Setting sights on national titles
MARYBOROUGH cyclist Malcolm Rudolph is training hard at the moment and has his sights firmly set on nationals, which will be held in Ballarat next month.
Rudolph has been training in Brisbane and says that has helped him to stay motivated.
“I’ve been training with a good group of guys,” he said.
The group has been keeping each other focussed while they train for the national titles and Rudolph has also been regularly competing on the criterium circuit.
“It is better than training in Maryborough where I would be training alone for four or five hours,” he said.
“It also makes the time go more quickly.”
Rudolph, 20, has had a hectic year in 2009, winning the Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic in September and winning the Tour de Jakarta, a 167.8km open-road race, a couple of months before that.
He also took part in the oldest cycling race in Australia this year, the Goulburn to Sydney, which was also held in September.
But the 2008 Queensland under 23 Road Cyclist of the Year is putting a year of strong results behind him and now focussing on the year ahead and hoping to be just as competitive.
“I’m pretty focussed on nationals now,” Rudolph, who will compete in the road race and criterium events, said.