MORE than 150 riders from across Victoria are gearing up to compete in this Sunday's Rob Vernon Memorial Handicap.
The race, organised by the Bendigo and District Cycling Club, is the biggest open road cycling race in the city.
Cyclists are vying for a share in the $3500 prize money with senior riders set to race 112 kilometres.
Sam Crome and Tim Hucker are among the 17 cyclists will be a part of the scratch bunch in the senior field.
Bendigo young guns Isaac Buckell and Alexander Allott will also begin off scratch in the junior categories.
Bendigo and District Cycling Club committee member Syd Anstee said it should be an exciting day of racing with several cyclists from across the region in with a chance.
He said the riders to watch were Bendigo trio Luke Knox, Marty Banfield, Dean McNamara and Justin Leske.
The memorial race will begin at the Strathfieldsaye Sports Club at 11am.
Cyclists will ride through Sutton Grange, Metcalfe and Redesdale before finishing in Emu Creek.