Tristan Ward is primed to defend his Optus Nowra Velo Club road championship next Sunday.
Ward rode to a solo win in this club title event last year and has been enjoying good form leading into the 2014 event which will be held over 85 kilometres on the Braidwood Road course.
Other contenders for the NVC road race championship will include
Levi Johns, Dylan Oaten, Jake Stuart, Scott Thompson and Mitch Cunningham. Johns has been a regular winner throughout the year so far while Cunningham has improved from C grade to A grade in a few months.
Jake Stuart usually display aggressive racing but he has had a quiet race season in 2014 and Scott Thompson will be home from Italy just days before this event. Thompson raced in England while overseas this year and has been training on the mountains in Italy but his form is unknown.
Aaron Coghlan, Matt Wright, Paul Mackie, Godfrey Green will also make the race where Nick Johns should have an A grade start following his win the NVC B grade championship recently.
Also on this program will be the NVC C grade road championship to run over 53 kilometres.
Last years major placegetters have moved up a grade but this event could be decided between Brendon Miller, Geoff Lockhart, Rob Pickard, Dave Gray and Kon Kinnas.
Hubert Driehuis is never far away at the end of a race and Michael Thompson also has some Italian mountains in his legs of late. Mel Kilby cannot be allowed any distance up the road with her time trialling ability.
Kilby has just returned from the NSW Masters time trial championships where she rode the fifth fastest womens time of the series and the best in her womens masters division two age group.
Racing starts at 9 am from Wugan Street with entries closing at 8.45 am.