Lake wins back-to-back Grafton to Inverell titles

Sean Lake (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team) has made history with the first ever back-to-back Crowe Horwath Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic victory, securing the 55th edition of the race with a solo effort to repeat his 2014 achievement.

Despite being unable to compete at the last stop on the men’s Subaru National Road Series calendar, an insurmountable points lead saw New Zealander Patrick Bevin (Avanti Racing) crowned overall champion.

While Jamie Drew won the iconic Grafton to Inverell in 1997 and 1999, Lake becomes the first cyclist to win consecutive editions of what is often labelled the hardest one-day race in Australia. The former rower broke away with 50 kilometres to go, before maintaining his lead on the Inverell descent to beat team-mate Cyrus Monk and Tom Davison (Avanti Racing) by over four minutes.

"It is absolutely amazing," said an exuberant Lake, who has only been cycling competitively for two years, following his win. "I love this race, and especially with my team-mates finishing second and fourth to get our best-ever team result – I am just stoked."

The 228 kilometre epic was particularly special for Avanti Racing, who claimed the Subaru National Road Series team’s title by six points after a tight year-long tussle with CharterMason Giant Racing and finished the season with Bevin in the aggregate leader’s jersey.

Bevin will soon become the latest Avanti Racing rider to join a World Tour team, with the Kiwi set to race for Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling in 2016. While Bevin had an unassailable lead atop the rankings prior to the race, he was pleased to confirm his victory after a strong year.

"To take the title is very satisfying personally and it really underlines a great overall season," said Bevin, who is currently in the United States training with Cannondale-Garmin. "Being the sixth Avanti Racing rider to win the Subaru National Road Series shows the amount of preparation and work that the team does to have top riders every year and manage them through a long season."

Ahead of his forthcoming World Tour switch, Bevin paid credit to Australia’s premier domestic cycling competition and its role developing elite talent.

"The diversity of the Subaru National Road Series puts me in great shape for moving to Cannondale-Garmin next year," he continued. "When you look at the different riders to have won over the last few seasons there is not just one mould of rider, which in my opinion demonstrates that the Series gives all riders the opportunity to showcase their ability."

