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Heffron Park, February 11, 2003

Jeff Hopkins takes control

By John Sunde/Cyclingnews correspondent

Steve Fitzpatrick leads
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It was a sprint battle between 2 NSW track stars which decided the outcome of Round 6 of the Trek Bikes Summer Criterium series at Heffron Park, with US based Jittery Joe's rider, Jeff Hopkins outclassing St George rider Steve Fitzpatrick. Filling in the minor placings was, '30 something' and recently engaged Nathan Russell, followed in by local King, Anthony Spurgeon who grabbed a valuable 2 points to go clear in the Series and Stewart 'Computer' Campbell.

Another large turnout of riders in all grades on a hot and as usual, windy evening in an almost identical replay of last weeks race which saw C grade hanging onto till the bell lap before being swamped by the fast finishing A grade train. Once again, B grade got off to another disorganised start and now seem quite happy to wait for A grade to decide their fate when they get caught as early as the 8th of the 15 lap race.

Katie Brown taking after big brother
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Not so in C grade which seem to be spurred on by a mixture of young riders, wily veterans and elite women riders. This week, they almost made it (maybe next week Frank), but were reigned in at the bell by some big turns from Stewart Campbell and Stuart Dangerfield. After clawing their way through the C grade bunch, the sprinters hit the front and lined up for a good old fashioned, length of the straight gallop, with Jeff Hopkins who looked comfortable all night, winning in convincing style. Although out of a podium finish, King Spurge continued his consistent performance of placing every week in the Series to go 2 points clear from co leader Mark Renshaw who is out of town this week.

Robbie Cater and Chris Jenkins continued to battle for the A/B grade sprint points by going even further ahead in the Sprint King competition. Robbie Cater backed up another good ride by finishing with A grade and winning the 1st B grade prize. Craig Dempsey continued his domination of the C grade competition and picked up his 5th win in 6 rounds to put daylight between him and the rest of the C grade field.

At the halfway point of the series, the race for the Trek 5500 US Postal team frame is still open, although if King Spurge continues to place consistently over the coming weeks, he may have already ordered his wheels and groupset....

Racing continues at Heffron on Saturday afternoon's with the Randwick Botany club races which get underway at 2.30pm. Details at


1. Jeff Hopkins (Jittery Joes/Bankstown)
2. Steve Fitzpatrick (St George)
3. Nathan Russell (Giant/Norths)
4. Anthony Spurgeon (Caravello)
5. Stewart Campbell (Easts)

1st B Grade

Robbie Cater (Randwick Botany)

1st C Grade

Craig Dempsey (Easts)

Trek Bikes Poinstcore 
1 Anthony Spurgeon A            16 
2 Mark Renshaw A                14 
3 Stewart Campbell A            13 
4 Steve Fitzpatrick A           11 
5 Jeff Hopkins A                 9 
6 Stuart Dangerfield A           7 
6 Robert Cater B                 7 
6 Liam Kelly A                   7 
7 Matt White A                   4 
7 Steve Wooldridge A             4 
7 Dave Stewart A                 4 
8 Nathan Russell A               3 
9 Graeme Moffet A                2 
10 Jose Rodriguez A              1 
A/B Grade Sprint King   
1 Robert Cater B                61 
2 Chris Jenkins B               45 
3 Patrick Jones B               18 
4 Anthony Spurgeon A            15 
5 Stuart Dangerfield A          11 
5 Stewart Campbell A            11 
6 Mark Renshaw A                10 
7 Steve Fitzpatrick A            7 
8 Jeff Hopkins A                 6 
9 Liam Kelly A                   5 
9 Troy Glennan A                 5 
10 John Kenny B                  4 
11 Paul Rowney A                 3 
11 Matt White A                  3 
11 Steve Wooldridge A            3 
11 Dave Watkinson B              3 
12 Will Gray B                   2 
13 Steve Williams A              1 
13 Dave Stewart A                1 
13 Nathan Russell A              1 

C Grade Poinstcore 
1 Craig Dempsey                 25 
2 Dave Jackson                  10 
3 Roger Shackleton               6 
4 Chris Young                    5 
5 Frank Fortuna                  4 
6 Stefan Borunivic               1 
6 Tim Rice                       1 
6 Katie Brown                    1 
6 Luke Picton                    1 

Australian results from the past week

Randwick Botany CC
Carnegie Caulfield CC (Jan 26)
Murwillumbah CC Tyalgum Cup
Illawarra CC Tour de Huntley
Trek Bikes Summer Series #3
Carnegie Caulfield (Jan 21)
Carnegie Caulfield (Jan 28)
Oaks Road Twilight race
Trek Summer Series #4
Canberra CC Crit Series #12
Mersey Valley - Devonport CC


Complete Australian results for 2003