Fast racing and close competition is expected when Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s open grade riders compete for the Van Antwerpen trophies from Grovetown tomorrow afternoon.
The open grade 44km handicap event starts and finishes in Vickerman Street, Grovetown and covers 3 laps of the Lower Wairau circuit. The flat and fast circuit has provided some big bunch finishes over the last few years and competition will be keen throughout the handicap marks to keep the scratch markers at bay. Brodie and Tony Catterick will have to be favoured for fastest time honours after their breakaway from their scratch co-markers in the Funnell Trophy event two weeks ago. Though with Gerard van Antwerpen back from overseas, and other scratch riders Ray Dunstan, Josh Scott, Jeremy Mckenzie, Conway Taylor, and Andrew Jamieson starting to come into some form, their task will be harder to achieve.
The junior under 17 grade will compete in a 24km handicap event for the Amtman and Sincock trophies. Callum Saunders will be hot favorite for time honours with his closest competition coming from Will Hart, Quinn Karwowski, and Nick Blakiston.
There will also be a shorter 24km open event for newcomers not wishing to do the longer distance. All riders are to assemble at 137 Vickerman Street at 1pm for a 1.30pm start.