In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mitchelton-Scott: How GreenEdge plans to bring Chinese riders, and sponsors, to the WorldTour; Huffman, Wiles win Tour of the Gila; Scarponi to be buried Tuesday, in cycling kit; Impey breaks collarbone in Liege crash; Vansummeren joins Synergy Baku as advisor; Averin suspended for positive maldonium test; Chad Young in stable condition after bad crash at Gila; Meeusen moves up switch from Telenet-Fidea to Beobank Corendon; Lefevere acquitted for tax irregularities involving prize money; Grafton to Inverell to feature women’s category; Black Key Bulls, Kappa Alpha Theta win Little 500 titles; Watch a Little 500 rider exchange; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Liège-Bastogne-Liège highlights.
Your Tuesday Daily News Digest
“For the first time in its 57-year-history, the Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic will feature a category for female riders. Women have been able to take part in the Grafton to Inverell for the past two years but 2017 is the first year there will be women’s-specific grades and prizes.
The inaugural Regional Australia Bank Grafton to Inverell des Femmes will be contested over the same distance as the men’s race — 228km — which includes 3,382m of climbing. This will make it the second longest women’s bike race in Australia, behind the Melbourne to Warrnambool, which introduced a female category in 2015.
Grafton to Inverell organisers have been campaigning for a women’s category for some time but, until recently, it has been difficult to get the full backing of cycling authorities.
“We’re proud to encourage equality and diversity in such a prestigious regional event and it’s fantastic to be able to play a part in the evolution of the race in this way” says Darren Schaefer, Executive Manager at Regional Australia Bank.
The 57th Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic will be held on Saturday May 13.”