Large fields are expected at Fairhall tomorrow afternoon when Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s riders compete for the David Duff Memorial Trophy and the Newport Trophy.
The open grade 56km massed start/sealed handicap event will cover a course from Fairhall hall and around the large Hawkesbury circuit 4 times and return.The testing course usually sees the field split up in the first 10km with the stronger riders vying for the trophy and the fastest time medals. Favourites would have to be Gerard van Antwerpen, Conway Taylor, Tony Catterick, Jono Lee, Ray Dunstan and Chris Heywood. Also four times winner Kevin Bishell (1989, 2001, 2004, 2007) cannot be discounted. With medals also at stake in the handicap section, other riders in the field will be trying to group to save valuable time.
The junior under 17 grade will race in a 26km massed start/sealed handicap event around the small Hawkesbury circuit twice and return. Good rivalry will be expected again between Brody Catterick and Callum Saunders for the fastest time honours. Competition will be intense for the prize vouchers at stake for the time and sealed handicap placings.
All riders will assemble at Fairhall Hall for both events tomorrow. The junior under 17 grade will assemble at a new time of 11.30am for a 12 noon start, whilst the open grade will assemble at the normal time of 1pm for a 1.30pm start.