Huon Salmon-Genesys were keen to control the pace during the early km's.

With Siding Springs in the distance the tension was building.

Brenton Jones drives the bunch into the lower slopes.

Let the 14km's of climbing begin.

No one was keen to make an attack to early.

The scars left from the bushfire ravaged Warrenbungles was all around.

Cameron Bayly was looking calm in the leaders jersey.

Huon Salmon-Genesys were on the front pushing the pace.

Jack Haig puts in a big effort with about 4km to go.

Then he attacks Bayly...

Haigs attacks is reeled in, and a small group was looking to rejoin the leaders.

Cameron Bayly then breaks away with Nathan Earle.

Earle takes the win after a late attack.

Cameron Bayly finishes in second place at 16 seconds.

Exhausted... Bailey would loose the race lead as well to trail Earle by only 5 seconds.

The Battle to Siding Springs