LAST year's Grafton to Inverell winner and record holder Mark Jamieson will ride for local Inverell wildcard team Aussie Hotel Inverell in the 2012 event on October 27.
The team has received great support from local Inverell businesses, especially major sponsor the Aussie Hotel, and enter the race with the main objective to win the teams classification.
Team captain Brendan Jones believes their team of Jamieson, Michael Troy, Geoff Straub and himself are a strong foursome that will put together a solid race as a team. "For a local team to have the defending champion and current record holder on board is very exciting and has motivated the rest of the team to do our best to get him up for a back-to-back win," he said.
The team will face very tough opposition from the leading Subaru National Road Series teams who have been battling all year for the prestigious titles. As the final race of the series, this year's Grafton to Inverell is almost guaranteed to feature exciting racing on a course that suits the real strongmen of the sport.
The race will depart Grafton at 8am and follow the Gwydir Highway, passing through Glen Innes before finishing to a friendly Inverell welcome at 2pm. The Gwydir Highway between Tindals Road, 12km west of Grafton, and Bald Nob Road, 15km east of Glen Innes, will be closed to traffic as the race proceeds to Inverell. The highway at Jackadgery is expected to re-open at 10.30am with the Bald Nob Road closure expected to re-open at 2pm.
For more information, visit www.graftontoinverellcycleclassic.com.au