Hill climbing will certainly play a major part in the results of the riders in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s James Palatchie Memorial Cup event tomorrow afternoon.
The open grade 45km handicap event from Blenheim into the Awatere Valley and return has always been a true test for the riders, since its inception in 1947, with the climbs over the Weld and Dashwood Pass. The event starts on SH1 in Riverlands and follows a course into the Awatere Valley Road before turning home to finish in Alabama Rd opposite Riverlands hall. Past winners of the prestigious event lining up tomorrow are Antony Clark (2004), Mary Lister (2006) and Gill Painter (2008). Amongst the favourites for time honours are Tony Catterick, Gerard van Antwerpen, Conway Taylor, Chris Heywood, and Jono Lee.
All riders are to assemble for the open race at Riverlands Hall at 1pm for a 1.30pm start.
The junior under 17 grade will compete in a handicap event over 24km on the Taylor Pass Road for the Palatchie Cup. On recent form Callum Saunders will be favoured for time honours on the rolling course. Riders are to assemble just beyond the new roundabout on Taylor Pass Road at 1pm for a 1.30pm start.