The 2016 National Road Series kicks off this Saturday with the 56th staging of the 228km Grafton to Inverell Classic along the Gwydir Highway in northern NSW. This will be AMR Renault Racing’s third start in the historic one-day race, with our highest placing to date being 8th in 2015.
While it doesn’t always decide the outcome, the challenging ascent of the Gibraltar Rage almost always shapes it. After having Matt climbing in the lead group back in 2014 and Tim setting the fastest overall time in 2015, the lads are confident of another forward showing, especially with the addition of a fully-fit Josh Aldridge who missed last year’s race through injury. Like Tim, Josh is at home in hills and has shown strong form so far in 2016.
Sean Lake will be going for a trifecta of wins and will be tough to beat. But it’s always a brutal race with undulating terrain and over 3,300m of climbing and, as we all know in cycling, anything can happen on the day.
Weather forecast looks pretty good. The NRS boys roll out from Grafton at 7:30am with riders expected into Inverell at around 1:30pm.
See the full start list here.