THIS year's Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic will benefit from an increase in support from local government.

The Clarence Valley Council has voted to give the event on May 13 a sponsorship boost, taking its funding to $8000.

More than half that amount is non-cash provision of services, but the council has boosted its cash input by $300 to $3500.

The increase will allow organisers to improve women's participation, include a social ride the day before the race and boost marketing and promotion.

The council said the event traditionally has provided a boost to the local economy.



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