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Eastern Suburbs Cycling Club
Trek Summer Series #7 - Heffron Park, Sydney, February 15, 2005
'Brutus' the victor as C Grade takes line honours
After narrowly missing out last week, C grade strongman Chris 'Brutus' Reynolds (Randwick Botany) made sure of the win this week, when he comfortably outsprinted a C grade field which had stayed away from the fast finishing A and B grade bunch in round 7 of the Trek Bike Summer Series.
The win catapults him into second spot in the series point score, seven points behind the co-leaders Anthony Spurgeon (Colnago-Caravello) and Stewart Campbell (Easts) who both missed out on a top five placings and valuable series points in the race for the series first prize of a Trek Madone 5.9 frame.
The battle for club honours is also delicately poised with host club Eastern Suburbs only managing two wins in seven races. Club mentor and coach to the stars, Francesco Conceicao will be keeping a close eye on the handicap times as he works out way to combat the threat of Colnago-Caravello's King Spurge for the series lead and Randwick Botany's super vet, Liam Kelly's hold in the Sprint King Competition. Easts still lead the C grade competition, but even that is looking shaky as Brutus Reynoldus is going to be hard to stop in the remaining five weeks, that's if he keeps his C grade starting spot.
C Grade still had the upper hand by again managing to stay away, just, for the entire 15 laps. Their strength is in their numbers with over 35 riders in the bunch, which, combined with a hot night and little wind, helped their chances of taking line honours. Also helping them was former AIS endurance track rider from the 90's, Nathan Page, making a comeback to racing after 10 years - he's already eyeing a B grade start next week. The small A grade bunch of 10 riders were driven primarily by the Colnago-Caravello squadra of Jose Rodriguez, Ben Isaksen and Anthony Challinor ,together with the Easts duo of Stuart Dangerfield and Paul Rowney. Despite an energetic start from B grade, the two groups were together with five laps to go, but at the bell it was obvious the honours and the money were going to C grade.
Judging by the photo, it was Chris Reynolds all the way - they don't call him Brutus for nothing. What was impressive was 14-year-old, schoolboy Luke Davison (Randwick Botany), finishing second in front of some far more experienced rivals and giving Randwick Botany a one-two finish for the night. Richard Dodds (Sydney) finished in the placings this week, after his sixth place last week. Todd Dunn (Easts) was in the money for fourth but out of the points, while yet another generation of Cridland's, 15-year-old Jonathon (Southern Cross) grabbed fifth spot. In the sprint finale for A and B grade, Liam Kelly gave Randwick Botany another win in A grade while in B grade, John Kenny notched up another win and must be wondering what he has to do to get promoted to A grade after placing in every B grade finish for six consecutive weeks.
Cycling Trivia Night
There's a great night out to support a great cause this Saturday night at 7pm at Sydney's Bonnie Doon Golf Club in Pagewood, when some of our cycling legends host a trivia night to raise money for The National Stroke Foundation. Tickets are only $50 with dinner included and the chance to bid on some fantastic auction prizes like a Trek 1500 road bike, a Trek MT60 kids mountain bike and a Giant XTC3 mountain bike. For tickets and info contact Kristy Scrymgeour on firstname.lastname@example.org or 9318 2644.
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Images by Rocky Fortuna
1 Chris Reynolds (Randwick Botany) 2 Luke Davison (Randwick Botany) 3 Richard Dodds (Sydney) 4 Todd Dunn (Easts) 5 Jonathon Cridland (Southern Cross) 1st A Grade Liam Kelly (Randwick Botany) 1st B Grade John Kenny (Easts) Trek Bikes Poinstcore 1 Anthony Spurgeon 18 pts 1 Stewart Campbell 18 3 Chris Reynolds 11 4 Steve Wooldridge 7 4 Matthew White 7 4 Tom Reid 7 7 John Kenny 6 8 Mark Renshaw 4 8 Ben Isaksen 4 8 Liam Kelly 4 8 Sam Lee 4 8 Luke Davison 4 13 Mathew Lucas 3 13 Chris Jenkins 3 13 Adam Shepherd 3 13 Richard Dodds 3 17 Peter McDonald 2 17 Brian Appleyard 2 17 Sam Carroll 2 17 Todd Dunn 2 21 Jeff Jones 1 21 Louis Treuba 1 21 Scott Callum 1 21 Rodney Mendes 1 21 Jonathon Cridland 1 A/B Grade Sprint King 1 Liam Kelly 44 pts 2 Stewart Campbell 39 3 Anthony Iannacito 28 4 Nic Rathborne 20 5 Anthony Spurgeon 14 6 Steve Wooldridge 13 7 John Kenny 13 8 Brent Jenkins 9 8 Scott Callum 9 9 Troy Glennan 8 10 Mark Renshaw 6 11 Matthew White 5 11 Sam Lee 5 13 Steve Orfanos 4 13 Alan Bozunovic 4 15 Dave Treacy 3 15 Ben Isaksen 3 15 Mark Stoneham 3 15 Andrew Kilday 3 15 Shaun Higgerson 3 20 John Sunde 2 20 Peter McDonald 2 22 Charlie O Brien 1 22 Mathew Lucas 1 22 Chris Jenkins 1 22 Paddy Jones 1 22 Mark Wall 1 22 Gavin Bates 1 22 Stuart Dangerfield 1 C Grade Poinstcore 1 Todd Dunn 17 pts 2 Tom Reid 16 3 Chris Reynolds 10 4 Joel Xuereb 5 4 Andrew Hall 5 6 Adam Shepherd 3 6 Luke Davison 3 8 Roger Shackleton 2 9 Sam Carroll 1 9 Richard Dodds 1 Sprint Primes 7 laps to go 1 Nic Rathborne 2 Alan Bozunovic 3 Mark Wall 5 laps to go 1 John Kenny 2 Tony Iannacito 3 Steve Orfanis 3 laps to go 1 Liam Kelly 2 Stewart Campbell 3 Gavin Bates Final 1 Liam Kelly 2 Stewart Campbell 3 John Kenny
Local results 2004