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Trek Bikes Summer series #9
Heffron Park, Maroubra, March 2, 2004
Time trial king Dangerfield in solo win
After last weeks washout, Round 9 of the Trek Bikes Summer Series was raced in clear, almost perfect autumn conditions as British time trial specialist Sturat Dangerfield soloed away on the last lap to sneak a win in front of a fast finishing chase group. David Tanner lead home the sprint which is also included Series leader Jose Rodriguez who grabbed a valuable two points to extend his lead over B grade international Dave Whyman who was unable to race last night.
With three more races still to go in the Series, the first prize of a Trek 5500 Carbon OCLV frame is still anybody's, however the race for the Sprint King first prize of the Shimano Dura Ace Wheelset swung in Mathew Lucas's favour last night as he increased his lead over clubmate Jerzy Sowa to twelve points.
Despite their relatively small number of only 12 riders, A grade were able to put in a very smooth and fast ride in the favourable conditions and had B and C grade lined up with four laps to go. Unfortunately the long awaited return to racing by Frank Conceicao (not sure what he was returning from) didn't spur the 27 strong C grade bunch to greater things as B grade, riding their smoothest race in weeks rounded up C grade two laps before A grade closed the gap.
In the final laps, apart from some strenuous efforts in the gutter down the straight, the combined bunches largely stayed together, although it was the A grade big motors of Tanner, McGee (NSWIS) and Rodriguez, Campbell, Stewart, Dangerfield (Easts) who were doing the damage.
After some earlier softening up moves off the front, Dangerfield's attack on the last lap was the one that finally paid off. A big effort into the wind around the back and just grind it out to the finish - sounds easy, but it required every bit of his considerable international TT experience to pull it off.
Creeping back into form and onto the leader board for the first time in the Series was local King, Anthony Spurgeon who has now set his sights on a race win before the Series finishes. Backing up his earlier sprint king wins, Matt Lucas claimed 1st B grade with another fine finish.
In the battle for C grade supremacy, Southern Cross junior Keeagn Atchinson got the win and the new C grade series lead, while Duncan Markham hung on for third and still holds second place in the pointscore.
1 Stuart Dangerfield (Easts) 2 David Tanner (FDJ-NSWIS) 3 Rodney McGee (FDJ-NSWIS) 4 Jose Rodriguez (Easts/FRF Couriers) 5 Anthony Spurgeon (Caravello) B Grade 1 Mathew Lucas (Randwick Botany) C Grade 1 Keegan Atchinson (Southern Cross) 2 Chris Guillan (Southern Cross) 3 Duncan Markham (Manly) Trek Bikes Pointscore 1 Jose Rodriguez 20 pts 2 Dave Whyman 14 3 Matthew Lucas 9 4 Rodney McGee 8 5 Steve Wooldridge 7 5 Jerzy Sowa 7 5 Brian Appleyard 7 5 Steve Fitzpatrick 7 5 Stuart Dangerfield 7 10 Robert Cater 6 11 Peter McDonald 5 11 David Tanner 5 13 Chris Gruber 4 13 Peter Hatton 4 13 Trent Iliffe 4 13 Patrick Jones 4 17 Jason Ockerby 3 17 Luke Cridland 3 17 Andrew Kilday 3 20 Jeff Jones 2 20 Danny Iannazzo 2 20 John Kenny 2 23 Stewart Campbell 1 23 Keegan Aitchinson 1 23 John Tzinberg 1 23 Anthony Spurgeon 1 A/B Grade Sprint King 1 Matthew Lucas 57 pts 2 Jerzy Sowa 45 3 David Green 25 3 Peter McDonald 25 5 Jose Rodriguez 15 6 Dave Whyman 13 7 Scott Callum 10 7 Alan Bozunovic 10 9 Patrick Jones 9 10 Stuart Dangerfield 8 11 Stephen Pearson 7 11 Craig Dempsey 7 11 Rodney McGee 7 14 Steve Wooldridge 5 14 Stewart Campbell 5 14 Brian Appleyard 5 14 Steve Fitzpatrick 5 18 Patrick McNaughton 4 19 John Kenny 3 19 Chris Gruber 3 19 Peter Hatton 3 19 Dave Evans 3 19 David Tanner 3 24 Luke Cridland 2 24 Robert Cater 2 26 Andrew Kilday 1 26 Trent Iliffe 1 26 David Stewart 1 26 Warwick Edwards 1 26 Tony Iannicito 1 26 Roger Sully 1 26 Michael Murdoch 1 C Grade Poinstcore 1 Keegan Aitchinson 18 pts 2 Duncan Markham 15 3 Danny Iannazzo 9 3 Mark Robertson 9 5 Kevin Black 6 5 Chris Guillan 6 7 Jason Ockerby 5 8 Shane Howley 3 8 Andy Mathews 3 10 Chris Dowd 1
Local results 2004