Grafton to Inverell set to continue rise in 2017 #NRS17

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29 Mar 2017 Cycling Australia



The 2017 Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic will be the second round of this year’s Subaru National Road Series, the first for the men's peloton.

The race will continue with an autumn date of May 13 after the success of 2016 that saw increased numbers of riders across all grades after the event was moved from its traditional spring timeslot.

The Men’s Division 1 race remains one of the most prestigious titles on the Subaru National Road Series (NRS) calendar.

The Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic takes riders through the beautiful Clarence Valley and New England Highlands of northern NSW and will feature a 228km trek and 3382m of climbing, including the formidable 17km climb of the Gibraltar Range.

The race which is now in its 57th edition has featured many past winners and placegetters who have gone on to become a force in international cycling. Last year, the favourable May conditions saw Victorian, Pat Lane become the first rider to break six hours for the epic 228km journey.

"We are hopeful of another very strong field in the NRS Division 1 race with teams and riders looking to take advantage of the opportunity to accumulate early points in the series," said Event Director, Chris Thompson.

"The riders will need to come well-prepared as such a challenging, one day classic is sure to test the field.

“The prospect for good fields in the other divisions is equally exciting.

"The feedback from riders in 2016 complimented the earlier date in allowing them to enjoy better training conditions leading into the race."

The overall event continues to go from strength to strength, with support events to again feature three divisions of races with the addition of two new categories to increase the participation opportunities for riders.

The Regional Australia Bank Grafton to Inverell des Femmes provides an opportunity for the women to have their own race category within the Division 3 race. The ‘Challenge’ category will enable ‘non-racing’ riders to also be part of the action as they aim to complete the course in under the 9hr 30 min cut off time.

The Grafton to Inverell is such an iconic event that is extremely challenging but also very rewarding just to finish. We are extending the opportunity to experience this event to more of the cycling community,” added Thompson.

“The introduction of women a couple of years ago has been a resounding success and it is great that they now have their own category. It is a rare opportunity for women to be able to take part in a race of this distance anywhere in the world.” Entries are now open via the event website at www.graftontoinverell.com.au

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Chris Thompson (Event Director) Mobile 0408 092 592 or via email.

The 2017 Subaru National Road Series (#NRS17) is set to amaze this autumn with four events taking in three states across three weekends.

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