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47th Grafton to Inverell - NE

New South Wales, Australia, September 15, 2007

2006 Results    Results    Past winners

Surprise attack, but not a surprise winner takes out the Grafton

By Paul Verkuylen in Inverell

Cameron Hughes
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Cameron Hughes won the 47th running of the Grafton to Inverell classic. The 35 year-old personal trainer from the sunshine coast soloed away from his fellow break-away companions with over 70 kilometres remaining to win by a convincing 3'48" from the in form FRF-NSWIS rider Robert Cater and VIS recruit Patrick Shaw.

Hughes was exhausted after the event but was beaming, "I have always wanted to win this event, I won in 1996 in B grade, and since then have ridden the event only sporadically, I'm stoked this is a great win," he told Cyclingnews after the finish.

It was his biggest win, and also marks an important victory for his newly formed Ord Minnett team. "The team was created to help the younger riders gain experience and learn in a productive environment," Hughes remarked. The team has been steadily improving over the past few months, and after Hughes finished fourth overall in the Tour of the Murray river a few weeks ago. The team was looking to take the results to the next level, and win a national series event.

Favourite today McDonald was visibly disappointed, "I blew pretty early actually, I couldn't get any water, as they didn't have a neutral for it, so I ran out pretty early and had to wait 20 kilometres till the next feed," he explained, the hot conditions obviously taking their toll.

"My attacks were to help Robbie, he was going well today, so I just did what ever I could to help him out," was how McDonald explained his attacks when asked why he tried so many times after he had said he had, had it.

Brian Fuller (Murwillumbah) was the top-ranked B Grade rider in the escape, and took the classification's win. He was happy with his ride today, even though he hoped he would be allowed to ride A grade. "I felt pretty good and strong. I am a triathlete and am training for that, but I really enjoy the road and want to do more of it, he noted.

When asked what the future would hold, he replied, "Well I want to race more on the road; maybe some one might offer me something for next season now."

How it unfolded

Robert Cater, Patrick Shaw & Brian Fuller
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Just like in last year's edition, the organisers opted to combine the A and B grade fields for the 47th running of the Grafton to Inverell classic over the 228 hard kilometres. The race was dominated by the NSWIS and Ord Minnet cycling teams, with both teams opting to race with the same tactic: Place a rider in the early break and hope they build up a big enough gap before the 17 kilometres climb of the Gibraltar ranges. Then those domestiques would still out in front as their leaders reach them at the top of the ranges with 140 kilometres remaining, in order to support their leader as long as possible.

The early suicide break formed just five kilometres after the official start of the race, and quickly gained a 1'35" advantage over a peloton that seemed reluctant to take up the chase. The break-away riders included Brian Fuller (Murwillumbah), Daniel Furmston (Praties), Robert Cater (FRF-NSWIS), Gavin Nicols (Ord Minnett) and Jim Moore (Sutherland). By the time they reached the 40-kilometre marker they had stretched their lead out to 4'05", yet the peloton still didn't seem to want to react, even stopping en mass for a call of nature which enabled the break to start at the foot of the climb with a 7'30" advantage.

After just three kilometres climbing the break was down to just two riders, Cater and Fuller, as Ord Minnett lost its rider in the break, Nichols, along with Moore and Furmston. Fuller, the only B grade rider in the break, was doing the majority of the pace making, while Cater was playing the team card, sitting on seemingly to stay fresh to help his captain and hot favourite for the title, Peter McDonald.

McDonald didn't disappoint, as soon as the peloton hit the first steep section of the climb, he launched an attack that no one could respond to, and soon settled into a pace that would see him whittle down the gap to just 3'20" by the time he crested the top of the mountain 15 kilometres later.

A seven-strong chase group had formed behind McDonald which included Hughes, Ben Brooks (FRF-NSWIS), Nicholas Walker (Bruswick), Patrick Shaw (VIS), and Blair Martin. This group looked to be working well together, and crossed the summit only a further minute behind McDonald. Ben King (WA) and Peter Herzig (FRF-NSWIS) were a minute further back, and chasing hard.

