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About Flick Anticimex

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About David Reid Homes

David Reid Homes is a national building company specialising in unique designs and quality craftsmanship for luxury homes. With offices throughout Australia, you can be assured of receiving a consistent level of superior service no matter where you choose to build your luxury home. At David Reid Homes we do things differently, and it is our people that make the difference. To find your local David Reid Homes office click here!

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David Reid Homes Tamworth

Interview With David Reid Homes Tamworth

Kieron Rohrlach and Phillip Poulsen, owners and directors of David Reid Homes Tamworth have been with us since 2014. They have been Franchisee of the year for the past 2 years now and set an incredible standard for other builders to meet. For our David Reid Homes Design Magazine 2020, we interviewed Kieron and

Phillip about building and David Reid Homes. Please keep reading to see what they said!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself, what inspired you to become a builder? Have you always had a passion for building homes?

I have wanted to be a builder since I was 10 years old, I think spending time on building sites with my father inspired me to be a builder. I developed an interest in making things, very early as a child and my passion has only increased since then. Later in life as a young man, I started my career alongside Phillip as a custom home builder, and seeing our clients’ dreams and ideas come to reality through us is extremely satisfying.

2. The building industry in the Tamworth region is highly competitive, yet your company stands out as one of the leading residential builders in the area! Do you think David Reid Homes has made the difference for you?

Phil and I believe that the David Reid Homes systems and of course name helped us a lot starting out in Tamworth. giving people confidence in choosing us to build their home, as we know building a new home is one of the biggest financial and emotional undertakings most people will achieve in their lives.

3. What is it about David Reid Homes’s systems and resources that give you an edge?

The systems i.e BuildXact and HazardCo give us a clear advantage over conventional scheduling and managing processes. Allowing us to manage quality and timelines of more jobs overall increasing our productivity as a company. The pre-done client letters, specifications, plans, etc, also create a great starting point for us to alter to fit our local area, market, and personal preferences when it comes to the exact construction process.

4. Is there a particular type of customer that you find your business suits more than any other? first home buyers, retirees, young families?

Our market in Tamworth is smaller than some of our city franchises. So, I’ve found that we cater to everyone, from helping a first home buyer get their foot in the door, all the way up to people building their final home possibly their 3rd or 4th build, and everyone in between. Ideally, we would like to get more of the bigger custom designed homes in the future.

5. As a specialist luxury home builder, experience counts. What is the most important thing that you have learned about satisfying and exceeding your customer’s expectations?

Communication is key when it comes to a satisfied client. Be honest about inclusions, allowances, and timelines and if something delays the progress of their home build. Be upfront and tell them straight away. One thing I’ve learned is that clients that are in the dark about what’s happening are a lot more likely to be unsatisfied at the end. Educate and inform them at every opportunity. As I said before you must remember it’s not just a job to your client it’s their home maybe even their dream home. So, take care of them and they will sing your praises to everyone they know.

6. With so many uniquely designed homes tailored to people’s dreams, how do you guide your customers through the experience to make it all fit together in a successful project?

That’s the big question. A lot goes into custom design and construction. Again, we are honest and constantly educating our clients right from the first time we meet them, right up until we’ve handed them the keys and provided information on how we support them after they’ve moved in. I have letters and pamphlets telling our clients step by step what will be happening next all the way through the build. This combined with our draftspeople, quality trades, and suppliers all play their part in a successful build. Another thing we do in Tamworth is every one of our clients gets an interior design consultant during the approval stage before we start on-site and all the selections from the ground up and inside are signed off and presented as part of the documentation. This speeds up ordering and alleviates confusion about what allowances or products were included.

7. What is the most important advice that you would give to someone considering building their luxury dream home?

I always tell people the first time we meet, and before even talking about ‘how much’. Make sure your builder is upfront and clear about inclusions, costs, and timelines from the start. Make sure you are indeed comparing apples to apples. Also, pick a builder you can trust and ‘get along’ with because building a new home, especially a custom luxury home is a journey and you will want someone that you are compatible with to take that journey with you.

If you would like to build a home with David Reid Homes Tamworth or anywhere else in Australia, please contact us at admin@davidreidhomes.com.au or give us a call on 1800 095 949!

