SPRINT king in last Friday night’s MyJet criterium on the Bendigo International Madison card, Robbie Hucker will be facing the heat, hills and fast-paced action in next week’s Tour de Taiwan cycling classic.
Hucker and Drapac Racing team-mates Bernard Sulzberger, Malcolm Rudolph, Thomas Palmer, and Netherlands ace Floris Goisinnen will be aiming for team and individual glory.
The seven-day Tour de Taiwan starts on Monday and includes stages over 156km and 154km,
Hucker celebrated his 23rd birthday on Wednesday and leaves for Taiwan today.
He launched many spirited attacks in the MyJet criterium and ended up earning the La Trobe University sprint king title.
Several of Hucker’s opponents from last Friday night’s race are likely to be in Eaglehawk for this Sunday’s running of the Tony McCaig Memorial criterium.
Hucker’s older brother, Tim will race in the Borough.
Entries will be taken on Sunday, but organisers of the criterium, which is part of the Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival, are hopeful Brendan Schultz, Darren Lapthorne, and Shepparton’s Trent Stevenson will race.
Four grades will be contested by the senior field on a circuit which starts and finishes near the Eaglehawk tennis complex.
Junior racing starts at noon. First of the senior events will be at 1pm. Cyclists will be vying for points in the summer series, which has included the street criteriums and wheelraces on the track.