Organisers ensured all safety precautions were in place to ensure safe passage for the 228km journey along the Gwydir Highway from JJ Lawrence Park in South Grafton.

"The real importance is for all riders to be safe and share the road with other users," race commissaire Stuart McPherson said.

"It's a long day but should be an enjoyable day although it is a bit damp here this morning."

Check out Cyclo Sportif in the rain: Nothing could stop the keen riders who tackled the Grafton to Inverell Cyclo Sportif this morning. All starters completed the non-competitive event which mirrors the 228km Gwydir Highway course of Australia's toughest one-day road race. Video: Bill North/Daily Examiner
Check out Cyclo Sportif in the rain: Nothing could stop the keen riders who tackled the Grafton to Inverell Cyclo Sportif this morning. All starters completed the non-competitive event which mirrors the 228km Gwydir Highway course of Australia's toughest one-day road race. Video: Bill North/Daily Examiner