Custom Home: The Kingsgate Is Fit For Royalty

SUPERIOR QUALITY

A property fit for royalty, The Kingsgate has been designed to impress even the most discerning homeowner. The first floor of this palatial home features a theatre-style media room, office, a guest room with walk-in robe and ensuite, and an uber-chic kitchen designed for modern living. Upstairs you will find three spacious bedrooms complete with walk-in robes and stylish appointed ensuites. The landscaped outdoor living area flows from the downstairs living room, creating another picturesque element of this already feature-packed property. The polished decking runs flush to the in-ground plunge pool. From the unique elevated balcony, enjoy the scenery as the sun sets over the horizon. The Kingsgate promises to be an enviable home and the hallmark of any estate.


RAISING THE STANDARD

David Reid Homes is “Raising the Standard”. This isn’t just a motto for us – it is something we take very seriously in everything we do throughout our company. We aim to deliver a home that exceeds expectations in design, build and aesthetics, and we also want to ensure that the process from start to finish is exceptional. To do this we set extremely high standards for our entire team at David Reid Homes and want you to know that your ‘standards’ are our priority.

Each individually designed home will be unique – as no two David Reid Homes are ever the same. Our designs reflect each individual homeowner’s flair and creativity and are tailored to complement their unique geographic setting.

We pride ourselves on the level of customer care extended to our clientele. This superior service starts with your unique design and is carried through all aspects of our management of your home build: including the products we use, suppliers and master craftsman we work with, our attention to detail and our engagement with you throughout the process. we treat you just as you would want to be treated when building our own luxury home.


LUXURY INCLUSIONS

The real David Reid Homes difference lies in the overall quality of our build and the range of superior luxury inclusions. Our ‘Dozen Points of Luxury Difference’ are 12 key appointments to your home that will complement your modern living to give you superior comfort and eco-efficiency. To name a few, the list features ducted air conditioning, pure wool carpets, floor to ceiling tiles to bathroom and ensuite and stone benchtops. It also includes a prestige range of innovative, smart thinking appliances. As communication is one of David Reid Homes’ core values we pride ourselves on providing weekly building updates on the progress of your new home.

   

The Catalunya Modern Living | David Reid Homes

SUPERIOR QUALITY

Modern streamlined features and well-planned layout all combine to make this home extremely liveable. Tranquility abounds with the inclusion of a reflection pond at the entrance of the home and the theme continues with an indoor/outdoor water feature along the main hallway. The kitchen and living areas are transformed into the outdoors when bi-fold doors open out to an outdoor entertainment area complete with built-in barbeque and swimming pool, creating a gathering place for family and friends. The home has three bedrooms and a study, plus a designated media room providing plenty of space for family or guests. The main bedroom features a stunning ensuite complete with an innovative steam sauna/shower unit where on can relax in luxury at the end of a busy day.

RAISING THE STANDARD

David Reid Homes is ‘Raising the Standard’. This isn’t just a motto for us – it is something we take very seriously in everything we do throughout our company. We aim to deliver a home that exceeds expectations in design, build and aesthetics, and we also want to ensure that the process from start to finish is exceptional. To do this we set extremely high standards for our entire team at David Reid Homes and want you to know that your ‘standards’ are our priority. Each individually designed home will be unique – as no two David Reid Homes are ever the same. Our designs reflect each individual homeowner’s flair and creativity and are tailored to complement their unique geographic setting. We pride ourselves on the level of customer care extended to our clientele. This superior service starts with your unique design and is carried through all aspects of our management of your home build: including the products we use, suppliers and master craftsman we work with, our attention to detail and our engagement with you throughout the process. We treat you just as we would want to be treated when building our own luxury home.

LUXURY INCLUSIONS

The real David Reid homes difference lies in the overall quality of our build and range of superior luxury inclusions. Our Dozen Points of Luxury Difference are 12 key points to your home that will complement your modern living to give you superior comfort and eco-efficiently. To name a few, the list features ducted air conditioning, pure wool carpets, floor to ceiling tiles to bathroom and ensuite and stone benchtops. It also includes a prestige range of innovative, smart thinking appliances. As communication is one of David Reid Homes’ core values we pride ourselves on providing weekly building updates on the progress of your new home.

Here are some pictures from a build of the Catalunya!

