Grafton cycle club members (in yellow) at the starting line, there were 14 local entrants. Only 228 kilometres to go. Image: Brock Beadman – Grafton City Cycles

Grafton to Inverell goes to Bathurst’s Will Hodges

Bathurst’s Will Hodges has taken out this year’s Grafton to Inverell one Day Cycle Classic.

Hodges finished the 228-kilometre ride (which featured 3382 metres of climbs) in six hours and 27 minutes and only metres ahead of Inverell’s Dylan Sunderland. Nicholas White (Sunderland’s teammate) finished third, just 25 second behind the top two. And in a very tight finish and two seconds behind White was a group of five riders.

Team BridgeLane (whom Sunderland rides for), won the team title – finishing one second ahead of Hodge’s Oliver’s Real Food Racing.

The women’s race was won by Sydney rider Megan Scott, with Katie Banerjee also from Sydney finishing second and Kate Perry from Melbourne in third.