HE has earned himself the reputation as the finest lead out sprinter in the world of road cycling, but next month Bathurst’s Mark Renshaw will return to his roots for a track race.
Renshaw is set to contest the 2017 Australian Madison Championships, which will take place at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena on December 17.
"My first race back here will be the national madison championships,” Renshaw, who is currently in South Africa at a training camp with his Dimension Data team, said.
"I will be riding with Caleb Ewan, so it should be good, but neither of us have done any track for a long time.
"Both of us have only just started training too, so don't expect the world from us.”
Though Renshaw might play down the chances of himself and Ewan, the pairing is one which will attract attention.
Ewan is the current Australian criterium champion, while the sprinter also enjoyed a good season in Europe riding for the Orica-BikeExchange Team.
His last major track meet was at the National Team Pursuit Championships in 2013 and he is excited at the prospect of racing alongside Renshaw.
“Looking forward to getting back on the track next month for the Cycling Australia national madison champs! Holding hands with Mark Renshaw,” Ewan tweeted.
Renshaw has not competed at a major track event since tackling the Clarence Street Cyclery Cup at Sydney’s Dunc Gray Veldodrome four years ago.
However, he does have a strong background in track cycling and is familiar with the madison.
In 2004 when the Track World Championships were staged in Melbourne, the Bathurst talent placed fourth.
A year earlier he and Steve Wooldridge were national madison champions.
When Renshaw lines up in Melbourne, he will be attempting to win his first Australian madison crown in 13 years.
Looking forward to getting back on the track next month for the Cycling Australia national madison champs! Holding hands with Mark Renshaw.Caleb Ewan