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Goulburn to Sydney Cycle Classic- NE
New South Wales, Australia, September 24, 2006
Adelaide's Jongewaard powers to victory
Report by Kyle Mackay
South Australian Chris Jongewaard (Savings and Loans) won a dramatic edition of the Goulburn to Sydney Cycle Classic yesterday ahead of breakaway companions Stuart Shaw (Drapac Porsche) and Trent Wilson (Parramatta CC). Jongewaard, who represented Australia at the world mountain bike championships last month in Rotorua, New Zealand attacked in the final kilometers to win on his own at the race's traditional finish in Camden.
"I'd tested the waters early and those guys [breakaway companions Shaw and Wilson] had pulled me back a couple of times and it was good to just get over that last climb and onto the downhill run with five kilometres to go. I was feeling kind-of reasonable, so I thought I'd have a dig," said Jongewaard of his victory.
The trio had escaped from a group of fifteen riders just after the feed zone in Berrima after 80km and were never headed.
The race was held in precarious conditions in which the riders were buffeted by vicious wind gusts that reached over 100km/h on the descent of Razorback Ridge near the race's finish. Along the route, the hot winds fanned fires that destroyed four houses and burnt more than 1000 acres near Picton in the NSW Southern Highlands.
Second-place getter Shaw said the race was definitely affected by the wind. "The wind out there was really strong. I've never seen professional bike riders get blown five metres sideways before; they're normally quite aware of what's happening," recounted the Canberra rider.
How it unfolded
A quality field that included the top-seven finishers from last week's Grafton to Inverell began under gradually deteriorating weather in Goulburn at 8.45am. There were several hairy moments in the race's neutralised section as the riders headed momentarily west and into the wind towards the Southern Freeway exit. As the race proper began, Drapac Porsche immediately strung out the field on the freeway heading east and into a crosswind.
A breakaway of three riders formed after 20km and the race split up into three echelons. Over the next 25kms, riders managed to bridge up to the breakaway until it swelled to a maximum of fifteen riders after 50km. It became clear that a winner would emerge from this group as those behind gradually began sit up.
The fifteen riders were Stuart Shaw and Dean Windsor (Drapac Porsche), Anthony Challinor and Jose Rodriguez (Clarence St Cyclery), Peter McDonald (FRF Couriers - Excelpro), Shaun Lewis and Richard Vollebregt (Southern Highlands CC), Bradley Mills and Robert Williams (Mace Up and Go), Peter Mueller and Chris Jongewaard (Savings and Loans), Cameron Hughes (Ffast CC), Peter Milostic (Penrith Panthers CC), Trent Wilson (Parramatta CC), and Sean Finning (SouthAustralia.com - AIS). Crucially, race favourite and the winner into Inverell last week, Robert McLachlan (Drapac Porsche), and Australian road champion Russell Van Hout (Savings and Loans) missed the break and were seemingly out of contention early, losing more than three minutes to the breakaway by the feed zone at Berrima at the 80 kilometre mark.
Jongewaard appeared to miss his bidon in the feed zone, so he rolled through at speed followed by Shaw and Wilson. A few kilometres later the first KOM prize was taken by Jongewaard after the pace was raised on the hill by Wilson. Shaw stayed alert; "I remembered Trent attacking on the first KOM last year, so I was ready for his move. Over the top, the three of us realised we were away so we just put our heads down and really hammered it," said the sprinter in the red Porsche strip.
The final 80km saw the worst of the weather with dust-storms and lots of debris scattering the course, including a couple of fallen trees near the finish that interrupted the riders finishing outside of the top ten. Despite this, the front three powered on to gain nearly two minutes by Yerringbool with 50km to go before McDonald (FRF Couriers - Excelpro), Hughes (Ffast CC) and Finning (SouthAustralia.com - AIS) launched a counter-attack.
