Training pays dividends for Steve

PUBLISHED: 09:40 19 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:28 24 May 2010

STAMINA-sapping mile-munching training rides throughout the cold and dark winter nights have paid dividends for Weston Wheelers' Steve Chmiewliski

STAMINA-sapping mile-munching training rides throughout the cold and dark winter nights have paid dividends for Weston Wheelers' Steve Chmiewliski.He was rewarded with his first 25mph ride in the latest Wheelers' midweek 10-mile time trial completing the course in 23.57.In far from ideal conditions, the pint-sized racer took runners-up spot to on-form Mark Ashurst who once again dominated proceedings with a 27mph ride to cross the chequered flag in 21.55.Edged into third place was Wayne Baker (23.59), who carries the Wheelers' hopes in the World Trike Championships in Asse, near Brussels in Belgium this weekend.Fourth spot went to Rich Harrision (24.47), just nine seconds ahead of Rob Heathcote (24.56), who admitted to being "race rusty" after missing races due to holidays and business commitments.New club members Matthew Dell (26.49) and Paul Davis (28.17) produced encouraging performances in their debut rides.Other Wheeler performances: S Summerhayes 25.15; M Radford 26.00; M Nicholson 26.09; P Burns 26.17; K Thorpe 26.22; M Whittingham 27.28; P Pearce 29.34.Ashurst has extended his commanding lead in the season-long midweek series to 60 points, followed by Wayne Baker (43), Steve Chmiewliski (39) and Rob Heathcote (37).There were encouraging performances by Rob Heathcote and Rich Harrison in the Clevedon and District 25-mile race on the A38 Brent course. Heathcote pedalled home in 1.02.52, with Harrison producing 1.03.57.Wayne Baker completed his world trike championship preparations with a solid 23.44 on the wind-lashed Andover course on a day when temperatures nudged 30 degrees. For further information please log on to

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