Women’s – des Femmes

Women’s – des Femmes

The Regional Australia Bank Grafton to Inverell ‘des Femmes’ is a feature race for women as part of the Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic program. The event provides a unique opportunity for women to take on Australia’s toughest one day classic of 228km under the same conditions as men. The inaugural des Femmes race was conducted in 2017 and has grown to be a popular and prestigious cycling event for women.

The Regional Australia Bank Grafton to Inverell des Femmes are a separate category within the Division 3 race where the riders are accompanied by police, event support, team and media vehicles throughout the event. In addition to the overall places at the finish line, the women will also compete for ‘Queen of the Mountain’ and ‘Sprint’ points and prizes at designated locations on the course.

The race experience will include:

  • Fully supported racing conditions including closed roads and support vehicles
  • Electronic timing
  • Two neutral ‘Water Refreshment Stations’ an two supported ‘Feed Stations’ on course
  • Mobile neutral feeding from the Gibraltar Range to the Mount Mitchell Feed Station
  • Free competitor shirt
  • Finisher’s medallion
  • Eligibility for race prizes including Overall, Queen of the Mountain, Sprint and Team Classifications
  • Complimentary ticket to the event presentation dinner

Don’t miss the chance to share the experience with Australia’s leading riders!

Enter as an individual or a four person team.


Entry Fee

Individual Entry
Early bird – $199 (enter before Sunday March 22)
Normal – $239 (closing date Sunday April 26)

Team Entry (4 riders)
Early bird – $760 (enter before Sunday March 22)
Normal – $910 (closing date Sunday April 26)



Entries from female riders will be on the basis that there will be a separate women’s category race within the Division 3 race. There will be a prizes for the first three female riders in this category, and the Queen of the Mountain classification and Sprint classification winner. Female riders in the des Femmes category will not be eligible for overall placing prizes for Division 3 (as they have separate category prizes).

Due to permit restrictions, the race has a cut-off time of 5.10pm for all competitors that correlates to an average minimum speed of 24km/h. A Sag Wagon will travel behind the race at all times and has been instructed to reach key points on the course at set times. ’Pace Riders’ will be out on the course to assist riders in completing the event before the 9hrs 30 mins cut-off time


Teams will consist of four riders. The team time will be determined from the aggregate time of the first three team members to finish. There will be a prize for the first team to finish in the des Femmes category.


Friday 8th May 2020 4:00pm – 6:00pm – Toast Espresso, 31 Prince Street Grafton.

Pre-Race Riders Briefing Meeting

Friday 8th May 2020 – 6.30pm. Crown Hotel, Grafton.

Start Time



1st -5th Overall Places
Queen of the Mountain Classification
Sprint Classification
Team Classification

Event Handbook

Available closer to the event

Start List

Available closer to the event

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