Bad weather overnight cleared for good racing conditions in Greymouth and on the West Coast for the Around Brunner Cycle race this morning.
48 Elite National Points series riders and over 1100 entries in the recreational event were on the start line in clear relalvent still and slightly warm conditions.
Racing was fast over the first 40 kilometres with the leading riders expected back in Greymouth around 11.20am after completed the 130km.
Sam Horgan is back to defend the elite Around Brunner title he won last year. Horgan won last year’s elite men’s race with the help of his Benchmark team mates, but this year the Subway – Avanti rider has no team support and is up against his former Benchmark team mates Andrew Williams, Daniel Barry, James McCoy, James Early and Nick and Leon Hextall.
Race mc and media manager John McKenzie from enthuse says he expects the Benchmark boys to attack Horgan and work him over in the first half of the course.
“They worked well as a team last year to get him across the line first – I expect this year they will thrown all sorts of attacks at him and it will be interesting to see if he can hold on and be there at the finish. It will make for some exciting racing.”
He says the woman’s race will be closely fought as well.
Jeannie Kuhajek from Nelson leads the female entries in the elite NPS race with last year’s female winner Nicole Anderson, last years runner up Josie Giddens and Aimee Burns all featuring early on.
Provisional results and review to come early afternoon