Best in a decade
ONE of the strongest fields in a decade will face the starter in tomorrow's McDonalds Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic.
The 228km race, which is the 10th round of the National Road Series (NRS) and highlight of the local cycling calendar, has attracted 11 ranked NRS teams, including the top six.
A total of 14 teams, along with individual riders, will make up the 110-strong Heinrich Haussler elite men's category.
Australia's number one team, Genesys Wealth Advisors, will be looking to defend the title won by Nathan Earle in 2010 as well as their number-one team ranking from last year's race.
Team manger Andrew Christie-Johnston has named a strong young team that will be led by Victorian rider Patrick Shaw.
Experienced former pro rider Pat Jonker, who now manages the number-two-ranked team, Jayco 2XU, will be bringing a strong team he hopes will push Genesys all the way.
Former teammate to Cadel Evans and Tour of Italy stage winner Matthew Lloyd will add some spark to the Jayco 2XU team that also includes Australian under-23 road champion Ben Dyball and Scott Law.
The weather forecast for tomorrow should have riders smiling with temperatures in the mid-to-high 20s with light north-to-north-east winds which will make for some fast racing.