With entries for this year's Eastmon Digital Photo Stores Grafton to Inverell closing this Sunday, early entries indicate another big field will contest the race. Organisers are confident the final entries for the September 17 classic in northern New South Wales will top 150. Early entries include riders from Tasmania, Victoria, ACT, Queensland and NSW.
Third placegetter in last year's A Grade race, Richard Vollebregt, has confirmed he will be starting the 228km race. Joining him the A grade race will be Peter Milostic. Penrith rider Milostic has had several podium finishes in the Grafton to Inverell over the past five years and will be looking to fill the top spot this year. Young local rider Andrew Wyper has confirmed his entry for his first attempt at the race. Wyper will return from a stint racing in Europe on September 9th and will line up in A Grade.
The A Grade field will contest two different competitions within the race. The Danbuilt sprint king series will see riders collecting points in a series of sprint points along the course. The riders more suited to the uphill sections will chase the Adina Watches King of the Mountains (KOM) title. Points for the KOM will be awarded to the first three riders to reach the summit of five selected climbs during the race. To win either of these competitions, riders will need to complete the course inside the 5pm cut-off.