THE madison is one of the most exciting but rarer events at a track racing meeting, pitting teams of two riders against one another in a relay-style race.
So when Bathurst juniors want to learn more about the madison it's great to have a two-time former national champion in the event in the city willing to lend some pointers.
Mark Renshaw dropped by the Bathurst Velodrome on the weekend to give his insights on the madison during the Western Region Academy of Sport's cycling team camp.
Renshaw said he jumped at the chance to come down and assist at the camp - which was co-ordinated by his mother and WRAS head coach, Marian.
"There was a lot of kids with potential there so she asked if I could come out and run over some of the fundamentals and the techniques of the madison. It's a unique race, putting two riders on the track at one time," he said.
"I went over some of the techniques I used when I was racing and ways that they can improve. For a lot of them they're quite young and at the start of their careers, so they're still picking up the bits and pieces on how to ride. I really enjoyed the day out there.
"I think some the athletes still can't compete in a madison for a few years but they'll be miles ahead of some of the other riders if they work on their skills."
Renshaw was the Australia madison champion at the 2001 and 2003 National Track Championships.
The Bathurst former professional made a name for himself on the boards before making a transition into road racing, where he became one of the most reliable UCI World Tour lead out men.
"I miss a lot of things about racing, especially on the track. Some of the best years I had as a junior were as an under 17s and 19s rider back here in Australia," Renshaw said.
"It's exciting for any young rider to get down to Sydney and race on the velodrome there."
He spent some time at the camp helping the riders perfect their slings, which is a process used between the two riders in a madison to exchange turns.
Renshaw said it's such an encouraging sign to see track racing well and truly alive across Bathurst and the Central West after the discipline has been through some rough times.
"Track cycling has been dropping away a little bit in recent years because they changed a few things in the Olympics, like taking away the madison, and that had an affect all the way through the ranks," he said.
"It's great to see that they're still working on those events at camps like this."