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Bathurst Classic Weekend of Cycling - April 2-3, 2005

By Mark Windsor

Dominant riders on the first day of the Bathurst Subaru Classic weekend of cycling were MG X-Power/Bigpond rider Shaun Higgerson and Parramatta's Leonie Aisbett. Both had wins in the NSW Hill Climb event and the circuit race in the afternoon

Aisbett has been in great form since a break from the sport, and has been unbeaten in recent events, her state hill climb championship coming on the back of a win in the NSW Elite women's Criterium Championship a fortnight ago. Aisbett defeated Canberra climber Judith May and Bathurst surprise packet Jodie Martin in the dash up the Mountain. Aisbett extended her lead in the overall weekend points score by defeating Junior World Champ Amanda Spratt, last year's winner Kate Nichols, Tiffany Cromwell (SA) and Elizabeth Hickey (ACT).

Meanwhile, Shaun Higgerson and the MG X-Power Bigpond Team took control of the men's events, Higgerson taking the King of Mt Panorama title with the fastest time of the day in the Under 23 Championship, defeating NSWIS/FD development riders Sam Lee and Richard Moffatt. The Elite men's title went to strong man Peter McDonald of Colnago-Caravello. Higgerson then escaped with team mate Troy Glennan and five other strong cyclists in the in the Criterium, and with the help of the MG XPower boys back in the bunch, the seven-man group fought out the finish. Higgerson took the win from NSWIS's Mitch Pearson, Caravello's Anthony Challinor, Dean Windsor (Bathurst), Michael Tolhurst (ACT) and NSWIS/FDJeux's Richard Moffatt.

On Sunday the in-form MG XPower rider made it a clean sweep for the weekend with his third win for the weekend after taking out the Blayney to Bathurst Classic. He won a closely contested spring to the line to complete a very successful weekend personally and race organisers.

Amanda Spratt won the 'Bathurst Subaru' womens on wheels 2 day tour after finishing second to Kate Nichols last year . Spratt sealed her win with a mighty climb on the mountain dirt section to break clear of main challengers Leonie Aisbett and Kate Nichols in the final tough road race stage.


2005 NSW Hill Climb Championship
Elite men 
1 Peter McDonald                                   
2 Joshua Marden                                    
3 John Ebeling                                     
Elite Women
1 Leonie Aisbett                                   
2 Judith May                                       
3 Jodie Martin                                     
U23 Men
1 Shaun Higgerson                                  
2 Sam Lee                                          
3 Richard Moffatt                                  
U19 Women
1 Mitch Pearson                                    
2 Luke Cridland                                    
3 Mat Pettit                                       
U19 Men
1 Amanda Spratt                                    
2 Tiffany Cromwell                                 
3 Erin Sonerson                                    
Masters Womens 4+
1 Rhonda Craigie                                   
2 Kerry Freeman                                    
3 Rosemary Hastings                                
Masters Womens 2/3 
1 Kath Riddoch                                     
2 Sarah Watts                                      
3 Anna Murray                                      
Masters 3 Men
1 Niels-henrik Laugesen                            
2 Mark Chapman                                     
3 Dennis Martin                                    
Masters 4 Men
1 Michael Stacey                                   
2 Bruce Goddard                                    
3 Mark Skribins                                    
Master 7/8 Men
1 Colin Maciver                                    
2 Evan Elliott                                     
3 Michael Sales                                    
Men's Kermesse
A Grade
1 Shaun Higgerson                                  
2 Mitch Pearson                                    
3 Anthony Challinor                                
4 Dean Windsor                                     
5 Michael Tolhurst                                 
B Grade
1 Drew Carter                                      
'Bathurst Subaru' B2B Classic
Mens A Grade
1 Shaun Higgerson                                  
2 Rob McLachlan                                    
3 Peter McDonald                                   
Mens B Grade
1 Anthony Bennett                                  
2 Dane Crawford                                    
3 John Ebling                                      
Mens C Grade
1 Charlie Gascoyne                                 
2 Jason Theobald                                   
3 Mat Wild                                         
'Bathurst Subaru' Women on Wheels Two Day Tour
Stage 1 - Time Trial Hill Climb
A Grade 
1 Amanda Spratt                                    
2 Tiffany Cromwell                                 
3 Leonie Aisbett                                   
B Grade 
1 Jodie Martin                                     
2 Laura Meisel-Dennis                              
3 Deborah Fagg                                     
C Grade 
1 Kath Riddoch                                     
2 Sarah Watts                                      
3 Anna Murray                                      
D Grade 
1 Tanya Newton                                     
2 Sarah Oakes                                      
3 Kerry Freeman                                    
Stage 2 - Criteriums
A Grade
1 Leonie Aisbett                                   
2 Amanda Spratt                                    
3 Kate Nichols                                     
4 Tiffany Cromwell                                 
5 Elizabeth Hickey                                 
B Grade
1 Kelly Fury                                       
2 Laura Miesell Dennis                             
3 Naomi Adams                                      
C Grade
1 Hannah Lee                                       
2 Jasmine Lee                                      
3 Gail Johnston                                    
D Grade
1 Jodie Nolan                                      
2 Jenny Triggs                                     
3 Tanya Newton                                     
Stage 3 - Road race
A Grade
1 Amanda Spratt                                    
2 Kate Nicholls                                    
3 Jenny Manefield                                  
4 Leonie Aisbett                                   
5 Emma Mackie                                      
B Grade
1 Jodie Martin                                     
2 Deborah Fagg                                     
3 Laura Meisel-Dennis                              
C Grade
1 Kath Riddock                                     
2 Sheridan Wicks                                   
3 Gail Johnson / Anna Murray                       
D Grade
1 Jodie Nolan                                      
2 Tanya Newtown                                    
3 Megan Web                                        
A Grade
1 Amanda Spratt                                    
2 Leonie Aisbett                                   
3 Kate Nichols                                     
B Grade
1 Jodie Martin                                     
2 Deborah Fagg                                     
3 Laura Meisel-Dennis                              
C Grade
1 Kath Riddoch                                     
2 Gail Johnson                                     
3 Sheridan Wicks                                   
D Grade
1 Tanya Newtown                                    
2 Jodie Nolan                                      
3 Jenny Triggs                                     

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