TASMANIAN world champion cyclist Amy Cure will race in a quality field at the Bendigo International Madison today before heading to Europe to begin her road season contract with the Lotto-Belisol team.
The 21-year-old West Pine rider has just returned home after claiming a gold and two bronze medals at the track world championships in Colombia.
Cure will team up with New South Wales cyclist Ashlee Ankudinoff who last year partnered West Australian Isabella King to win the 60-lap women's madison title.
Cure will be joined in the event by Macey Stewart, Lauren Perry and Georgia Baker - the other members of the Tasmanian team that won gold in the team's pursuit at last month's national championships.
With the exception of South Australian star Annette Edmondson, who has race commitments in Asia, race organisers have assembled the country's best women track cyclists in this year's field.
There will also be big names racing in the men's madison with Germans Christian Grasmann and Leif Lampater returning to defend their title, Grasmann having also won the inaugural Tasmanian criterium series earlier this summer.
Australian world championships teams pursuit gold medallist Glenn O'Shea will make a return on his home track, teaming up with fellow world gold medallist Alex Edmonson, of South Australia.
James Robinson and Gerald Evans will fly the flag for Tasmania in a strong field which includes a New Zealand team and riders from the Netherlands and US.
The Bendigo Madison is the toughest race of its kind.
Contested over 200 laps and 85 kilometres, it has 34 sprints and is twice the distance it was when the madison was an Olympic event.