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26-year-old Grafton to Inverell record bettered by Tasmanian.
26-year-old Grafton to Inverell record bettered by Tasmanian.

A 26-year-old record set by Commonwealth Games gold medallist Paul Curran in the 1985 Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic was consigned to history in the 2011 McDonalds classic.

Tasmanian Mark Jamieson won a three-up sprint in Inverell to win the Heinrich Haussler A-grade 228km event in 6 hours and 21 seconds, shaving 26 seconds off Curran's time.

Jamieson held off Chris Jory of Port Macquarie and Brian McLeod of Rockhampton to ride himself into history and pocket the $3500 winner's cheque.

Jamieson is a former world junior pursuit and teams pursuit champion.

The most aggressive rider for most of the gruelling event was Lachlan Morton of Port Macquarie who claimed the King of the Mountain and Sprint King titles.

WHK Accountants B grade was a triumph for Sam Stow of the Sunshine Coast (6:34:39) who outsprinted hometown star Dan Wilks and Damien Wright of Lifecycle; Chris Joustra of Latrobe Valley (6:51:53) decimated the leading bunch on the final climb in the Inverell RSM Club C grade to ride into Inverell alone ahead of Alan Moran of Sydney Uni Velo and Brett Newton of Inverell Cycle n Tri.

The Glen Innes Severn Council Celtic Classic de Femme from Glen Innes to Inverell saw Norwood rider Carlee Taylor (1:52:53) prevail ahead of Loren Rowney of Balmoral and Lauren Kitchen of Port Macquarie; and the Inverell Shire Council ladies B grade was a triumph for Melanie Roach of Coffs Harbour (1:52:58) who had a five-minute gap over Inverell Cycle n Tri members Lisa Albinus and Catherine Jeffery.

The hot conditions took a toll on the field with 256 of the more than 330 starters reaching the finish line and many looked distressed and fatigued.

Jamieson is a former world junior pursuit and teams pursuit champion.

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