Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s riders are in for a challenge tomorrow when they compete for the Pelorus Cup on the Canvastown to the top of the Whangamoa and return course.
The open grade 80km handicap event will see some strong riding in the back marks as many riders prepare themselves for the N Z Club National Championships in Nelson in October. Most handicap groups usually try to stay intact over the Rai Saddle and Whangamoa climbs on the outward journey to keep the back markers at bay. The long drag through the Collins Valley and the Rai Saddle climb usually takes its toll on the riders as they start to tire. Then it’s another 20km rolling ride home to Canvastown. Favourites for fastest time amongst the scratch riders will be Tony Catterick, Jamie Hawke and Chris Heywood with Paul Newman and Kevin Bishell also being in the mix.
The junior under 17 grade will also compete for the Pelorus Cup in a 35km handicap event to Rai Valley and return. Ethan Roach and Callum Saunders will be powering it through the field from the scrach mark with Andrew Curnow’s record of 57m 33s (2005) looking to be under threat.
All riders are to assemble at the Canvastown School carpark at 1pm sharp with the front markers likely to start around 1.15pm.