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The World No 2 woman cyclist, Judith Arndt 25, from Leipzig, Germany joined fellow Saturn Team member Petra Rossner at the weekly Randwick Botany Cycling Club Criterium race at Heffron Park on Saturday 23 February 2002. Arndt and Rossner represented Germany in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and are preparing for Round One of cycling's World Cup to be staged from Cooma to Thredbo next month.
Competing in B Grade, the Saturn Team members drove the bunch for 16 laps of the tight 2km Heffron Park circuit. Arndt lead out in the final sprint with Rossner on her wheel. John Kenny jockeyed for a good position but Rossner stormed through to take first place, followed by Kenny and Dave Watkinson.
The ten-rider A Grade race over 36km featured riders preparing for the Tour of Tasmania starting next week in Hobart, including Anthony Challinor from the Avanti Blackman Bicycles NSW Team. Randwick Botany rider Shaun Higgerson rode strongly and was second wheel, down the finishing strait, behind Anthony Spurgeon from Team Caravello. Spurgeon crossed first with Jeff Jones getting up to take second place. Higgerson finished third.
A four-man breakaway, which included Randwick Botany's Michael Murdoch and Club President John Buckton, stole the show in the 22-rider C Grade race over 28km. The breakaway maintained a 200m lead for most of the race. The back-markers worked together to catch the foursome for a bunch sprint to the line. In a tight finish, C Grade first-timer Will Gray finished first, only half a wheel ahead of Buckton with Kelvin Haisman third.
The D Grade event was conducted over 20km with Brendan Scarf finishing first, with birthday boy Phillip Chippendale second and Ron Sproule third. Results in the E Grade 16km race were Luke Davison first and Norman Jew second.
Randwick Botany Cycling Club conducts racing at Heffron Park, Maroubra NSW each Saturday throughout the year. Juniors start at 1.00pm and Seniors 2.30pm. For more information please contact the club secretary Helen Vella on 02 9667 3307 or website www.randwickbotanycc.com.
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Seniors A Grade - 36km 1 Anthony Spurgeon 2 Jeff Jones 3 Shaun Higgerson B Grade - 32km 1 Petra Rossner 2 John Kenny 3 Dave Watkinson C Grade - 28km 1 Will Gray 2 John Buckton 3 Kelvin Haisman D Grade - 20km 1 Brendan Scarf 2 Phillip Chippendale 3 Ron Sproule E Grade - 16km 1 Luke Davison 2 Norman Jew Juniors Under 19 Time Trial - 6km 1 Chris Young, 10.25 Under 17 Time Trial - 6km 1 Michael Murdoch, 10.35 2 Thomas Murdoch, 11.43 Under 15 Time Trail - 4km 1 Mark Woodhouse, 7.45 2 Andrew Young, 8.14 Under 13 Time Trial - 4km 1 Luke Davison, 7.56 2 Max Gueniev, 8.28 Under 11 Time Trial - 2km 1 Adriano Maradini, 4.21 A Grade - 12km 1 Keegan Aitchison 2 Chris Young 3 Thomas Murdoch B Grade - 8km 1 Mark Woodhouse 2 Andrew Young 3 Max Gueniev C Grade - 6km 1 Adriano Maradini 2 Tayla Aitchison 3 Nicolas Mellick Results and report courtesy Tony Horneman, Communication Officer, Randwick Botany Cycling Club
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