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2019 “David Reid Homes” Grafton to Inverell
« on: May 11, 2019, 07:24:51 AM »
GRAFTON TO INVERELL CYCLE CLASSIC:
Bathurst Cycling Will Hodges (of the Olivers Real Foods Team) has won the 2019 “David Reid Homes” Grafton to Inverell CYCLE CLASSIC Hodges defeated Bridge Lane teams mates Dylan Sunderland and Nicholas White in another top class performance.

Earlier this year Hodges was Bathurst Cycling Clubs best ever performer in the historic Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic finishing 4th behind Nick White. In turning the tables on White and the BridgeLane team in NSW’s premier Road Race Hodges became the first ever Bathurst Club rider to win the Grafton to Inverell which was first contested in 1961.

The significance highlighted by Bathurst only ever having a few riders to finish in the top grade, with Blair & Mark Windsor and Jess Ridders the only riders in recent memory to finish in the top dozen of the Division 1 event.

Ridder was 5th behind Parramatta’s Jennifer Manefield in 2002, but miss the 2003 event when she dominated the National domestic scene. Mark Windsor best chance came in 1986 when he broke away with 83 winner Rick McCorkell, however the pair taken off course by the lead car at Glen Innes resulted in them re-joining the race behind the Andrew Logan group and he finished 11th. Meanwhile Blair Windsor was part of Budget Forklift very successful era being the team leader on the road. In 2012 Blair was in the leading group when team mates Peter Herzig Michael Cupitt attacked to finish 1st and 2nd, Blair taking a top 10 finish behind the pair. Others to perform well in the top grade include Craig Hutton who put in a very aggressive ride in his first Grafton to Inverell appearance, attacking at the start and only fading in the final stages to just miss the top40 in A Grade.

With the Bathurst Club (established in 1884) having such a proud history, Will Hodges history-making performances this year are something to be very proud of.

Brief Results 
2019 “David Reid Homes” Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic
A Grade - NRS Event.
1st William Hodges Oliver's Real Food Racing
2nd Dylan Sunderland Team BridgeLane
3rd Nicholas White Team BridgeLane

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Re: 2019 “David Reid Homes” Grafton to Inverell
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2019, 01:34:34 PM »
Rockley Cup rider wins Division 2 at Grafton:

The form around last years Bathurst Rockley race has been proven in this years 2019 Grafton to Inverell CYCLE CLASSIC with Rockley Cup Runner up Will Hodges winning the NRS A Grade Race and fourth place getter Andrew Finlayson winning Division 2.

On top of that the Queen of the Rockley race Jodie Martin was top 10 in the womens event behind Megan Scott. Meanwhile the D2f team (Ryan, Dunstall, Martin & ODonnald) won the Division 2B teams category. Making up the Dedicated to Fitness time of 22:53:04 was 2017 Rockley Cup winner Jeremy Ryan finishing 26th overall in Div2 (11th in Div2B) while Stephen Dunstall was 36th (16th in Div2B) and Dennis Martin 61st overall in Div2 and 30th in Div 2B...... more soon...
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