Wheels in motion for classic race

EVERY milestone should be celebrated, and the 50th Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic is no exception.

This year the party will begin before the bikes have even been mounted. Sign-on will be staged on Friday in Memorial Park, Grafton, and will hopefully take on a festival atmosphere.

Race spokesperson Peter Sunderland said a range of entertainment was booked for the afternoon.

“It should be the precurser to a great event,” he said.

“We will also be presenting the elite teams to the crowd, so remember the names we read out. One of them will likely be the winner of the race.”

The sign-on will kick-off at 4pm and wrap up at 8pm. However, that won’t be the end of the action.

On Saturday morning, the start of the race will be celebrated with a free barbecue at the start line.

The field for this year’s Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic could well be the largest field ever to compete in a cycle race in Australia.

A total of 536 riders have entered for seven different race categories, with a further 18 starters for the Masters Sportif ride.

Cycling NSW CEO Kevin Young is extremely enthused by the record entries for this year’s events.

“Cycling is experiencing real growth, with record membership and participation levels at present, no doubt buoyed on by the success of Australian riders at the recent World Road Championships and Commonwealth Games,” he said.

“Having two world renowned professional riders in attendance, Scott Sunderland and Heinrich Haussler, is an added bonus for competitors and no doubt is a major drawcard for this year’s anniversary event.

“Cycling NSW is ecstatic with the support from members for this year’s 50th anniversary running of the McDonalds Grafton to Inverell Cycling Classic.

“It is the first time that we can recall a major road classic attracting in excess of 500 participants, a milestone for our sport.”




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