Local riders impress in Grafton to Inverell cycle classic
GRAFTON Cycle Club riders produced some outstanding performances in the Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic at the weekend.
Queenslander Jack Anderson took out the A-grade event to become the first recipient of the Jack Griffin Memorial Shield, named in honour of the former cyclist and promoter who died earlier this year.
Anderson claimed top honours when he slipped past New South Welshman Ben Johnson in the final sprint. Victorian Nathan Elliott finished third.
Craig Evers was the first Grafton Cycle Club rider home, finishing 12th with Yamba's Aaron Watts 19th.
Only 45 of the 120 starters finished the gruelling ride to Inverell.
Dion Wilkes was the only local competitor in the B-grade event but he did well to finish 20th.
Grafton Cycle Club riders dominated the C-grade event with Matt White and Howard Avery crossing for a Jacaranda City one-two finish. Tim Curry finished third.
White and Avery worked together for much of the race with White pulling away in the closing stages to claim victory.
White said a good preparation had paid off.
"The race is always tough but the toughest part is the section between the Range and Glen Innes," he said.
"It stays slightly uphill so you have to work hard."