Smeg Australia and David Reid Homes

Smeg is a world-renown Italian appliance manufacturer based in Guastalle, Italy. They have subsidiaries in 16 countries across the world, including Australia. The company has been running for over 60 years now and has come to be seen as a tasteful and elegant solution to the demands of contemporary living; due to their partnerships with world-famous architects. The Australian branch is a family-owned business and has an extensive network of distributors, which allows them to service the entire country! They have showrooms in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Launceston, Newcastle, and Wagga Wagga. We paired with this company many years ago, in order to bring high quality, beautiful appliances to all of the homes we build. Smeg has an incredible range of small and large domestic appliances, with every product having multiple designs and options available! The products they provide are as follows:
  • Ovens
  • Microwaves
  • Coffee Machines
  • Cooktops (including gas, induction, electric ceramic and domino)
  • Rangehoods
  • Fridge and freezers
  • Dishwashers
  • Sinks and taps
  • Washing machines and dryers
As well as many other accessories. Some of the smaller appliances they supply include:
  • Toasters
  • Kettles
  • Stand mixers
  • Blenders/hand blenders
  • Juicers
And so many other accessories! Some of Smeg’s newest products include;

Drip Coffee Machine

The Drip Coffee Machine is one of Smeg’s latest releases, in collaboration with Italian Architects Deepdesign.

This Retro style Coffee Machine is currently available in 7 colours; black, panna (cream), red, pastel blue, pastel green, white and stainless steel.

                     

Smeg x Disney

In September, Smeg released a collaboration with Disney, to celebrate 70 years of Smeg and 90 years of Disney and their love of bringing families together, specifically through food and entertaining! The 50’s style retro Fridge features a Mickey Mouse design on the front!

 

Sicily is my love

The Collection, ‘Sicily is my love’ launched in 2017, in collaboration with Dolce and Gabbana.

They have recently released a Stand Mixer, Toaster and Slow Juicer to their collection.

  Some of our work with Smeg:
  Their website also has a range of recipes and tutorials using their products that you need to check out!

Frequently Asked Questions | David Reid Homes

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We get asked a lot of questions about building

Here is a few questions we have been asked before.

   

Do you have any Builders in my area?

We have Builders all over Australia. You can find your local builder at our Local Builders page.

Are there any Display Homes near me?

We currently have Display Homes in 10 locations across Queensland, New South Wales, ACT and Victoria. Click here to find out more.

How long does it take to build a home?

There are two main phases when building a home, pre-construction and construction. These can take 3 – 4 months and anywhere from 6 – 18 months respectively, depending on the size and complexity of the design.

What is the process of building a home?

As said above, there are two main stages when building a home, pre-construction and construction. Broken down, the building stages are:
  • The design process
  • Planning approval
  • Documentation and finance
  • Building permit
  • Construction
  • Handover

For more information on this process, see our blog Building With David Reid Homes.

How much does it cost to build a home with DRH?

Price depends on so many things, including size, design and materials. Please contact your local builder to have an obligation free chat about building a home with us.

I am on a budget, what can you do for me?

We make luxury affordable. We understand that you have a budget, so we will work with you to create a home that you love within it!

Can I customise your House Plans?

Yes, all of our plans are able to be altered to suit your lifestyle and needs.

Can I design a custom home with you?

Yes, we can help you design a unique luxury home and recommend the best architects for what you want.

I already have my own plans, can you build it?

If you already have plans drawn up by your own architect, we would be more than happy to build it for you!

Can I choose the fixtures and fittings for my home?

Of course! This is YOUR home, we want it to feel like it! You get to decide on colour schemes, fixtures and fittings and so much more. You are more than welcome to source your own fixtures and fittings if you wish.

My block will be hard to build on. Can you still do it?

Yes! We can work with all kinds of ‘difficult’ sites. Land in remote locations, sloping blocks, all types of soil, no challenge is too hard for us.

Am I able to visit the Home while it is being built?

Yes. A member of our team can accompany you if you require site access at any time. You may not visit the site without us, as all site visitors must adhere to a strict safety policy.

Will I be involved in the process? Who will I be in contact with throughout the build?

Of course! You will be involved every step of the way. You will be speaking with your builder and site supervisor throughout the whole process. We keep you up to date with the progress of the build through our construction management software, so you will always know what is happening and an estimated date for completion.

What happens if I move into the home and I find out something isn’t right?

You contact your builder! We cover all defects in the build for up to 3 months after handover. All warranties and guarantees are covered by manufactures for the warranty time of each items. We ensure you’ll be 100% happy.