On the first ascent of the notorious Razorback for the second KOM prime, Jongewaard was not afraid to show his strength and attacked, leading his companions over the crest by 20 seconds, although he was rejoined on the descent. Behind, the chasing duo of Hughes and McDonald were at 3'38" to Jongewaard, while Finning had dropped back to the third group by the lower slopes that trailed by another three and a half minutes. On the third KOM over the same mountain, Jongewaard again took the honours to guarantee himself the mountains prize.
In the final kilometres, there was little Shaw and Wilson could do to contain the determined rider from Adelaide's Norwood CC. "I'm quite a good sprinter so my goal was to get to the finish with the three of us, however, Chris was really strong and he attacked with three or four kilometres to go and we just couldn't get him back, basically. Trent attacked with 400m to go and I countered and managed to get back onto his wheel, and that was the 2nd place move," said Shaw at the finish.
Despite only returning from racing for his Jittery Joes team in the United States nine days ago, and beginning the race feeling a little under the weather, Trent Wilson was disappointed initially at the finish to only finish third. "We sort of had a gentleman's agreement to ride to the finish, but Chris was the strongest and got the win. I tried to sprint at the end but couldn't get up," said Wilson.
Gary Sutton's young NSWIS squad had a tough but expected ride in the conditions yesterday. "Our guys were always going to suffer out there today," he said, "but it was a good experience for the boys."
On the day's winner, Sutton, himself a former winner of the event said, "The best man won today, without a doubt. A win's a win, but this is a very special win for Chris. Not only do you have to be physically and mentally strong, on a day like today you need to eat and drink right, and you also need to be very skilled in these types of conditions."
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1 Chris Jongewaard (Savings and Loans) 2 Stuart Shaw (Drapac Porsche) 3 Trent Wilson (Parramatta CC) 4 Cameron Hughes (Ffast Cycle Club) 5 Peter McDonald (FRF Couriers- ExcelPro) 6 Bradley Mills (Mace Up and Go) 7 Jose Rodriguez (Clarence St CCC) 8 Shaun Lewis (Southern Highlands CC) 9 Peter Milostic (Penrith Panthers CC) 10 Peter Mueller (Savings and Loans) 11 Mitchell Docker (Drapac Porsche) 12 Casey Munro (Brunswick Cycling Club) 13 Sean Finning (SouthAustralia.com - AIS.com) 14 Michael Tolhurst (Team Velo Canberra) 15 Joshua Marden (FRF Couriers- ExcelPro) 16 Peter Herzig (FRF Couriers- ExcelPro) 17 Stephen Cunningham (Savings and Loans) 18 Daniel Alcock (Coffs Harbour CC) 19 David Evans (Clarence St CCC) 20 Robert Williams (Mace Up and Go Team) 21 Tobias Erler (Giant Asia Racing Team) 22 Nicholas Wood (Randwick Botany CC) 23 Nash Kent (Mace Up and Go Team) 24 Russell Van Hout (Savings and Loans) 25 Alex Arias (Lidcombe Auburn CC) 26 Robert Lyte (Bankstown Sports CC) 27 Robert Cater (Randwick Botany CC) 28 Richard Vollebregt (Southern Highlands CC) 29 Darren Cash (Sutherland Shire CC) 30 Klayton Smith (Clarence St CCC) 31 Jason Doyle (Hunter District CC) 32 Dylan Cooper (Tuggeranong Vikings CC) 33 Nick Both (Peloton Sports) 34 Tyler McLachlan (Southern Cross CC) 35 Nathan Rollason (Randwick Botany CC) 36 Jarrett Wood (Kooragang Open CC) 37 Graeme Arnott (Central Coast CC) 38 Michael Cupitt (Tuggeranong Vikings CC) 39 Kevin Poultin (Clarence St CCC) 40 Christopher Young (Parramatta CC) 41 Neil Skipper (Tuggeranong Vikings CC) 42 Marcus Hayman (Team Velo Canberra) 43 Trent Bulter (Macarthur Collegians CC)