Peter McDonald
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At the Mt Mitchell Pine Forest Sprint, McDonald was just 15 seconds behind his team-mate and Fuller, and the chase group had been caught by Day and Herzig along with four other. Shortly after, McDonald joined the leaders, and all three were working strongly, but not gaining any time over the chasers. With 20 kilometres to go until the sprint into Glen Innes, Hughes attacked the chase group with Patrick Shaw. It took them just 15 kilometres to bridge the 2'30" to the leaders, with Hughes attacking them almost immediately, but was chased down by Cater.

Coming into Glen Innes sprint, McDonald was sitting on the back of the break and looked to be sparing his energy to attack shortly after the sprint. But it was Hughes who took them all by surprise, winning the sprint and riding away from his companions quickly gaining a 1'30" advantage.

From then on, Hughes was flying. The break hovered at around the 1'30" mark for along time, with McDonald twice taking his chances to try and bridge the gap, but the 1996 B grade winner, was too strong. In the end McDonald cracked, and lost more than 15 minutes by the finish, but no one could say that he hadn't given it his all. Cater and Shaw battled it out along with Fuller, who was definitely the surprise of the day and won't be riding in the B grade bunch for much longer, for the remaining 80 kilometres. However, Hughes was not to be seen again, eventually winning solo with 3'48".


