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Heffron Park, Maroubra, March 29, 2003

Almost a century at Heffron

By Tony Horneman

Sister and brother
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Almost 100 junior and senior riders registered for racing at the weekly Randwick Botany Cycling Club criterium races at Heffron Park on March 29, 2003.

Racing was halted by the race commissarie, for a short time after 3 laps due to a fall in D-Grade. After several rolling laps to keep the muscles warm, the race was restarted and all riders quickly resumed full race pace.

In-form A-Grade riders Anthony Spurgeon (Caravello), Shaun Higgerson, Robert Cater, Patrick Jones, and Simon Price (Hobart Wheelers) took the placings in the elite race. Randwick Botany's Will Grey had a good ride, driving the bunch on several occasions.

Randwick Botany's Dave Jackson, sporting a new set of Zipp composite rimmed wheels, set the pace in B-Grade. Michael Murdoch (big bird) made a break early but was chased down quickly. Final placings were Jonathon Tainsh (North Sydney), Chris Young (Eastern Suburbs), Ryan Terry (North Sydney) and David McHugh (Sydney).

C grade action
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The Randwick Botany Cycling Club welcomed Dorothee Grun (and 4-year-old son Marcel), from the RC Guenther Koeln-Longerich cycling club in Koeln, Germany. Grun is visiting Australia for 7 weeks to train and prepare for the German National Championships later in the year. "The weather is very pleasant here in Australia, compared to back home," she said after the race.

Grun joined 21 other C-Grade riders for a 28km race. New club member Alex Templeton tried her hand at C-Grade this week, and made some short breaks during the race. There was plenty of action in the C-Grade field. Final placing were Martin Snowden (Sutherland), Shaun Ballesty (Randwick Botany) and Kevin Black (North Sydney).

A large D-Grade bunch (23 riders) raced for 20km. D-Grade star Phillip Chippendale did a lot of work keeping the other riders honest, and finished fourth for his efforts. Randwick Botany riders filled the first four places with Peter McDonald first after a solo breakaway, followed by Joe Henry, Andrew Young and Chippendale. Beth Bowen from the Sydney Cycling Club rode strongly and finished fifth.

Junior riders competed in time trails and a 10km handicap race. Michael Murdoch recorded the quickest time for the day with a 3min 9sec 2km lap. Nine-year-old Elliot Doughty won the 10km Handicap for the second week running. Full results at the end of this report.

Radio coverage

Coverage of local cycling results can be heard on Sydney's Eastside Radio 89.7FM "GAME ON" program, hosted by Brad Cooke, each Saturday morning from 10am to 12 noon.

More information

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 email or website


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(Randwick Botany Cycling Club riders unless otherwise noted.)
A Grade, 36 km
1 Anthony Spurgeon (Caravello)
2 Shaun Higgerson
3 Robert Cater
4 Patrick Jones
5 Simon Price (Hobart Wheelers)
B Grade, 32 km
1 Jonathon Tainsh (North Sydney)
2 Chris Young (Eastern Suburbs)
3 Ryan Terry (North Sydney)
4 David McHugh (Sydney)
C Grade, 28 km
1 Martin Snowden (Sutherland)
2 Shaun Ballesty
3 Kevin Black (North Sydney)
D Grade, 20 km
1 Peter McDonald
2 Joe Henry
3 Andrew Young
4 Phillip Chippendale
5 Beth Bowen (Sydney)
A Grade, 2 km Time Trial
1 Thomas Murdoch           3.09
2 Andrew Young             0.19
3 Tom Patton               0.26
B Grade, 2 km Time Trial
1 Elliot Doughty           4.07
2 Patrick Jenner           0.40
All in 10 km handicap
1 Elliot Doughty
2 Nick Hall
3 Andrew Young
4 Tom Patton
5 Thomas Murdoch 

Australian results from the past week

Canberra CC - Summer Criterium Series #19
Randwick Botany CC
Illawarra CC
Murwillumbah CC
Trek Series Rd 12


Complete Australian results for 2003