Stephen's Cheddar cycle challenge

A CYCLIST who took part in an event in Cheddar says he is thrilled with his time. Stephen Chmiewliski took part in the ATTC National Hill Climb on Sunday and did a gruelling cycle up Cheddar Gorge.

A CYCLIST who took part in an event in Cheddar says he is thrilled with his time.

Stephen Chmiewliski took part in the ATTC National Hill Climb on Sunday and did a gruelling cycle up Cheddar Gorge.

Stephen, aged 36, was riding for Weston Wheelers with his team mate Matt Dell from Burnham.

The Weston rider, who lives in Somerset Mews, says he is really pleased with his time of 8min 27secs which he achieved despite the weather conditions.


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The father-of-two said: "The weather was pretty dire. We had torrential rains and the wind really picked up.

"Cycling up hill was pretty gruelling but during the final stretch winds really hit you. After a lot of effort in the first few bends, the last leg seemed really difficult."

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The cycling event was held in the gorge, starting outside Gough's Cave. Cyclists then had to cycle up the road for 2.1miles in a time trial.

Stephen said: "I finished 65th, which I was really pleased with to say there were 140 people taking part.

"I didn't have any elusions about coming first or anything, but I was really pleased with my result and I think I beat quite a few other local riders."

Cyclists from across the country took part in the Somerset event. First place went to Bath rider James Dobbin who rode for Artic Shorter Rochford Racing Team and completed the course in 6min 51secs.

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