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Results - 228km

A Grade
1 Cameron Hughes (Ord Minnett Racing Team)            6.51.11
2 Robert Cater (FRF - NSWIS 2)                           3.49
3 Patrick Shaw (Victorian Institute of Sport)                
4 Blair Martin (KOM Northern Sydney Cycling Club)        9.34
5 Simon Pearson                                          9.39
6 Shaun Higgerson                                        9.46
7 Ben Mather (Praties Cycling Team)                      9.47
8 Benjamin King                                              
9 Nicholas Walker (Victorian Institute of Sport)         9.48
10 Brendan Brooks (FRF - NSWIS)                          9.49
11 Peter Herzig (FRF - NSWIS)                           14.11
12 Peter McDonald (FRF - NSWIS)                         15.14
13 Andrew Grady                                         21.14
14 Joshua Chugg (Praties Cycling Team)                  22.28
15 Daniel Furmston (Praties Cycling Team)               30.46
16 Jarrod Harman (Praties Cycling Team)                      
17 Stephen Isbel                                        30.47
18 Robert Hodgson (KOM Northern Sydney Cycling Club)    54.17
DNF Brendan Jones (FRF - NSWIS 2)                            
DNF Richard Lang (Real Aussie Kids)                          
DNF Angus Morton (Real Aussie Kids)                          
DNF Russell Gill                                             
DNF Joe McDonnell (FRF - NSWIS 2)                            
DNF David Kemp (Victorian Institute of Sport)                
DNF Gilbert Gutowski (Ord Minnett Racing Team)               
DNF Dale Scarfe (Real Aussie Kids)                           
DNF Matt King                                                
DNF Gavin Nicholls (Ord Minnett Racing Team)                 
DNF Darcy Rosenlund (Ord Minnett Racing Team)                
DNF Will Grey                                                
DNF Michael McGee                                            
DNF William Ford                                             
DNF Nicholas Sanderson                                       
DNF Jason Hegert (FRF - NSWIS)                               
DNF Chris Jory (FRF - NSWIS)                                 
DNF Matthew Werrell                                          
B Grade
1 Brian Fuller                                        6.55.04
2 Jarrett Wood (Two Wheel Industries)                   19.13
3 Paul Wild                                                  
4 Matthew Johns (Two Wheel Industries)                       
5 Erin Rogers                                           19.14
6 Tony Brindle                                          19.16
7 Tim Berkel (Real Aussie Kids)                         22.18
8 Alex Malone (KOM Northern Sydney Cycling Club)        26.51
9 Owen Belton                                           26.52
10 Nik Eliads                                           32.04
11 Hayden Kegg (KOM Northern Sydney Cycling Club)       46.11
12 Glenn Mathiske                                            
13 Graham Seers                                         47.15
14 Craig Taylor                                         58.57
15 Adam Connelly                                      1.14.02
DNF Shane Gill                                               
DNF Jim Moore                                                
DNF Jon Guy                                                  
DNF Francis Le Brun                                          
DNF Mathew Camilleri (Two Wheel Industries)                  
DNF Gerard Donaldson                                         
DNF Paul Sterling                                            
DNF Lewis Garland (Two Wheel Industries)                     
DNF Nathan Chiswell                                          
DNF Brad Scarfe                                              
DNF Tony Balzan                                              
C Grade
1 Rod Mason (Inverell Cycle 'n' Tri)                  7.21.59
2 Daniel Wilks (Inverell Cycle 'n' Tri Team 2)               
3 Howard Avery                                           0.01
4 Michael Hoynes (Inverell Cycle 'n' Tri)                0.08
5 Paul Wilks (Inverell Cycle 'n' Tri Team 2)             5.36
6 Glenn Fordham                                          5.37
7 Kiernan Smithson                                           
8 Craig Paull (Illawarra CC)                                 
9 Dennis Van Mill (Port Macquarie CC)                        
10 Nicholas Chevalley                                        
11 Spencer Flugge                                            
12 Phil Scheidegger (Dulwich Hill Black)                 5.38
13 Darren Halliday (Inverell Cycle 'n' Tri Team 2)           
14 Cameron Bartram                                           
15 Tim Norris (Manning Valley Cycle Club)                    
16 Eugen Schilter (Dulwich Hill Black)                   5.39
17 Michael Smith                                             
18 Neil Soden                                            5.41
19 Adam Socha                                           18.18
20 Sam Horwood (Inverell Cycle 'n' Tri Team 2)          18.20
21 Peter Horwood (Inverell Cycle 'n' Tri)               18.44
22 Lloyd Newell (Port Macquarie CC)                     18.48
23 Warren Bennett                                       18.49
