Cellarbrations Racing Team Inspired By 1964 Grafton to Inverell Winner John Ferranda

Peloton Cafe || John Ferranda

Peloton Cafe || John Ferranda (image courtesy Cellarbrations Racing Team)

Cellarbrations Racing Team will round out its 2014 Subaru National Road Series in the 228km Grafton to Inverell Classic on Saturday, inspired by the feats of fellow Lidcombe-Auburn Cycling Club member, John Ferranda, who famously won the fourth ever running of the brutal one-day classic back in 1964. Whilst he?s made many trips back to Grafton since his win fifty years ago, Ferranda, who still rides regularly and even wears his yellow G2I winner?s jersey on occasion, isn?t able to make this year?s race. That didn?t stop him from passing on a few sage words advice for the CRT boys via his understandably proud son, Ivan, also an accomplished rider with LACC. ?Back in 1964 it was dirt roads and minimal team support,? reminds Ivan Ferranda. ?There wouldn?t be many of us that can make that distance at all, let alone at the age of eighteen like Dad did to win. A few pointers for CRT and LACC riders from the old bloke this Saturday: ?Be mindful of the hills around Glenn Innes and towards the finish? and ?looking forward to another LACC victory fifty years on?.? With a major showdown also looming for the overall 2014 NRS title, and a cast of Australia?s toughest riders chasing one of the greatest prizes in domestic cycling, it promises to be a fitting end to a fine season. While not amongst the big pre-race favourites, CRT arrives in Grafton hoping to do what it?s done throughout 2014. ?We?ve been surprising people with our results all year, so why stop now?? said Team Director, Russell Menzies. ?Aaron (Watts) finished high up in this race last year, and Josh (Berry) is going to be really suited to the big climb and all the undulations that follow. Having ridden it myself last year*, I know first hand it?s not for the feint of heart ? and Josh has a heart as big as anyone in the NRS. If and when a selection happens, the boys will be doing everything they can to get him there in the best possible shape. After that, who knows what?s possible?? In another nice side story Saturday?s famous race ends in the town of Inverell, home to U19 rider, Dylan Sunderland and his uncle Scott Sunderland who also coaches CRT, ensuring a huge support squad on hand for the Cellarbrations boys. One way or the other expect a big party on Saturday night to close out the NRS season. Cellarbrations Racing Team squad for 2014 Grafton to Inverell Classic: Josh Berry, Kris Johnston, Matt Slee, Aaron Watts, Greg Burgett, Joel Walsh.? *Read Team Director Russell Menzies? first-hand account of the 2013 Grafton to Inverell  

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