Grenfell completes season with win in Joseph Sunde Memorial
Phil Grenfell (GPM/Wilson Racing) celebrated Australia Day in style by winning the 19th edition of the Joseph Sunde Memorial Criterium, his last race on home soil before heading to the USA to join Pro continental squad Competitive Cyclist Racing for the 2012 season. The 22 year old renowned sprinter from Taree enjoyed considerable success on the NRS calendar last year and his win in one of Sydney’s premier criteriums is a great result for the GPM/Wilson Racing squad with team manager Trent Wilson also winning the race in 2008.
Sydney’s unpredictable summer weather meant the race encountered rain for the first time in 19 years resulting in smaller numbers but the 30 elite riders still maintained a high calibre of racing despite the conditions. An early casualty of the slippery conditions was in form Luke Davison (Budget Forklifts) who had difficulty cornering on his dry weather tyres. This left a nine rider break of Grenfell, Matt Fleming, Andrew Crawley, Richard Lang, Stewart Campbell, Alex Malone, Alex Wong, Jose Rodriguez and Brad Mills who easily set about establishing a race winning move, despite a concerted efforted by Troy Gleenan and Julian Hamill.
Another rider hoping to finish his Australian summer on a race winning high was Richard Lang (Rapha Condor) who leaves next week for the UK. Lang has been in sublime form lately and had targeted today’s event however an untimely puncture just on 3 laps to go and a wheel change with only a 14 tooth lowest cog effectively ruined his chances of a strong sprint. Grenfell made no mistake of the sprint after some fine lead out work from GPM team mates Crawley and Wong. The remainder of the podium was filled with 40something riders Stewart Campbell, Brad Mills and Jose Rodriguez who all displayed real grit and strength in the tough conditions.
The Joseph Sunde Memorial Criterium is dedicated to Joseph Sunde who lost his brave fight against leukemia in 1993 when he was 4 years old. The event has been won by an elite list of both Australian and international riders over the years and is conducted by Eastern Suburbs Cycling Club who once again conducted a great days racing.
Anthony Spurgeon (Snr) Memorial Handicap
Also celebrated on Australia Day was the Anthony Spurgeon (Snr) Memorial event in memory of long time Eastern Suburbs supporter and father of Anthony Spurgeon who was on the start line to compete in the 15 lap handicap conducted on the same format as the popular Tuesday night series.
Despite the slippery conditions, the rain held off and over 50 riders lined up in three grades with 27 riders in B grade off the scratch mark boasting the biggest numbers. With the strongest field B grade were able to round up a hard working C grade and reaminder of D grade on the last lap and prepare for a thrilling sprint which was convincingly won by Patrick Sharpe. Unfortunately for Sharpe the results were overturned when the Commissaire ruled that the wheel change and lap out Sharpe had taken wasn’t for a genuine puncture. It was a tough lesson for the junior rider who will undoubtedly enjoy many more race wins in the future.
Wily veteran Roland Lang who had the benefit of a relatively easier ride in C grade moved up a place to take the 2012 Anthony Spurgeon Trophy with another wily veteran from C grade awarded 2nd place. The rest of the podium was B grade riders Ian Gardiner, Peter O’Connor and David Walsh.
(2012) - Joseph Sunde Memorial Criterium
2012 Joseph Sunde Memorial Criterium
1. Phil Grenfell (GPM/Wilson Racing)
2. Richard Lang (Rapha Condor)
3. Stewart Campbell (Bicicsport)
4. Brad Mills (Nth Sydney)
5. Jose Rodriguez (Nth Sydney)
Anthony Spurgeon (Snr) Memorial Handicap
1. Roland Lang (Lidcombe Auburn)
2. Mark Ardiuon (Easts)
3. Ian Gardiner (Easts)
4. Peter O’Connor (Easts)
5. David Walsh (Randwick Botany)
1. Luke Cruickshank (Easts)
2. Sam Ironmonger (Easts)
3. Chris Hamill (Easts)
|1994||Andrew McGee||Parramatta||Tim Francis||Easts||Dick Conway||Easts|
|1996||Christain Back||Penrith||Tom Mulligan||Randwick Botany||Gary Bennet||Penrith|
|1997||Anthony Spurgeon||Caravello||D MacKay||Randwick Botany||Gary Burgett||Penrith|
|1998||Matt White||Amore Vita||Arthur Driver||Penrith||Robert Upton||Harlequin|
|1999||Brent Dawson||Dubbo||Andrew Hoang||Easts||Laurence Vignes||Bici Sport|
|2000||Stuart Dangerfield||England||Steve Newman||Easts||Tony Iannacito||Harlequin|
|2001||Jens Mouris||Holland||Steve Newman||Easts||Robert Upton||Harlequin|
|2002||Jeff Hopkins||Bankstown||Steve Newman||Easts||Liam Kelly||Easts|
|2003||Graeme Moffett||Clarence St||Will Gray||Randwick Botany||Laurence Vignes||Parramatta|
|2004||Troy Glennan||St George||Charlie Topfer||Lidcombe Auburn||Charlie Topfer||Lidcombe|
|2005||Chris Sutton||St George/NSWIS||Tom Reid||Easts||Scott Callum||Easts|
|2006||Jeff Hopkins||Jittery Joe’s||Stuart Harrington||Bicisport||John Kenny||Easts|
|2007||Shaun Higgerson||South Australia.com/AIS||Tim Kerle||Peloton||Stewart Campbell||Easts|
|2008||Trent Wilson||Jittery Joe’s||Steve Walton||Parramatta||John Sunde||St George|
|2009||Robert Cater||Randwick Botany||Alex Frame||Sutherland|
|2010||Dave Early||Easts||Stewart Campbell||Easts|
|2011||Liam Kelly||Caravello||Andrew Pham||Easts|
|2012||Phil Grenfell||GPM/Wilson Racing||Roland Lang||Randwick Botany|