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Eastern Suburbs Cycling Club
Heffron Park, Sydney, March 21, 2006
Cater wins final round as Richardson takes series win
By John Sunde
Up and coming FRF Couriers rider, Robbie Cater capped off a consistent summer to win the last round of the 2006 Trek Bikes Summer series and clinch second place overall in the Trek series pointscore. As expected, age group triathlete and ironman champ Aaron Richardson won the series after his early season points spree from five starts in C grade netted him an unbeatable 20 point haul. Aaron goes home with the coveted series prize of a trek Madone SL frame valued at $3999. Peter O'Connor also capped an impressive month of racing when he won C grade for the third consecutive week edging him to the top of the C grade pointscore.
The final night of racing was blessed with a clear sunny night, with the usual wind of course, however the long shadows of autumn were well and truly creeping across the course putting a lot of guess work into the cornering during the closing laps. Another strong turnout with 70 riders signing on to do battle around Heffron Park's twisting, challenging 2km circuit with an even spread of riders in all grades. Local rider Dave Treacy was lining up before heading off to compete in this weekends Commonwealth Games road race where he will be flying the Maltese flag.
Mein Host, Herr Conceicao made a surprise announcement on the start line to announce the missing key to the Easts petty cash tin had at last been found and that first place prizemoney for the final round would be an attractive purse of $300. In real cash money, mate. Aussie dollars, mate. The substantially increased purse had C grade fired up from the gun and at the halfway point of the race it looked like they were going to make it eight wins from 11 rounds.
B grade's effort once again folded as they were caught by the FRF Couriers
driven A grade with seven laps to go. C grade still had a comfy half lap buffer
at this stage, but with Dave Evans already crowned 2006 Sprint King the fast
dwindling bunch were at last more focused on closing the gap than winning sprint
primes. Stewart Campbell was again at his aggressive best when he attacked with
two laps to go with Tim Willing in tow. Troy Glennan and Liam Kelly were the
next to go then Anthony Spurgeon put in a big effort to cart team mate Robbie
Cater across. C grade were finally rounded up just after the bell when St George
track stars Steve Fitzpatrick and Warren Scott put in a last ditch effort.
With the final race in another outstanding season of summer racing at Heffron Park run and won, it was time for the annual closing ceremony to get underway. Fortunately no flames to extingush, only the thirst of the riders to quench after 20 weeks of racing in hot, windy conditions. Unfortunately the keys to the Easts chilly bin are still missing (try the second drawer under the Albion Cycles work bench) so it was left to John Boles who very generously provided a slab of Hahn Premium which everyone enjoyed.
Congratulations to the top five placegetters in the series - Aaron Richardson, Robbie Cater, Anthony O'Brien, Andy Portess and Peter O'Connor who were all awarded prizemoney and prizes, along with Sprint King Dave Evans.
On behalf of all the riders a big hearty thank you must go to Pat Johnston, Jenny Spurgeon, Fred and Helen Vella who made it all happen, week in week out. Thanks also to the generosity of the Randwick Botany club for their continued supprt of the series and of course to Trek Bicycles Australia for their sponsorship. Easts are planning a one off race next Tuesday night before daylight saving ends, so get along if you're keen for one last race before winter sets in, otherwise ride safely over winter, there's only 30 weeks to go.
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Images by Stuart Baker
1 Robbie Cater (FRF Couriers) 2 Warren Scott (St George) 3 Liam Kelly (Sydney) 4 Stewart Campbell (Easts) 5 Tim Willing (Midland WA) B Grade 1 John Sunde (St George) 2 John Baxter (Easts) 3 Tony Iannacito (Caravello) C Grade 1 Peter O'Connor (Easts) 2 Adam Socha (Randwick Botany) 3 Shane Howley (Easts) Sprint Primes 7 laps to go 1 Liam Kelly 2 Tim Willing 3 Robbie Cater 5 laps to go 1 Luis Trueba 2 Dave Evans 3 Robbie Cater 3 laps to go 1 Troy Glennan 2 Stewart Campbell 3 Tim Willing Trek Bikes Poinstcore 1 Aaron Richardson 20 pts 2 Robbie Cater 15 3 Anthony O'Brien 13 4 Andy Portess 11 5 Peter O'Connor 10 6 Peter Carscadden 9 6 Stewart Campbell 9 8 Paul Watzlaff 7 8 Stuart Dangerfield 7 8 Dave Whyman 7 8 Shane Howley 7 12 Frank Fortuna 6 12 Simon Parker 6 12 Adam Socha 6 12 Tim Willing 6 16 Karl Bellamy 5 16 Jose Rodriguez 5 16 Andrew Duggan 5 16 Liam Kelly 5 16 Warren Scott 5 21 Mike Bolt 4 21 Marko Turner 4 21 Chris Sutton 4 24 Gavin Bates 3 24 Anthony Spurgeon 3 26 Alf Brown 1 26 Brad McGarry 1 26 Emma James 1 26 Anthony Taylor 1 26 Luis Trueba 1 A/B Grade Sprint King 1 Dave Evans 66 pts 2 Matthew Lucas 39 3 Tim Willing 31 4 Robert Cater 21 5 Jose Rodriguez 16 6 Sean Vale 15 7 Stewart Campbell 14 8 Richard Vial 13 9 Liam Kelly 12 10 John Kenny 11 10 Gerard Donaldson 11 12 Scott Callum 10 13 Stan Genakis 9 14 Dave Whyman 8 14 Michael O'Brien 8 16 Brad Mills 6 16 Chris Reynolds 6 16 John Peppard 6 16 Peter Fitzpatrick 6 16 Peter McDonald 6 21 Dave Green 5 21 Josh Flemming 5 21 Mark Cavendish 5 21 Stuart Dangerfield 5 21 Troy Glennan 5 21 Alex Frame 5 21 Luis Trueba 5 21 Troy Glennan 5 29 Alan Bozunovic 3 29 Chris Reynolds 3 29 Chris Sutton 3 29 Jim Moore 3 29 Jonothan Cridland 3 29 Patrick Naughton 3 29 Adam Shephard 3 29 Anthony Spurgeon 3 29 Matt Fleming 3 29 Warren Scott 3 39 Gavin Bates 2 39 Joe McDonnell 2 39 Marko Turner 2 42 George Diniakos 1 42 John Baxter 1 42 John Boles 1 42 Steve Wooldridge 1 42 Tony Corrigan 1 42 Brad Glennan 1 C Grade Poinstcore 1 Peter O'Connor 19 pts 2 Aaron Richardson 17 3 Shane Howley 12 4 Andy Portess 9 5 Anthony O'Brien 8 6 Adam Socha 6 7 Paul Watzlaff 5 7 Peter Carscadden 5 9 Chris Taylor 4 10 Marko Turner 3 10 Mike Bolt 3 10 Frank Fortuna 3 13 Simon Parker 2 14 Karl Bellamy 1 14 Andrew Duggan 1 14 Andrew Kirk 1 Previous series winners 2005 Anthony Spurgeon 2004 Jose Rodriguez 2003 Craig Dempsey 2002 Anthony Spurgeon 2001 Stewart Campbell 2000 Stewart CampbellLocal results 2006