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  Hayley Jones on introducing a women's Madison  
 
  March 23rd 2015  
     
  For 2013 Junior Team Pursuit World Champion Hayley Jones the best part of the Madison is "definitely throwing each other around the track."

"I love being slung into the race," added Jones. "It's a good feeling to gain so much speed from just grabbing someone's hand."

A rising star of cycling on the track for Great Britain has two bronze medals at Junior World level in additional to her team pursuit title. Despite spending a lot of time based in Queensland, Jones was selected to ride for Wales at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Below Jones a bronze medallist in the Madison at the 2013 British Championships and recent fourth place finisher at the Bendigo Madison shares her unique insight in to the women's Madison having competed in the event in both Great Britain and Australia.

PelotonWatch: Bronze medallist in the British Championship in 2013 with Emily Kay what does the result mean to you?

Hayley Jones: That result means a lot to me as it was the first senior national medal and we were both still juniors at the time so standing on the podium with the best seniors in the country meant a lot.

PW: You partnered Tayla Evans in the Australian Championship at the end of last year at the sold out Hisense Arena what was the atmosphere and support like?

HJ: The atmosphere in Hisense Arena at the national Madison Championship was amazing, there were so many people in there screaming and shouting you don't even know who they are cheering for but it makes the racing that much better with a full crowd and it as good to get to race nationals with my Bicycle Superstore team mate in our team kit.

PW: You finished fourth just off the podium in the Bendigo Madison earlier this month. At least one rider in each of the top 4 teams, including yourself has been a Junior World Champion in the team pursuit. Do you think this is an indication of the quality of the field that a women's Madison attracts?

HJ: Yes it definitely is an indication that the Madison attracts top quality riders, the Madison is such a fun event it attracts everyone, at Bendigo my road team Bicycle Superstore brought three teams of riders, two of which it was their first time racing track at this level, but the girls absolutely loved it.

PW: You have competed in the Madison in both Great Britain and Australia. Have you noticed any major differences in the racing?

HJ: There are a few differences racing it here to Britain, mainly the field in British national Madison was a bit smaller to the Australian nationals and in Britain they do a lot more Madison from a young age so people had a lot more experience in the race.

PW: GB didn't hold a women's Madison in 2014 while in Australia the discipline is going from strength to strength why do you think that is?

HJ: I don't know why that is, they usually hold the Madison on the last day of the national championships, there is still a big emphasis on Madison in Britain though.

PW: Has racing a Madison helped improve your bunch racing skills both for the track and road?

HJ: It has helped improve my skills a lot, doing a lot of Madison helped with my bunch skills on the indoor track, living in Queensland for a few years I didn't get on the indoor track much so when I went to the UK to live and ride I found doing a lot of Madison racing made the other bunch races feel a lot easier in the bunch. Riding a Madison is a lot of close riding so that transfers over to road bunch riding a lot, there's a lot of touching shoulders.

PW: Have you seen the standard of racing in the women's Madison improve over the last few years?

HJ: The standard in Britain has always been high as they have always done a lot of it there, but in Australia I have only done two Madison's. At Nationals the top girls in the country were amazing the standard was so high. There were 14 teams on the track and it made for good racing, Madison is going from strength to strength in Australia.

PW: Do you think it is time for the UCI to introduce a women's Madison?

HJ: It is time; the men have one in the worlds and other UCI events so why shouldn't women have one? The Nations would support it; it's a well-supported event on a national level world wide already.
 
 
       
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