Thrilling finale to championship

PUBLISHED: 08:44 04 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:48 24 May 2010

STEVE Chmiewliski scored his second win to set up a thrilling finale to the Weston Wheelers 10-mile midweek championship. He averaged just under 26mph to overcome tough conditions on the outward leg to finish the test in 23.20. With season-long leader Mar

STEVE Chmiewliski scored his second win to set up a thrilling finale to the Weston Wheelers 10-mile midweek championship.He averaged just under 26mph to overcome tough conditions on the outward leg to finish the test in 23.20.With season-long leader Mark Ashurst a non-starter, Chmiewliski has pulled to within 11 points, with two counting events remaining.Rich Harrison's fine end-of-season form continued as he finished in 23.49 with Rob Heathcote just failing to break the 25mph barrier with 24.03. Harrison's ride confirmed his third place in the midweek championship with 99 points, which cannot be challenged.Rob Heathcote (74) and Chris Gould (69) have leapfrogged over Wayne Baker (67), who has hung up his wheels for the season to take fourth and fifth places respectively in the championship.Other Wheelers' finishers: C Ashurst 24:13; C Gough 24:15; M Dell 24:19; P Burns 25:20; K Thorpe 25:48; J Eddy 27:10; P Pearce 27:35; P Davis 28:09; P Heathcote 31:38.Time keeping and pushing-off duties were performed by Neil Hudghton and Paul Baker.Two Weston Wheelers riders successfully completed the stamina-sapping Bike Wales event. Steve Chmiewliski and Paul Baker competed the 100-mile gold event, with Chmiewliski narrowly missing out on a top 10 place. Starting from Abergavenny at about 9am, the pace quickly whipped up to 27mph as a breakaway group of 27 rode away from the main bunch. From this a dozen riders, including elite and first category riders, led 35 miles. Included in this group was Wheeler's Chmiewliski. Working together, the group covered the first loop of just over 50 miles in around 2 hours 15minutes. The Tumble climb saw the Weston rider lose contact over the four-mile climb as drizzle and mist closed in. He recovered on the descent to finish in an impressive 5.07.40 for a superb 11th place. Team mate Baker finished in 5.22.32 for 25th place.

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