After a hugely successful season on the road, Georgia Baker has continued her fine form, taking out the 2016 Australian Madison Championship while partnering Danielle McKinnirey.
Baker and McKinnirey finished second in the race to defending champion Annette Edmondson who was partnered by Denmark’s Julie Leth after High5 Dream Team’s Jess Mundy was too sick to defend her crown with Edmondson.
As the senior rider of the pair, Baker took on the lion’s share of the responsibility, matching the blistering pace set by Edmondson in the early sprints.
“We started off well just trying to get in the swing of things as we don’t get the opportunity to race the Madison at all throughout the year,” explained Baker.
Despite a lack of practice, the duo performed well together and mid-way through the race found themselves down on Edmondson and Leth by just two points.
Many teams attempted to take a lap on the field, but none would succeed. With fifteen laps remaining, Baker and McKinnirey threw caution to the wind in an attempt to take a lap and the race lead with it.
“There was a sprint every 15 laps so we just tried to take points there but when it got down to the last 15 we knew we had to try and take a lap to win.”
“We tried for a lap but Nettie was always on to it but we gave it everything. It is the first time Dani and I have partnered up together so it was pretty awesome to get the win.
“Obviously we would have loved to take gold, that was our main goal to try and win but I think it was awesome to race with a new partner in Danni and we are learning new things” Baker concluded.