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By Tony Horneman
Stewart Campbell dominated the 36km A/B Grade criterium race at Heffron Park, Maroubra during the Randwick Botany Cycling Club race on Saturday 15 December 2001. The ten A/B riders stayed together until the halfway mark when a group of five comprising Stewart Campbell, John Kenny, Luke Gowty, Clive Hammerson and U17 rider Chris Jenkins, broke away. Campbell did most of the work at the front and lifted the pace to drop Hammerson and Jenkins with 8km to go. The remaining 3 riders fought out a tough sprint to the line with Campbell finishing only half a wheel ahead of Kenny, with Gowty half a bike length further back.
Randwick Botany Cycling Club welcomed back Hans Visch to C Grade racing, after a couple of years on the Tri-athlon circuit. Visch rode strongly in the 12-rider 28km C Grade event. Wayne Goold, Brad Lane and John Droz made short breakaways during the race to test the other riders. With 400m to go, the bunch sprint was started by Tony Horneman who led until 100m from home. Lindsay Monks, who had tactically drafted behind Horneman down the straight, surged ahead to claim first place, with Tony Caruana finishing second. Horneman finished in third place.
Carlo Ghisolfi, was a member of the 1956 Italian Olympic Cycling Team in Melbourne. He now is a D Grade cyclist and claimed first place in the 20km D Grade race. Ron Sproule was placed second with Jamie Guinan coming home third. Melanie Rassan, from the Brats club finished sixth. The 16km E Grade placing were Luke Davison first, Ken Woodhouse second and Julia Guinan third. Kevin Blanchfield competed in the F Grade 16km event.
Club President John Buckton officiated over five Junior events, starting with the 2km Time Trial. The best time was recorded by Keegan Aitchison 3min 32sec, followed by Pita Vea 3min 38sec and Thom Richards 3min 39min. U17 riders Chris Jenkins and Robert Cater teamed together for an 18km Team Time Trial and recorded a time of 28min 18sec. The A Grade 12km Scratch Race was won by Keegan Aitchison in a time of 23min 46sec. Second was Chris Young with Mark Woodhouse third. The B Grade 8km Scatch race placings were Luke Davison, Tomas Bykerk, Max Gueniv and Adiano Maradini in fourth place. The C Grade 6km race was won by Tylor Aitchison with James Warne second.
Next Saturday 22 December 2001 will be the Randwick Botany Cycling Club Annual Pudding Race at Heffron Park, Maroubra and the final club event for 2001. Juniors start at 1.30pm and Seniors 2.30pm. Club racing will resume after the Christmas break on Saturday 12 January 2002. For more information please contact the club secretary Helen Vella on 02 9667 3307 or website www.randwickbotanycc.com..
A/B Grade 36km 1 Stewart Campbell 2 John Kenny 3 Luke Gowty C Grade 28km 1 Lindsay Monks 2 Tony Caruana 3 Tony Horneman D Grade 20km 1 Carlo Ghisolfi 2 Ron Sproule 3 Jamie Guinan E Grade 16km 1 Luke Davison 2 Ken Woodhouse 3 Julia Guinan F Grade 16km 1 Kevin Blanchfield Juniors 2km Time Trial Keegan Aitchison 3.32 Pita Vea Thom Richards 18km Time Trial Chris Jenkins and Robert Cater 28.18 A Grade 12km Scratch Race 1 Keegan Aitchison 23.46 2 Chris Young 3 Mark Woodhouse B Grade 8km Scatch 1 Luke Davison 2 Tomas Byberk 3 Max Gueniv 4 Adiano Maradini C Grade 6km 1 Tylor Aitchison 2 James Warne
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