WELCOME to the 1998 Hornsby to Swansea Cycle Classic.
The Classic is now in its fourth year and continues to grow. The Race Organiser Jim Sandford has been told by Cycling Australia officials that the race will be the last one-day event in Australia before the Olympic Road Race in 2000. This will provide international riders with an ideal opportunity to fine-tune themselves before the Olympics.
The three days of racing started on Friday September 18 with the Swansea Criterium and the race winner was Eddy Salas from the Penrith Panthers team with Ben Brooks a close second. The Criterium was over 45 minutes plus 3 laps event. On Saturday, September 19 the action moved to he Hornsby Mall in Hunter Street, Hornsby where the Hornsby Criterium (Cat 3) was staged. Again it is also a 45 minutes plus 3 lap criterium and Dubbo's Brent Dawson beat Victorian David McKenzie.
On Sunday, September 20 the riders tackled the Category 1, Hornsby to Swansea Cycle Classic which included two major climbs up Mooney Mooney. It started at 9.00 a.m. in Hunter Street, Hornsby (a northern suburb of Sydney) and the route then headed north across the Hawkesbury River, looped around the tough terrain of Mooney Mooney and Calga and finished next to the beautiful Lake Macquarie at Swansea Heads on the East Coast of New South Wales 186 kms later.
The field of 65 riders raced hard all the way and finally in a photo finish sprint Khris Denham (Parramatta) beat Eddy Salas from Penrith. Eddy won the Mountain's prize for accumulating the most points in the climbs along the way. More detailed results are available on the results page (see link on the menu).
Overall a fabulous promotion by Jim Sandford (Telephone - 02 4943 5170) and it promises to be bigger next year.