Grafton to Inverell 2015 | photos @cyrusmonk: Best way to end the NRS season with a great team of quality blokes ??? @aws_cycling #NRS15 #g2i15 #payday #champagneshowers
@ladiesofuqcc: Congratulations go to Brodie Chapman for a stellar ride at the 2015 Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic! This was the first year women were allowed to compete in the 228km race. She was the first woman across the line, 8th overall in C grade, best placed young rider in her field and 2nd over the Gibraltar Range KOM. Her overall time is simply impressive. Great things are ahead for this talented rider. Top chick both on and off the bike. Congratulations also to Rachel Edwards for taking to the startline and finishing this history making race. #ladiesofuqcc ? Mumma Chapman
@mjkeeffe: First #g2i experience done and dusted another thanks going out to #raphaaustralia #rapharcc for your support too! #bosch
@cyclingvictoria: @aws_cycling teammates @seanlake72 & @cyrusmonk take a Victorian 1-2 at the #g2i15
@bitumen_cycling: Tiered bikes and riders at the end of #g2i2015 @cobra9 representing @reynoldscycling #cycling
@cobra9: Mood. Satisfaction blended with incredible fatigue. Well done guys. 22nd by @rowandever and the rest of the chaps coming home 30 mins down. Cobra9 Intebuild is proud of you all. #cobra9racing #attaquer #pocteam #4shaw #bhbikes #velo #outsideisfree #wymtm #igerscycling #cyclingphotos #intebuild #graftontoinverell #blackandwhite #g2i #rekt #hurtlocker @g2irace Photo @lstenner
@g2irace: Local boy in the chase group with Cooper Lake and six others #g2i
@g2irace: Back to Back A grade winner Sean Lake only 47secs off race record and 3rd fastest time in 55 years of Grafton 2 Inverell Race #G2I #g2irace #nrs15
@bincross: @bvharper83 in the break over the range! Finished 3rd place B Grade. Outstanding race, well done Beau! #G2I #comm2 #17kmclimb #MVCC
@g2irace: Lead group of 17 riders have a five minute lead after 139kk. Avanti have four riders Budget AWS AMR have 2 each. #g2i15 #g2i
@rhyleesha: SO proud of Brodie placing 8th in her grade aswell as first female across the line at G2I race today, 228km! unit #girlpower #g2i
@g2irace: Out of the saddle! #G2I?
@g2irace: Doing a great job!
@g2irace: B Grade Middle Bend #G2I?
@g2irace: The Gibralar Range – B Grade #G2I?
@g2irace: Cattle Creek climb C grade #G2I?
@g2irace: Mann river sprint Sweizer from Ben Hill and Saxon Irvine #g2i
@g2irace: 2015 Crowe Horwath Grafton to Inverell is a GO!! #G2i
@cobra9: #cobra9racing ready to roll. @g2irace
@g2irace: Nearly ready to go in the 2015 Crowe Horwath Grafton to Inverell!! #G2i15 #G2i
@bincross: Race Day Grafton to Inverell #MVCC #G2I
@bitumen_cycling: @cobra9 in Grafton for the #g2i2015
@finwillride: Grafton to Inverell!! Here we come! 228k and nearly 7 hours of hurt. Bring it. #theoddspoke #wilier #G2I #NRSVirgin
@bitumen_cycling: Race day! Bottles ready, feed bags ready. #sunshinecove #crowehorwath #macdonalds #jakazni #bindare #g2i2015
@brodie_mai: Amped to be lining up for the #g2i This year they have allowed women to race the full 228km. Although they entered me as elite men’s B ?
@dandyfeathers: Managing…… just. #g2i #g2i15
@g2irace: Sign On has Started! Come on down!
@carbonaddiction: Another shot from the 2014 #g2i this was the (ultimately) winning break heading up Gibraltar @seanlake72 in the middle @g2irace
@stinks_b: All of the bridges #g2i
@dandyfeathers: Pre-road trip #roadtrip #g2i #g2i15 #cobra9racing
@g2irace Thirsty Yet? ???????? #G2i #G2i15
@g2irace: Road Closure prep has already begun!!
[email protected]_sean (@AWS_Cycling) has made history with the first ever back-to-back @G2Irace victory. Full results to come #G2I15#NRS15
— Subaru NRS (@Subaru_NRS) October 24, 2015RELATED READING:Grafton to Inverell classic draws A grade 200 entriesMick Sherwood’s test of mettleLargest Port Macquarie contingent for Grafton to Inverell Classic2014 winner Sean Lake is on theentry list for this year’s 228kmCrowe Horwath Grafton to InverellCycle Classic. The question is,can he win again on SaturdayOctober 24 and make it adouble?
To date, Jamie Drew is theonly rider who has won the greatrace twice, but not back-to-back,as Lake will try to. Mal Rudolphhas also won the event beforeand is looking for another win.
So, there are two previouswinners in the field as well as 10National Road Series (NRS)teams and almost 200competitors across the board,and with the event less than aweek away, it is all systems gofor the toughest one-day stagerace in the state, if not thecountry.
[View the story “FairfaxRegional/grafton-to-inverell-2015” on Storify] Mick Sherwood leads out in a Tamworth Cycling Club criterium earlier this year. Pic: Barry Smith
Grafton to Inverell committeespokesman Peter Sunderlandsaid the 2015 edition would beevery bit as exciting andcompetitive as those whichcame before it.
“As defending champion,Lake, who rides for the AfricanWildlife Safari’s team, will bewearing number one for the race.And he will, of course, be amarked man.” Sunderland said.
“Being the final NRS event forthe year means the riders will bepulling out all stops in the Agrade event to grab as manypoints as they can forthemselves and their teams.
“As well, we have two gradesof club level and mastersenthusiasts, which was open towomen for the first time in anumber of years, taking on themountain.”
Lake sits in the top 10 on theNRS aggregate and his team isin third spot. Paddy Bevan fromAvanti racing is leading theindividual standings, and AvantiRacing have a slender 1 pointlead over Charter Mason in theteam’s rankings.
Top conditions expectedWeather forecasts for Saturday’s Grafton toInverell Cycle Classic indicate near perfectconditions for the 55th staging of the race.
With a top temperature of 25 degrees andsunny skies for both Grafton and Inverell, ridersshould relish the ideal race conditions. Along withthe mild temperatures, light winds from NNE willbenefit the riders.
Later the winds are predictedto turn to WNW, but will continue to be light.
Race organisers believe this will result in amuch faster pace than last year, which saw thefield battle strong westerlies and 36 degree heat.
Organising committee member PeterSunderland predicted the A grade National RoadSeries race should complete the course in aroundsix hours and 10 minutes.
“If we have an aggressive race we could seethe field come home in the fastest time sincethe race record of six hours 21seconds thatwas set in 2011.”