Lake’s team-mate Monk collected the Jakazni King of the Mountain jersey after his strong effort over the Gibraltar Range and the TopBuild Frame & Truss Sprint King jersey, to cap an impressive day for African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team. The Crowe Horwath Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic concludes the men’s Subaru National Road Series for 2015.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sean Lake (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)6:01:13
2Cyrus Monk (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)0:04:05
3Tom Davison (Avanti Racing Team)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Patrick Lane (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Lucas HamiltonRow 4 - Cell 2
6Mark O'Brien (Avanti Racing Team)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Samuel Hill (GPM Stulz)0:04:51
8Dylan Sunderland (AMR Renault Racing Team)0:05:10
9Kristian Juel (Team Budget Forklifts)0:09:48
10Michael Torckler (Team Budget Forklifts)0:11:46
11Samuel Burston (Mobius Future Racing)0:12:35
12Alexander Smyth (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Malcolm RudolphRow 12 - Cell 2
14Mitchell Mulhern (Team Budget Forklifts)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Alex Grunke (Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Saxon IrvineRow 15 - Cell 2
17Nathan ElliottRow 16 - Cell 2
18Mathew RossRow 17 - Cell 2
19Darcy Woolley (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Joseph Cooper (Avanti Racing Team)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Ryan Thomas (Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Rowan Dever (Cobra9 Racing)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Timothy Cameron (AMR Renault Racing Team)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Mark Crawford (GPM Stulz)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Rylee Field (GPM Stulz)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Brodie Talbot (Team Budget Forklifts)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Karl Evans0:12:41
28Dylan Newbery (Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody)0:12:43
29Jeremy Cameron (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)0:23:56
30Matthew Rizzuto (AMR Renault Racing Team)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Aden Reynolds (Mobius Future Racing)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Rob Webb (Mobius Future Racing)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Aaron Watts (AMR Renault Racing Team)0:33:53
34Harrison Wiles (St. George Merida)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Jordan PayneRow 34 - Cell 2
36Adam Allen (Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Ayden TooveyRow 36 - Cell 2
38Harrison Bailey (GPM Stulz)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Kurtis Brent (Cobra9 Racing)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Cameron Judson (Sydney University Velo Club)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Danny PulbrookRow 40 - Cell 2
42Dugald MacArthur (Cobra9 Racing)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Adam White (Cobra9 Racing)Row 42 - Cell 2
44David Melville (Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Daniel PaineRow 44 - Cell 2
46Jesse Coyle (Sydney University Velo Club)Row 45 - Cell 2
47John Freiberg (AMR Renault Racing Team)0:57:20
48Aaron Dunford0:59:09
49Nicholas LeonardRow 48 - Cell 2
50Rupert Leigh (Cobra9 Racing)0:59:12
51Marcus Culey (Mobius Future Racing)1:04:19
52Lucas Laxale (Mobius Future Racing)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Andrew FinlaysonRow 52 - Cell 2
54Wesley HurrellRow 53 - Cell 2
55Benjamin Harvey (St. George Merida)1:09:00
DNFMichael Schweizer (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)Row 55 - Cell 2
DNFBenjamin Hill (Charter Mason Giant Racing Team)Row 56 - Cell 2
DNFSam Crome (Charter Mason Giant Racing Team)Row 57 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Edwards (Charter Mason Giant Racing Team)Row 58 - Cell 2
DNFJoshua Taylor (Charter Mason Giant Racing Team)Row 59 - Cell 2
DNFTom Leaper (Charter Mason Giant Racing Team)Row 60 - Cell 2
DNFTom Robinson (Charter Mason Giant Racing Team)Row 61 - Cell 2
DNFNicholas Katsonis (Charter Mason Giant Racing Team)Row 62 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Giacoppo (Avanti Racing Team)Row 63 - Cell 2
DNFFraser Gough (Avanti Racing Team)Row 64 - Cell 2
DNFTaylor Gunman (Avanti Racing Team)Row 65 - Cell 2
DNFNeil Van Der Ploeg (Avanti Racing Team)Row 66 - Cell 2
DNFJacob Kauffmann (Team Budget Forklifts)Row 67 - Cell 2
DNFMatthew Slee (AMR Renault Racing Team)Row 68 - Cell 2
DNFBen Carman (AMR Renault Racing Team)Row 69 - Cell 2
DNFTerence Bonner (Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody)Row 70 - Cell 2
DNFKyle Bridgwood (Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody)Row 71 - Cell 2
DNFJoel Walsh (GPM Stulz)Row 72 - Cell 2
DNFEdward White (GPM Stulz)Row 73 - Cell 2
DNFJesse Ewavanti Racing Team (GPM Stulz)Row 74 - Cell 2
DNFPatrick Sharpe (St. George Merida)Row 75 - Cell 2
DNFTamas Allenby (St. George Merida)Row 76 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel Bonello (St. George Merida)Row 77 - Cell 2
DNFRhys O'Shea (Sydney University Velo Club)Row 78 - Cell 2
DNFMark Keefe (Sydney University Velo Club)Row 79 - Cell 2
DNFNicholas WoodsRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFAndrew FellRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFThomas CoatesRow 82 - Cell 2
DNSPatrick WilsonRow 83 - Cell 2
DNSSamuel VolkersRow 84 - Cell 2
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NRS Teams Aggregate
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Avanti Racing Team190pts
2Charter Mason Giant Racing Team184Row 1 - Cell 3
3African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team90Row 2 - Cell 3
4Team Budget Forklifts64Row 3 - Cell 3
5Pat's Veg Cycling54Row 4 - Cell 3
6Navitas Satalyst Racing Team50Row 5 - Cell 3
7search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team32Row 6 - Cell 3
8Mobius Future Racing30Row 7 - Cell 3
9AMR Renault Racing Team27Row 8 - Cell 3
10OTOC Vault Racing25Row 9 - Cell 3
11Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody25Row 10 - Cell 3
12Swiss Wellness Cycling Team23Row 11 - Cell 3
13Swiftcarbon PhysioHealth Cycling Team23Row 12 - Cell 3
14GPM Stulz20Row 13 - Cell 3
15Subaru NSWIS Development Team19Row 14 - Cell 3
16Team Scody Downunder13Row 15 - Cell 3
17Oliver's Real Food Racing13Row 16 - Cell 3
18Phoenix Cycling Collective10Row 17 - Cell 3
19Seight Cycling Team10Row 18 - Cell 3
20Subaru Albion Development Team9Row 19 - Cell 3
21Jayco/John West/VIS8Row 20 - Cell 3
22Wormall Civil CCS Cycling Team8Row 21 - Cell 3
23SASI/Callidus Cycling Team6Row 22 - Cell 3
24Dulux TIS Racing Team5Row 23 - Cell 3
25Anchor Point South Coast4Row 24 - Cell 3
26St. George Merida3Row 25 - Cell 3
27Team Lightsview3Row 26 - Cell 3
28Team McDonalds Downunder2Row 27 - Cell 3
29DH Racing1Row 28 - Cell 3
30GDT Provident Racing1Row 29 - Cell 3
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NRS Aggregate
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Patrick Bevin (NZl) Avanti Racing Team82pts
2Michael Schweizer (Ger) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team51Row 1 - Cell 3
3Joseph Cooper (NZl) Avanti Racing Team43Row 2 - Cell 3
4Brad Evans (NZl) Pat's Veg Cycling39Row 3 - Cell 3
5Raphael Freienstein (Ger) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team38Row 4 - Cell 3
6Benjamin Hill (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team36Row 5 - Cell 3
7Patrick Shaw (Aus) Avanti Racing Team36Row 6 - Cell 3
8Scott Sunderland (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts32Row 7 - Cell 3
9Sean Lake (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team30Row 8 - Cell 3
10Sam Crome (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team27Row 9 - Cell 3
11Daniel Fitter (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team26Row 10 - Cell 3
12Matthew Clark (Aus) Avanti Racing Team24Row 11 - Cell 3
13Keagan Girdlestone (NZl) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team22Row 12 - Cell 3
14Jack Bobridge (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts18Row 13 - Cell 3
15Neil van der Ploeg (Aus) Avanti Racing Team18Row 14 - Cell 3

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