The Eastmon Digital Photo Stores Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic, scheduled for September 17, is heading for its 45th consecutive edition this year. The race is regarded as Australia's toughest one-day cycle race is already attracting some home-grown talent in the A grade field: Brendan Jones, who now rides for the Parramatta club in Sydney, has confirmed his entry after finishing 25th in his first attempt at the Grafton to Inverell last year. Jones will be out to improve on this effort in the September 17 race.
Andrew Wyper has indicated to organisers that he will return from overseas to ride his first Grafton to Inverell. 20 year-old Wyper has been racing in Germany with the Cottbus Cycling Club and is currently training in Italy with former Inverell rider Heinrich Haussler, who is in his first year as a professional with the German Gerolsteiner Team. Wyper will then compete in a four-day tour in Cologne before returning to Australia around the September 9 to complete his preparations for the Grafton to Inverell.
The B Grade section will be sponsored by the Inverell and Grafton Telstra Shops. The race sign on will be held at the Grafton Telstra shop in Prince Street on Friday, September 16 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The B Grade section will start at 7:30am from Prince Street in Grafton.