The Lane ranger: Six-hour mark broken for first time in G2i
CYCLING: For the first time in more than half a century ago, the elusive six-hour mark has been cracked in the Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic.
Avanti-Isowhey Sports Team rider Patrick Lane eclipsed a record which had stood for more than three decades, finishing the gruelling 228km journey in 5 hours 57.55 minutes.
Lane and his teammates got the better of the Gibraltar Range on Saturday with six members of the most dominant cycle team in Oceania finishing in the top 10 in the 56th staging of the event.
It was action from the minute the riders crossed the Grafton Bridge with a lead group splitting from the peloton to establish a nine-minute advantage before the start of the range.
""We did not climb too hard because we had such a big lead," Lane, 24, said.
"Once we were over the top the group slowly got smaller and smaller. We started attacking each other with 80 kilometres to go and the group would thin every time someone made a move.
"This race is so long, hot and tough, guys just start to run out of legs."
Lane made his move 50 kilometres from the finish when he attempted to sprint clear but training partner and Kenyan Riders DownUnder rider Nathan Elliott went with him.
"Nathan did most of the work today, he was just awesome," Lane said. "I tried to go ahead but could not get rid of him.
"Nathan's a good mate of mine, I train with him all the time so to come into the finish together was just awesome.
"To get the record is great but I would have been equally happy to win the slowest Classic. Just winning is incredible."
Grafton Cycle Club member Jye Reardon took out the Inverell RSM Club C Grade title with a dominant performance.