24 Matthew Worth (Manning Valley Cycle Club)            18.50
25 Beau Harper (Manning Valley Cycle Club)                   
26 Rowan McMurray                                            
27 Neale McLennan (Northern Rivers CC)                       
28 Paul Howard                                          18.51
29 John Nicholls                                             
30 Michael Lawson                                            
31 Stephen Murray                                            
32 Andrew PATTEN (Hamilfast Uni)                        18.52
33 Brett Newton (Inverell Cycle 'n' Tri)                18.54
34 Morgan Pilley (Byron Bay Freeloaders)                18.55
35 Paolo Lencioni                                       19.00
36 Craig Briant (Hamilfast Uni)                         19.48
37 Graham Norris (Manning Valley Cycle Club)            37.59
38 Mick Patton                                          38.00
39 Michael Sparke (Team Coffs)                               
40 Craig McAlister                                           
41 Peter Reaburn                                             
42 Mark Skeates (Team Coffs)                                 
43 Michael Coles                                        38.02
44 John Evangelista                                          
45 Conrad Exton (Team Coffs)                            38.03
46 Grant Cracknell (Hamilfast Uni)                      44.35
47 Huw Morgan (Dulwich Hill Black)                           
48 Ian Gillott (Hamilfast Uni)                               
49 Michael Frost (FSA)                                  52.34
50 Kevin Menz (Balmoral Cycle Club)                          
51 Garry Reardon                                        52.35
52 Samuel Alley (Manning Valley Cycle Club)                  
53 David McDonald (Port Macquarie CC)                   55.23
54 Tony Clarke (Byron Bay Freeloaders)                  58.21
55 Russell Hinwood                                    1.04.47
56 Peter Sabulis (Balmoral Cycle Club)                       
57 Steven Sanders (Port Macquarie CC)                 1.04.48
58 Frank Day (Northern Rivers CC)                            
59 Raymond Potter                                     1.04.49
60 Marc Goodall                                       1.04.51
61 David Gerrish                                             
62 Andrew Forrest                                     1.04.53
63 David Palmer                                       1.10.01
64 Robert Williams                                    1.12.41
65 Bryan Ferris                                       1.15.04
66 Simon Donnelly                                     1.16.03
67 Kendall Munday (Inverell Cycle 'n' Tri Team 2)            
68 Anthony Burgin                                     1.16.04
69 Matt Powell                                               
70 Peter Kent (Hamilfast Uni)                                
71 George Youhanna                                    1.16.06
72 David Thomas                                       1.26.20
73 Jeff Brown                                         1.29.59
74 Brad Gooda                                         1.30.52
75 Peter Baz                                          1.34.29
76 Barry Bourke                                              
77 Peter McMahon                                      1.41.45
78 David Roughley                                     1.42.47
79 Paul Younan                                        1.46.20
80 Evan Elliott                                       1.46.46
81 Simon Llewellyn (Dulwich Hill Red)                 1.48.03
82 Richard Clarke (Macksville CC)                     1.50.17
83 Adrian Emilsen (Dulwich Hill Red)                  1.50.42
84 Wayne Brien (Byron Bay Freeloaders)                1.51.39
85 James Fowler (Dulwich Hill Black)                  1.52.35
86 Joe Grasso (Dulwich Hill Black)                    1.55.02
DNF Grant Bond (Dulwich Hill Red)                            
DNF Stephen Carson                                           
DNF David Brown                                              
DNF Fraser Chapman                                           
DNF Adam Robinson                                            
DNF Maurice Mathe                                            
DNF Jeffrey Gray (Illawarra CC)                              
DNF Ian Porteous (Macksville CC)                             
DNF Brian Russell (Macksville CC)                            
DNF Paul Kelly-Taylor                                        
DNF John Osbrough                                            
DNF Morris Trelour                                           
DNF Shane Hulbert (Northern Rivers CC)                       
DNF Ian Lake (Northern Rivers CC)                            
DNF Dean Winchester                                          
DNF Graeme Pont (FSA)                                        
DNF John Williams                                            
DNF Mark GALLACHER (Balmoral Cycle Club)                     
DNF Scott Hodder (Balmoral Cycle Club)                       
DNF David Wighton                                            
DNF Keith White                                              
DNF David Morton (Port Macquarie CC)                         
DNF Andrew Caie                                              
DNF Gary Leahey                                              


