Osgood Cups At Stake

Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s riders will compete in the annual Blenheim to
Picton and return event for the Osgood Cups tomorrow afternoon.
The prestigious 54km open grade handicap event was first raced for in 1939
and carries a great array of past winners over the cup’s history. The
handicap honours are wide open with a large field of riders expected to
compete. The winner is likely to come from a group which remains intact
throughout the journey.
The fastest time trophy is also well sought after with scratch rider Gerard
van Antwerpen trying for his fourth consecutive win. Van Antwerpen holds the
current record of 1hr 14m 30s, set in 2009, after holding the previous
record of 1hr 15m 02s since 1999. His main rivals in a sprint finish will be
tougher this time around with co-markers George Baxter, Callum Saunders and
Jeremy McKenzie his main rivals.
The junior under 17 grade will compete in a 21km handicap event over 3 laps
of the lower Wairau circuit.
Open grade riders are to assemble at the Blenheim Research Centre and the
junior under 17 grade at the corner of Dillons Point Road and Rowberrys Road
at 1pm for a 1.30pm start.