7th Hornsby to Swansea - NE

Australia, September 6-7, 2001

2000 Results    Past winners

Australian champion Williams too good again

The Lake Macquarie City Council 7th Hornsby to Swansea Cycle Classic National Road Series Category 1 Event was held on the 7th October 2001 incorporating for the first time the NSW Men's and Under 23 Open Road State Championship. This race is regarded as one of the leading one day classic's in Australia and once again did not disappoint.

The race started with some 98 competitors in fine and blustery south to south west winds at 9am at Hornsby Westfield Centre. Brett Aitken again lining up for the 189 km race, with tough opposition coming from NSW riders in Steve Williams the winner of the Hornsby Criterium on the Saturday, Peter Milostic runner-up, Bart Hickson, Rodney McGee, Ben Brooks and Parramatta's Trent Wilson who just returned from Italy on Friday where he has been riding with Team fakta.

The KOM was at the 45km mark and 92 km with St George rider Nicholas Wood first followed by Trent Wilson and Scott Bradburn coming across the line tied for 2nd place. The last feed station there was a group of some 11 riders had broken away the main bunch during the 2nd lap of the Mooney Mooney circuit. These riders had a good 3 minutes on the main bunch and were working well in the sometimes blustery conditions. Steve Williams, Trent Wilson, Nick Gates, Ben Brooks, Russell Van Hout, Phil Thuaux and Dan Smith were a part of this group who continued to try and stay together for some 125 km.

Down Bumble Hill and along the Yarramalong Valley to Wyee saw the bunch break up losing some riders in the sudden, sharp hills with some 6 riders together at the 162 km mark. On several occasions breaks were attempted by Nick Gates and Trent Wilson but they were brought back together again.

The race into Swansea saw three riders clear with Steve Williams, ahead by some 30 metres of the tired jet-lagged Trent Wilson, and Nick Gates some 150 metres further back for 3rd place. The win by Steve was an excellent ride after backing up the previous day by taking out the Criterium in the last few metres from Peter Milostic.

At the presentation Steve thanked the organisers of the race and told the crowd that he loves racing the Hornsby to Swansea Classic and regards this as one of his favourite events on the Cycling Calendar each year.

Results - 189 km

1 Steve Williams (Sutherland)      4.46.10
2 Trent Wilson (Parramatta)
3 Nick Gates (Manle)
4 Ben Brooks (St George)
5 Phil Thuaux (Caravello)
6 Russell Van (Hout Adelaide)
7 Craig Gordon (West Sydney)
8 Dan Smith (St George)
9 Paul Rowney (Easts)
10 Rhys Pollock (Albury)
11 Klayten Smith (Caravello)
12 Denis Mungoven (Canberra)
13 Liam Kelly (Easts)
14 Nicholas Wood (St George)
15 Ian Garrity (Bicisport)
16 Justin Quinton (Bicisport)
17 Phil Chapman (North Sydney)
18 Scott Bradburn (North Sydney)
19 Nathan Russell (Caravello)
20 Rodney Mason (Hamilton)
Under 23   

1 Ben Brooks (St George)
2 Phil Thuaux (Caravello)
3 Rhys Pollock (Albury)
B Grade (first unplaced)

1 Campbell Kerr (Sutherland)
C Grade (first unplaced)

1 John Ebling (Hunter Dist.)

Hornsby City Council Criterium, October 6

1 hour + 3 laps

1 Steve Williams (Sutherland)
2 Peter Milostic (Penrith)
3 Jono Davis (St George)
4 Brendan Shipp (St George)
5 Leigh Palmer (Velo)
6 Denis Mungoven (Canberra)
7 Baden Burke
8 Brett Aitken (Adelaide)
9 Brent Dawson (Dubbo)
10 Daniel Rutherford (Bankstown)

1st B Grade

1 Nick Wood (St George)

1st U23

1 Kevin Berkeley (Parramatta)

Sprint Primes

Liam Kelly (Easts)
Peter Milostic (Penrith)
Brendan Shipp (St George)

Past winners

2000 Marlon Alirio Pérez (Col) Colombia/RDM
1999 Jeremy Hunt (GBr)

Past Winners by Mario Stiehl, Berlin