Rudolph wins first race in series
IT HASN’T only been his 21st birthday that professional cyclist Malcolm Rudolph has celebrated in Victoria this week.
A couple of impressive performances on his bike were worth celebrating too.
The former St Mary’s College student started the year in style by winning a sprint during the first of four races in the Jayco Bay Criterium Series in Geelong.
He backed up that effort by finishing third in the under 23 men’s criterium championship during the Australian Open Road Championships in Ballarat on Thursday.
Rudolph, who now rides for the Australian Institute of Sport/Jayco Skins Racing Team, said it had been a good start to 2010.
“It was a quality field in action during the Jayco Bay Criterium Series so to win a sprint felt really great,” the Maryborough-based Rudolph said.
“Another pleasing aspect for me was that I finished all four races so that’s a good effort for my first hit-out of the year.”
Rudolph carried the good form from Geelong into the 33km criterium in Ballarat.
“It was a tough race – the circuit was uphill one way and downhill the other,” he said.
“With that in mind I think finishing third was good result – I am pleased with it.”
But has Rudolph managed to fit in a birthday celebration while he’s down south?
“Not yet,” he laughed.
“This is a really hectic couple of weeks for me and I’ve got no time to fit in a night out.
“I did celebrate my birthday though – I had a double scoop waffle cone filled with white chocolate, raspberries and snickers ice cream – it was the best thing ever.”
When his commitments in Victoria are over, Rudolph, who will contest the road race in the national titles today, and his new team-mates will head to New Zealand to ride in the Tour of Wellington.
His passport will get another working over after the trip across the Tasman when he heads to India for some more criterium racing.
That will be followed by the Tour of Langkawi in Malaysia and then five months racing in Italy and Europe.