Okaramio Hotel Challenge for Locals and Juniors Head North

Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s open grade riders will compete for the Okaramio Hotel Challenge Trophy from Okaramio tomorrow afternoon.
The open grade 50km handicap event covers a rolling course out to Havelock, and then over the Mahakipawa hill to almost Linkwater and return. The past winners have usually come from strong rides over the Mahakipawa climbs and then holding off the fast finishing back markers over the final 15km from Havelock to Okaramio. Normal scratch markers Gerard van Antwerpen and Andrew Jamieson will be joined by Lee Griggs, Paul Newman, Brent Ackroyd, Antony Clark and David Craig on the scratch mark in their pursuit for fastest time honours.
The majority of the local junior cyclists are travelling North this weekend to compete in the National Schools Cycling Championships in Levin, Palmerston North and Fielding. The riders Leatham Landon-Lane, Peter Crampton, Callum Saunders, Quinn Karwowski and Nick Blakiston will compete in the Sir Bernard Fergusson team time trials on Saturday. On Sunday Saunders will take part in the Tour of Manawatu whilst the other riders compete in road events, and Monday all will ride in points races on the Manfield raceway.
Local riders are to assemble at the Okaramio Hall at 1pm for a 1.30pm start.