Rudolph to shine in cycling world
MALCOLM Rudolph spent a couple of days at home in Maryborough over Christmas.
Sleeping in his own bed will be a pretty rare thing for the soon to be 21-year-old cyclist next year.
Rudolph, who heads back to his training base in Brisbane today, has signed for the Australian Institute of Sport/Jayco Skins Racing Team, a move that will see him race not only throughout Australia but also the world over the next 12 months.
His calendar is already looking full.
He’ll start the New Year spending most of January competing in Victoria.
The former St Mary’s College student, who will spend a week at AIS cycling headquarters in Adelaide in January as part of his induction, will come under starter’s orders in the Jayco Bay Criterium Series in Geelong on January 2-5.
Rudolph, who won the 228km Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic, considered by many to be Australia’s toughest one-day road race earlier this year, will then head to Ballarat for the Australian Road Championships.
No sooner will his commitments in Victoria end, Rudolph and his new team-mates will head over the Tasman to ride in the Tour of Wellington.
From New Zealand he will head to New Delhi in India for criterium racing and follow that by taking on the Tour of Langkawi in Malaysia.
Racing in Italy and Europe will then be on the agenda for maybe five months before Rudolph finally heads back down under to ride in the national road series.
Although he has India, Malaysia and Europe on the horizon, racing overseas won’t be a new experience for Rudolph.
He’s tasted success outside of Australia already.
He conquered the heat and his rivals to win the 167.8 km open-road race in the Tour de Jakarta in Indonesia in May.
Not surprisingly, Rudolph, the 2008 Queensland under 23 Road Cyclist of the Year and a former Australian under-19 10km scratch race champion, said the year was shaping up to be a busy one for him.
“I’d say it’s going to be the busiest of my professional career to-date,” Rudolph, who did 160km (he does about 900km a week) on his bike in training on the roads surrounding Maryborough yesterday, said.
“I’m not going to have many spare days but I’m not complaining though.
“This (signing for the Australian Institute of Sport/Jayco Skins racing team) is a great opportunity for me and one I intend to make the most of.
“My passport is going to get a real workout and I cannot wait to get started.”