Lastly, why should I build with David Reid Homes?

We have a whole blog post on this! Click here  

If you have a question we haven’t answered, or would like to build with us please contact your local builder.

Alternatively, you can call 1800 095 949 or email us at admin@davidreidhomes.com.au.

     
custom home builders display house

Building Your Home Is Stress-free , With Your Local David Reid Homes Builder

Building Your Own Home is Stress-free, With Your Local David Reid Homes Builder!

We understand that designing your home can be quite daunting. That’s why we have a range of plans that you can draw inspiration from, or we can adjust to meet your vision and create a personalised luxury home especially for you. Below are a few of your favourites from last month!  
The Barcoo
The Barcoo
               
The Margaret
The Margaret
               
The Catalunya
The Catalunya
               
The Tumut
The Tumut
                Building your dream home will be one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, and choosing the right builder will mean it’s an exciting and rewarding experience. Click here to read our blog on why David Reid Homes is the only builder for you! custom home builders display house

Custom Home: The Woodsong Creates a Relaxed Living Space

CUSTOM HOME: SUPERIOR QUALITY

True to its name, the Woodsong creates a relaxed living space within an architecturally savvy design. With strong lines and bold use of stone externally, inside it is inviting and warm. The Woodsong has ample space for every member of the family. Four generous bedrooms two of which have ensuites, while the spacious media room and study provide functional spaces for modern living. The open plan living, dining and gourmet kitchen make entertaining a sheer joy. Beautifully laid timber decking invites the indoors outside, with three separate outdoor zones for summer time entertaining, barbeques or to simply unwind in the sun. From the main alfresco area overlooking the swimming pool, take in the beauty of the magnificently landscaped surrounds. The Woodsong is a discerning homeowner’s delight – a timeless classic that will always be in vogue. Custom Home: The Woodsong Custom Home: The Woodsong Facade

RAISING THE STANDARD

David Reid Homes is ‘Raising the Standard’. This isn’t Just a motto for us – it’s something we take very seriously in everything we do throughout our company. We aim to deliver a home that exceeds expectations in design, build and aesthetics. We want to ensure that the process from start to finish is exceptional. To do this we set extremely high standards for our entire team at David Reid Homes. We want you to know that your ‘standards’ are our priority. Each individually designed home will be unique – as no two David Reid Homes are ever the same. Our designs reflect each individual homeowner’s flair and creativity, and are tailored to complement their unique geographic setting. We pride ourselves on the level of customer care extended to our clientele. This superior service starts with your unique design and is carried through all aspects of our management of your home build: including the products we use, suppliers and master craftsmen we work with, our attention to detail and our engagement with you throughout the process. We treat you just as we would want to be treated when building or own luxury home.

LUXURY INCLUSIONS

The real David Reid Homes difference lies in the overall quality of our build and range of superior luxury inclusions. Our Dozen points of Luxury Difference are 12 key appointments to your home that will complement your modern living to give you superior comfort and Eco-efficiency. To name a few, the list features ducted air conditioning, pure wool carpets, floor to ceiling tiles to bathroom and ensuite and stone benchtops. It also includes a prestige range of innovative, smart thinking appliances. As communication is one of David Reid Homes’ core values we pride ourselves on providing weekly building updates on the progress of your new home. To download plan click here Custom Home: The Woodsong Floor Plan Custom Home: The Woodsong Floor Plan
The Alpine

Custom Home: The Alpine Offers Contemporary Living within a Intriguing Design

CUSTOM HOME: SUPERIOR QUALITY

With its attractive exterior and architecturally sophisticated interior, the Alpine offers astute homeowners contemporary living set within an intriguing design plan. Incorporating renders and stone in its facade, this home is modern looking which does not compromise the integrity of its surrounds. Boasting two levels of luxurious living space including a six person media room, study and private balcony, the Alpine provides ample rooms for relaxation. With a spacious gourmet kitchen complete with state of the art appliances and three dining areas suitable for any occasion, the Alpine is a home designed for entertaining. The landscaped alfresco outdoor area overlooks the swimming pool, which features a water bar for the ultimate cocktail party. Four spacious bedrooms complete the picture, and the the three bathrooms accommodate both the family and visiting guests. The Alpine is a wonderfully designed residence that you will want to call home. Custom Home: The Alpine FacadeCustom Home Facade

