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Inverell Cycle N Tri Club members are saddened by the passing of Mr. Jack Griffin OAM.
To many, Jack is the father of cycling in Inverell, having ridden the first Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic in 1961 and then devoting decades of his life to organising and promoting this classic.
Its continued success is testimony to the foundation work he and his committees set in making it one of the best road races in Australia.
He coached and mentored many young cyclists to State and National titles including Scott and Peter Sunderland, Bradley Woodham, Clint Clarke and Murray Coxon, and along with Geoff Witherdin, Jack coached the Under 17 years Teams Time Trial Championship team from Inverell to three successive titles. He was a Life Member of Cycling NSW and the former Inverell Amateur Wheelers, and received his OAM for services to cycling.
Jack owned and operated Jack Griffin Cycles from the 1960’s until his retirement and if you bought a bike in this town, you bought it from Jack.
Jack’s funeral service will be held in Port Macquarie this Monday 25th March and it is hoped a memorial service will be held in Inverell on a date to be fixed.
Our condolences to Joy, Ray and Gail and families.
52ND GRAFTON TO INVERELL
SATURDAY 27th OCTOBER 2012
The McDonalds Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic is a 228km cycling road race conducted on a point to point course between the towns of Grafton and Inverell in northern New South Wales. The race predominantly follows the Gwydir Highway over some challenging terrain that includes the climb of the Gibraltar Range, an 18km ascent from the Clarence Valley to the New England Highlands.
The McDonalds Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic is the final event on the Cycling Australia Subaru National Road Series calendar and enjoys a long and successful history as one of the oldest national events in Australia. The testing nature of the course combined with the unique format of the event appeals to riders throughout the state, interstate and internationally.
The event has continued to evolve over the years and now features team based racing in alignment with the major international races around the world. The provision of graded categories still provides the opportunities for individuals to take on the challenge of completing arguably the hardest one day cycling event in Australia.
The 2012 event will comprise of A, B and C grade races conducted as individual mass starts departing at 15 minute intervals.
Images courtesy of Phil Chapman
Peter Herzig celebrates victory in the Scody A grade NRS race of the McDonalds 52nd Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic
Come join us & enjoy being part of this historic & inspiring event that will see you coming back!
Winner - Paul Archer
Winner - Connor Hughes