1 Ruth Corset (Townsville CC)                          5.40.53
2 Kate Warren (Mersey Valley Devonport CC)
3 Jemma O'Brien (Eurobadalla CTC)
4 Leonie Aisbett (Illawarra CC)
5 Katie Jones (Northern Sydney CC)

Teams classification
A-B Grade
1 FRF - NSWIS                                        21.12.49
2 Praties Cycling Team                                  23.48
3 KOM Northern Sydney Cycling Club                      51.08
C Grade
1 Inverell Cycle 'n' Tri Team 2                      22.17.14
2 Inverell Cycle 'n' Tri                                 7.37
3 Manning Valley Cycle Club                             32.03
4 Dulwich Hill Black                                    44.36
5 Port Macquarie CC                                   1.08.33
6 Hamilfast Uni                                       1.11.59
7 Team Coffs                                          1.42.47
8 Byron Bay Freeloaders                               2.57.40

King of the mountains
Cattle Creek
1 Robert Cater                                              3 pts
2 Gavin Nicholls                                            2
3 Daniel Furmston                                           1
Gibraltar range
1 Cameron Hughes                                            6 pts
2 Peter McDonald                                            4
3 Robert Cater                                              2
1 Cameron Hughes                                            3 pts
2 Peter McDonald                                            2
3 Robert Cater                                              1
1 Patrick Shaw                                              3 pts
2 Robert Cater                                              2
3 Cameron Hughes                                            1
Wire Gully
1 Patrick Shaw                                              3 pts
2 Robert Cater                                              2
3 Cameron Hughes                                            1
1 Robert Cater                                              4 pts
2 Cameron Hughes                                            9
3 Peter McDonald                                            6
4 Daniel Furmston                                           3
5 Patrick Shaw                                              2
6 Gavin Nicholls                                            2
Queen of the mountains
Cattle creek
1 Ruth Corset                                               3 pts
2 Leonie Aisbett                                            2
3 Kate Warren                                               1
Gibraltar range
1 Ruth Corset                                               5 pts
2 Jemma O’Brien                                             4
3 Kate Warren                                               3
4 Leonie Aisbett                                            2
5 Tracy Flintoff                                            1
1 Ruth Corset                                               8 pts
2 Leonie Aisbett                                            4
2 Kate Warren                                               4
2 Jemma O’Brien                                             4
5 Tracy Flintoff                                            1
A grade
Mann River
1 Gavin Nicholls                                            3 pts
2 Robert Cater                                              2
3 Daniel Furmston                                           1
Mt Mitchell
1 Robert Cater                                              3 pts
2 Peter McDonald                                            2
3 Richard Lang                                              1
Hot Spot
1 Robert Cater                                              3 pts
2 Peter McDonald                                            2
3 Patrick Shaw                                              1
Glen Innes
1 Robert Cater                                              3 pts
2 Cameron Hughes                                            2
3 Patrick Shaw                                              1
1 Cameron Hughes                                            3 pts
2 Robert Cater                                              2
3 Patrick Shaw                                              1
1 Cameron Hughes                                            3 pts
2 Patrick Shaw                                              2
3 Robert Cater                                              2
1 Robert Cater                                              14 pts
2 Cameron Hughes                                            8
3 Patrick Shaw                                              5
4 Peter McDonald                                            4
5 Gavin Nicholls                                            3
6 Daniel Furmston                                           1
7 Richard Lang                                              1
B grade		                                            
Mann River
1 Brien Fuller                                              1pt
Mt Mitchell
1 Brien Fuller                                              1pt
Hot Spot
1 Brien Fuller                                              1pt

Glen Innes
1 Brien Fuller                                              1pt
1 Brien Fuller                                              1pt
1 Brien Fuller                                              1pt
1 Brien Fuller                                              7 pts
C grade
Mann River
1 Craig Paull                                               1pt
Gibralta summit
1 Eugen Schilter                                            1pt
Mt Mitchell
1 Paul Wilks                                                1pt
Hot Spot
1 Michael Hoynes                                            1pt
Glen Innes
1 Dan Wilks                                                 1pt

1 Rod Mason                                                 1pt
1 Howard Avery                                              1pt
1 Rod Mason                                                 1pt
1 Rod Mason                                                 2 pts
2 Craig Paull                                               1
2 Eugen Schilter                                            1
2 Paul Wilks                                                1
2 Michael Hoynes                                            1
2 Dan Wilks                                                 1
2 Howard Avery                                              1
Mann River
1 Leonie Aisbett                                            1pt
Gibralta summit
1 Ruth Corset                                               1pt
Mt Mitchell
1 Ruth Corset                                               1pt
Hot Spot
1 Ruth Corset                                               1pt
Glen Innes
1 Ruth Corset                                               1pt
1 Ruth Corset                                               4 pts
2 Leonie Aisbett                                            1