RAISING THE STANDARD

David Reid Homes is ‘Raising the Standard’. This isn’t just a motto for us – it’s something we take very seriously in everything we do throughout our company. We aim to deliver a home that exceeds expectations in design, build and aesthetics. We want to ensure that the process from start to finish is exceptional. To do this we set extremely high standards for our entire team at David Reid Homes. We want you to know that your ‘standards’ are our priority. Each individually designed home will be unique – as no two David Reid Homes are ever the same. Our designs reflect each individual homeowner’s flair and creativity, and are tailored to complement their unique geographic setting. We pride ourselves on the level of customer care extended to our clientele. The superior service starts with your unique design and is carried through all aspects of our management of your home build: including the products we use, suppliers and master craftsmen we work with, our attention to detail and our engagement with you throughout the process. We treat you just as we would want to be treated when building our own luxury home.

LUXURY INCLUSIONS

The real David Reid Homes difference lies in the overall quality of our build and our range of superior luxury inclusions. Our Dozen Points of Luxury Difference are 12 key appointments to your home that will compliment your modern living to give you superior comfort and Eco-efficiency. To name a few, the list features ducted air conditioning, pure wool carpets, floor to ceiling tiles to bathroom and ensuite and stone benchtops. It also includes a prestige range of innovation, smart thinking appliances. As communication is one of David Reid Homes’ core values we pride ourselves on providing weekly building updates on the progress of your new home. To download the plan click here Custom Home: The Alpine Floor Plan Alpine Floor Plan
Grafton to Inverell Rolling Coverage

Grafton to Inverell Rolling Coverage

2.50PM The winners receive their prizes. In first place, Nathan Elliott was presented with the Jack Griffith Shield, winners jersey and the National Road Series leaders jersey. Raphael Freienstein, in second, was also the King of the Mountain and the Clarence Valley Sprint King. Cameron Scott from the Australian Cycling Academy, who came in third place, was also named the Best Young Rider. APPROX 2.30PM The provisional winners of division two have been calculated, with Dane Murray from the Gold Coast in first, followed by Ben Manson from the University of Newcastle and Tim Hoy from the Gold Coast. APPROX 2.15PM It’s a photo finish! Nathan Elliot from Bennelong SwissWellness came first, just a hair in front of Raphael Freienstein from Inform Make. Inverell’s own Ryan Thomas flew in just a moment after the leaders, in fifth place. 1.17PM The front four are sticking together well as the riders emerge Inverell, about 30 kilometres out of town. 12.40PM The break-away of four has a gap of two minutes to the main chasing group, which is led by Cyrus Monk of Drapac EF Cycling and Michael Potter from the Australian Cycling Academy.
Ben Dyball from St George Continental and individual rider Troy Herfoss from Goulburn are in between the groups, approximately one minute apart from the front. 12.35PM An unknown lone rider is chasing the break-away group, who are fighting a heavy headwind and weather just over one degree. The gap to the main group is around two minutes, 20 seconds, and there’s a chance the field will begin the attack on the climb. Peter Sunderland predicts another hour and a half of racing. With two already under his belt, Raphael Freienstein is in with a good chance of becoming the King of the Mountain if he takes this climb. 12.19PM The chase bunch has shortened the gap to about one minute, 30 seconds. The bulk of the climbing is out of the way, but there’s still a lot left to go. Jesse Featonby, Raphael Freienstein, Nathan Elliott and Timothy Cameron are still in front.
Division three has gone through the Mount Mitchell feed zone and there is a break-away of three riders ahead of the main bunch, including David Bingley of Launceston City, Mark Joseph Jeffrey from Tamworth and Christopher Joustra of Latrobe City. The division one field now has a break-away of four, with a chase group of nine, and another 20 charging to catch up. The field is now split over 10-15 minutes. The first riders are expected to reach Inverell about 1.15pm. 11.20AM The main group in division one is about 30km out of Glen Innes. The peloton split into two up the mountain, but came back together into one group of about 70. The weather is still a factor, at approximately nine degrees, with a lot of debris still on the road. There’s about 97km left in the race. According to Peter Sunderland, it’s still anybody’s race, with good numbers represented from all the teams. Riders are expected to make their major moves after Glen Innes. 11.10AM The group of four up the front have been identified as Jesse Featonby of Drapac EF Cycling Raphael Freienstein of Inform Make NRS, Nathan Elliott of Bennelong SwissWellness and Timothy Cameron of St George Continental. They have a gap of three minutes, 25 seconds to individual Penrith ride Peter Milostic and Rapha Sydney’s Darcy Ellerm-Norton, who are four minutes, 15 seconds to the main chasing group. 10.40AM Division one is 120 km into the 228 km race. There’s a break of four out the front with a 45 second gap, including Bennelong SwissWellness favourite Nathan Elliott. The main chase group has swelled to 30 as a group of 10 rejoins through the main feed zone. 10.30AM The break-away group in division one is now down to 13 riders. Sam Crome, Conor Murtagh, Jack Sutton, Oliver Kent-Spark, Sascha Bondarenko-Edwards, Raphael Freienstein, Julian Thomson, Jake Marryat, Cameron Ivory, Cameron Roberts, Timothy Cameron, Ryan Cavanagh, Oliver Martin and Trevor Spencer are still riding tempo up the hills. 10.00AM Division three are climbing the range, getting ready for the cold winds. 9.50AM The gap to the break-away group temporarily stretched out to over six minutes, but is now down to around three minutes. Most teams have riders in the group, with the peloton chasing hard. The chilly weather and winds will be a challenge as the main group heads up the Gibraltar Range, with debris on the road. There’s about seven kilometres left on the climb. 9.10AM The results are in for the Des Femmes sprint, with Anna Beck from the University of Queensland coming in first, with Jessica Pratt from Balmoral in second and Megan Scott from Giant, Sydney in third. In division three, the sprint winner is Latrobe City’s Christopher Joustra, followed by Scott Walcot from Coffs Harbour and Erron Hennessy of Murwillumbah. 8.45AM The break away group is 17 riders strong, and have managed to create a four minute gap from the main peloton. Division three are about 125km from Glen Innes, with two race leaders approaching a one minute lead. In the division two sprint, Cameron Judson of Harlequin came in first, followed by David Evans of Manly Warringah and Stuart Grieve of Northern Sydney.

