Rowers to clash in 158th Boat Race
The 158th Xchanging Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge is due to take place.
Cambridge will be plotting to recapture the crown after Oxford triumphed last year with a winning time of 17 minutes and 32 seconds.
For the two university crews, the pressure does not come any greater than today's race over four and a quarter miles of the Thames between Putney and Mortlake.
The world-famous race is broadcast in 200 countries and will attract around 250,000 people to the banks of the Thames.
Cambridge are heavier and younger but they will need more than just heart on Saturday, with the more internationally experienced Oxford strong favourites to win the 158th Boat Race.
Oxford president Karl Hudspith has been preparing for the contest as if he is Mike Tyson, inspired by his rags to riches story. He said: "One of the things I've done this year is look at great sportsmen or even just great people who have gone from nothing and achieved a lot.
"I feel that has been my journey as well...I watched the biographical film about Mike Tyson. With Tyson, one of the things I was interested to see was how he prepares, walking up to the ring, all the things going through his head."
Hudspith is not alone in drawing inspiration from inside the ring.
"Just last night I was watching Rocky," said counterpart Cambridge president Dave Nelson. "There is a lot to be gained from that, in particular the message: 'You can go a long way with heart.'"
Cambridge feature just one British oarsman in Mike Thorp but Nelson believes that multi-national mix leaves them in good stead to face up to the challenge ahead. "When we come together as a crew we have a really broad experience base from a variety of programmes. It means we are better prepared to tackle what is thrown at us."