Past winners

2006  R. McLachlan (Aus)     C. Jongewaard (Aus)  P. McDonald (Aus)                    6.06.53
2005  G. Henderson (NZ)      S. Clarke (VIC)      M. Lloyd (VIC)                       7.19.56
2004  P. McDonald (NSW)      J. Libonatti (Uru)   R. Vollebregt (Caravello Team)       7.03.00
2002  L. Godfrey (VIC)       P. Redenbach (VIC)   T. Wilson (NSW)                      6.44.58
2001  D. McKenzie (VIS)      P. Milostic (NSW)    D. Pell (VIC)                        6.22.40
2000  B. Day (QLD)           H. Vassen (NSW)      D. Mungoven (ACT)                    6.33.09
1999  J. Drew (VIS)          S. Williams          S. Gerrans                           6.26.45
1998  B. Brooks (NSW)        S. Williams (NSW)    H. Bradbury (VIC)                    6.45.41
1997  J. Drew (VIS)          D. McKenzie (VIS)    B. Litchfield (Turra)                6.35.04
1996  D. Forster (VIC)       D. Smith (Vic)       C. Saunders (NZ)                     6.54.19
1995  T. Christopher (ACT)   W. Kestle (Vic)      C. Saunders (NZ)                     6.24.36
1994  C. Saunders (NZ)       D. Forster (Vic)     P. Rugari (Vic)                      6.37.55
1993  S Drake (Vic)          D Perry (NSW)        T Jordon (NSW)                       6.32.30
1992  B J Shearsby (Vic)     G Wilson (Qld)       M Elliot (Qld)                       7.00.43
1991  Stephen Fairless (VIC) Justin Grindal (VIC) Scott Steward (VIC)                  6.59.43
1990  Nigel Perry (NSW)      Glen Wilson (QLD)    David Perry (NSW)                    7.01.33
1989  Nate Reiss (USA)       Ewe Winter (W/Ger)   John Groom (Aust)                    6.39.23
1988  G Luc Pierobon (Italy) B St George (Aust)   R McCorkell (Vic)                    6.39.23
1987  A Peterson (Norway)    T Durst (W/Germany)  T Mancini (Swiss)                    6.19.53
1986  A Logan (NSW)          I McKenzie (NT)      S Sunderland (NSW)                   6.37.27
1985  P Curran (Gt Britain)  M Ansermet (Swiss)   L Wahlkqvist (Sweden)                6.00.49
1984  M Lynch (Vic)          E Poli (Italy)       R Crossley (Qld)                     6.44.52
1983  R McCorkell (Vic)      M Lynch (Vic)        C Walsh (Qld)                        6.32.14
1982  S Cox (NZ)             J Swart (NZ)         B Stockwell MBE (NZ)                 6.24.35
1981  A Gill (SA)            G Oliver (NSW)       G Brooks (Vic)                       6.24.37
1980  W Hammond (Vic)        G Hammond (Vic)      M Blyth (NSW)                        6.47.05
1979  G McVilley (Tas)       V Hanaray (NZ)       M Nicholls (NZ)                      6.43.46
1978  R Piper (NSW)          H Berkery (NSW)      M McKinnell (NZ)   M Wilson (Tas)    6.37.47
1977  R Glindeman (Qld)      G Stone (NSW)        R McCorkell (Vic)  G Sutton (NSW)    7.33.00
1976  R Sansonetti (Vic)     A Spokes (NSW)       G Parkes (NSW)                       7.19.34
1975  R Hines (NSW)          T Parkes (NSW)       M Glindeman (Qld)                    6.38.21
1974  B Ferris (Qld)         R Bates (NSW)        K Bartlett (NSW)   T Parkes (NSW)    7.18.77
1973  V Breen (NSW)          P Brown (NSW)        L Roe (NSW)        A Spokes (NSW)    6.35.08
1972  K Brindle (NSW)        M Kautto (NSW)       K Bartlett (NSW)   L Cooper (NZ)     6.51.34
1971  R Bush (NZ)            R Davis (NZ)         M Kautto (NSW)     J Trevorrow (Vic) 7.03.33
1970  D Strahley (NSW)       E Wixon (Qld)        T Moore (NSW)      J Trevorrow (Vic) 7.57.08
1969  B Ryalls (Qld)         P Littlejohn (NSW)   D Thompson (Qld)                     6.44.44
1968  K Morgan (Tas)         D Browne (NZ)        T Savimaki (Qld)                     6.23.21
1967  D Wilson (Vic)         K Brindle (NSW)      D Garrett (Qld)                      6.53.54
1966  M Redman (NSW)         B Johnson (NSW)      P. Markham (NSW)   T Savimaki (Qld)  6.57.57
1965  L Cook (NSW)           R Barron (Qld)       T Moore (NSW)      D Wilson (Vic)    6.36.02
1964  J Ferranda (NSW)       N McDonough (NSW)    K Long (Vic)       V Adams (NSW)     7.04.10
1963  N Burnell (NSW)        H Summers (Vic)      C Kruf (NSW)       J Lloyd (NSW)     7.23.23
1962  P Chapman (NSW)        G Brown (NSW)        F Fransen (NSW)    J Lloyd (NSW)     7.19.41
1961  A Grindal (Vic)        G Garden (NSW)       T Tolley (NSW)                       7.39.11