Cool 10-mile victory for Sandy

PUBLISHED: 11:07 31 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 24 May 2010

TOR 2000s Greg Sandy shrugged off sweltering conditions to produce a cool and clinical victory in the Weston Wheelers' open 10-mile race at Cross

TOR 2000s Greg Sandy shrugged off sweltering conditions to produce a cool and clinical victory in the Weston Wheelers' open 10-mile race at Cross.He produced a near 28mph ride to cross the finish in 21.35, giving him an 18-second winning margin.Just 24 hours earlier the area was wilting under temperatures of around 32 degrees and riders feared further sky-high temperatures or the threat of thunderstorms. Remarkably temperatures dropped and the stifling heat was replaced with a stiff south westerly wind which was to wipe out prospects of fast times.But it did not deter the Glastonbury club's Sandy who shrugged aside the difficult windy conditions to take victory. North Somerset RC's Andy Winterbottom (21.53) finished second, while Mike Simmons (Clevedon and District) finished third with 22.52. Winterbottom took the fastest vet prize with Arja Scarsbrook, of the Midland-based www.echelon-cycles.co.uk team winning the women's prize.Fastest of the promoting club's four competitors was current man-in-form Steve Chmiewliski, whose 24.10 earned him 10th place. Just 26 seconds adrift was Wayne Baker, with Rich Harrison (24.50) and Rob Heathcote (25.02) the other Wheelers competitors.Wheelers' three-wheel expert Wayne Baker recovered from his lack-lustre showing in the world championship in Belgium last month to claim his first trike victory of the season when he won the 10-mile race promoted by the Tricycle Association South West on the A38 in Gloucestershire.Baker won an exciting tussle with Severn RC's John Thompson, 2005 world bronze medallist, to take victory with more than 10 seconds advantage.Club members Paul Burns and Nick Williams scaled new heights in their cycling careers when they took a short trip to watch the world's most famous cycle race, the Tour de France. Their short trip included scaling some of the tour's legendary climbs, included Alpe d'Huez, Col d' Tauralet and the Col d' Galibier. The 65-minute ascent of the Alpe involved rounding the famous 21 bends of the Alpine climb and an exhilarating 52mph descent.For further information visit the club's website www.westonwheelers.co.uk

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