.

Never heard of it?

Well, the Madison is a race in which 17 pairs of riders race over a hectic 200 laps of the Tom Flood Sports Centre. Riders firstly try to gain a lap advantage over other teams or score sprint points during the 34 sprints dotted throughout the race. At any one time there are riders sprinting, changing or attacking in this frantic event. We can guarantee you’ll be on the edge of your seat for this!

Kicking off the weekend program, the Bendigo International Madison will celebrate with a Hall of Fame Luncheon at 12pm, followed by the Ronde Sports Challenge at 6pm and the 60 lap Madison Prelude-Full Madison Field at 8pm.

Saturday’s program will see Cycling and Athletics take over the Tom Flood Sports Centre.
Athletics will kick off from 11am, with cycling at 4pm featuring Athletics finals, the Women’s Madison and the Womens Black Pearl 400m.

Sunday follows closely with the Cycling and Athletics Finals from 2pm, and a feature block from 5:30pm. At this final day, you’ll be able to witness the Golden Mile Wheelrace, 120m Gift, Black Opal 400m, 200 lap Madison and a special display of fireworks to close out the event.

It is an event not to be missed. Once you have seen it you will be back again.

Visit for more information. Family, adult, child and concession tickets are available for single day or two days passes.