Today the 51st running of the world famous Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic is taking place. It is a 228km road race that leaves the coastal plain, climbs the gruelling Gibralter Range before passing though Glen Innes and out onto the North West Slopes and Inverell. Besides the Gibralter Range other spots that test out the riders include the Waterloo Range and the infamous Wire Gully, just 18kms from the finishing line. Pictured is the Elite Class, first to leave the start in Grafton's main street, but here they are traveling on the Ryan St, South Grafton, still under control by race officials.
The fastest ever time was 6hrs 6 seconds by English cyclist Paul Curran in 1985. The conditions are excellent today, warm but not windy. To read about more interesting things that have happened over the last 50 years click here.
Only 226kms to go!!!! Best of luck to all involved.