Results and Reports for December 1-4, 2001


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Eastern Suburbs Summer Criterium Series

Heffron Park, NSW, December 4, 2001

After three days of hot, humid summer weather (and storms) you would have thought a nice cool southerly change would be welcome, but not if you were racing at Heffron and had to battle the 30 knot wind gusts down the home straight. Another big field with 28 in C grade, 20 in B grade and a 15 strong A grade field bolstered by Australian Road Champion, strongman Steve Williams.

C grade once again made a good start, driven along by the momentum of the large bunch and some impressive turns by Ironman Triathlete Justin Granger, however the wind was taking its toll and the sting was well and truly fading at the halfway mark of seven laps.

B grade, despite a good sized field didn't seem to make any impression on closing the gap to C grade and were easily caught by a fast finishing A grade with five laps to go, but C grade were still holding onto a considerable 25sec advantage.

The last five laps then became a mad scramble as A grade picked up the pace to try and claim their first outright win this summer. The intensity resulted in the combined A/B field of 25 quickly reduced to 10 A grade riders, driven by punishing truns from Steve Williams, Brian Appleyard, Jono Davis and even the King of Heffron, Anthony Spurgeon.

At the bell, C grade were still hanging on to a 500m lead, but as they turned into the straight and hit the wind for the last time, the A grade train powered past them with Brian Appleyard showing good form to hold off Jono Davis in the sprint. Warren Scott backed up his B grade win from last week by managing to stay with lead group and Clive Hammerson won the frantic C grade finish.


A Grade
1 Brian Appleyard (Marconi Fairfield)
2 Jono Davis (St George)
3 Jose Rodrigues (Easts)
4 Darren Rutherford (Bankstown)
5 Liam Kelly (Easts)
B Grade
1 Warren Scott (St George)
C Grade
1 Clive Hammerson (Randwick Botany)

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