8.20AM

A bunch of 14-18 riders lead the pack by approximately 40 seconds about 25km in, including team members of Olivers Racing, GPM Stulz, Drapac EF Cycling, Bennelong Swiss Wellness, the Australian Cycling Academy, AMR Renault and solo entrant Dan Bonello. Oliver Kent Spark, Sam Crome, Ryan Cavanagh, Cam Ivory, and Jack Sutton are thought to be in the front bunch.

8AM

There are 102 riders taking on the race in division two. They are sticking together early in the race, and preparing for the weather changes ahead, according to Rick Adams. Locals will be keeping an eye out for Inverell riders Alwyn Miller, Jason Sprang and Zak Sunderland. Two leaders, David Randall of Van dam Racing and William Barker Phoenix Cycling Collective have made a break for it in division 1. They have a 30 second lead but seem unlikely to hold it on. It’s 15 kilometres into the race, not far from the Cattle Creek climb, which could begin to split the peloton. The division three riders, including 30 women and 30 in the challenge, non-competitive category have taken off. 7.19AM …And they’re off! With record numbers in all three divisions, the first division sets off on the toughest one day cycle race in Australia. Inverell cycling fans will keep their fingers crossed for locals Ryan Thomas and Chris Hamilton. 6.45AM The first names are going up as teams prepare for one of the toughest Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classics in recent years. With headwinds of up to 45 kilometres an hour predicted for after the peak of the Gibraltar Range local and former Grafton to Inverell rider Peter Sunderland expects the race will stretch to six and a half hours this year. A broad smile on his face, local A Grade rider Ryan Thomas admitted the cold weather had come as “a bit of a shock” for many. Although he’d been unwell and unable to train hard in the past week, Thomas felt it could give him an advantage. “I usually race well on fresh legs,” he told the Grafton to Inverell committee. Nathan Elliott from Bennelong Swiss Wellness, who as a dual Melbourne to Warrnambool winner, is in the running for the top spot, said the headwind predictions should make the race “interesting”. “It’ll definitely make the race harder, but whether it splits (riders) up a bit, it’s hard to tell,” he said. National under 23 road race champion Cyrus Monk said he was feeling well, and said he was surprised by his recent success in Europe. The 2016 Grafton to Inverell winner Pat Lane said he’d love to win another one. With the headwinds, he said it would be really important to “ride a bit smarter a race”.
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