Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s riders will compete in the annual Blenheim to Picton and return event for the Osgood Cups tomorrow afternoon.
The prestigious 54km open grade handicap event was first raced for in 1939 and carries a great array of past winners over the cup’s history. The fastest time trophy will be well sought after with approximately 8 riders from the scratch group in contention. Gerard van Antwerpen holds the current record of 1hr 15m 02s (1999) and will again be favourite for time honours even if his record is threatened. His main rivals in a sprint finish will be Conway Taylor, and youngsters Jamie Hawke and Richard Anderson. The handicap honours is wide open with the winner likely to come from a group which remains intact throughout the journey.
The junior under 17 grade will compete in a 24km handicap event over 3 laps of the lower Wairau circuit.
All riders are to assemble at the blenheim research Centre at 1pm for a 1.30pm start.