CYCLING ace Brendan Schultz is gearing up for a daunting task in this Sunday's race from Eaglehawk to Pyramid Hill.
Schultz will be among the scratch bunch chasing glory.
"It's one of the toughest races on the club calendar," he said on Tuesday when asked about the long-running classic on the Bendigo and District Cycling Club's road program.
The 27-year-old was in fine form as he won the gruelling climb at Mount Alexander just over 10 days ago.
"Eaglehawk to Pyramid Hill is a completely different race.
"The roads are long and straight, the wind can pick up, and you are giving up a fair amount of time to other bunches.
"We have to work together from the very start, but that's something every bunch will be trying to do."
The scratch bunch for Sunday may include two of Schultz's team-mates in the Feelgood Fitness colours - Steve Fairless and Trent Stevenson.
An Eaglehawk tp Pyramid Hill victory is a feat Schultz is yet to achieve.
Since he moved to Bendigo from Hamilton, Schultz has continued to star on the road, track and street circuits.
A highlight was teaming with Melbourne's Tyler Spurrell in this year's McCaig-Daikin Airconditioning Bendigo International Madison.
They led a star-studded field for more than half of the 200 laps on the Tom Flood Sports Centre track.
When not cycling, Schultz is busy working for Simon Rosa Landscaping.