Wheelers in action

WESTON Wheelers competed in the first Somerset RC 10-mile TT of a three-race series.

WESTON Wheelers competed in the first Somerset RC 10-mile TT of a three-race series. Mike and Geraldine Broadley, Steve Chmiewliski, Mike Dix, Rob Heathcote and Peter Rogers were down to ride but Mike Broadley opted not to ride due to still suffering with a cold. The outward leg was fairly tough into a head wind, which should have meant a tail wind for the return home. This was not the case as the wind changed directions and turned into a cross wind in places. First man home in 19th place and celebrating his 50th birthday was Rob Heatchote with a time of 23:51. Next back in 23rd place was Steve Chmiewliski with a 24:16, closely followed by Mike Dix in 30th position with a time of 24:48. Peter Rogers returned home in 46th place in a time of 29:30 and Geraldine came home in 49th place in a time of 35:22. Tom Hann and Steve Chmiewliski entered the fourth Cats race at Thruxton Park. They were to be joined by Paul Baker, but due to flu stayed in bed. The fourth Cat riders had the best weather of the day, sunshine with a dry track, but a stiff head wind on the back straight which brought speeds down to 13mph in places. Over the 10 laps of the circuit the large 60-rider group was whittled down due to the blustery conditions around the circuit, but both Tom and Steve were comfortable in the front group and keeping out of trouble. On the last lap Steve was forced to the outside of the group and straight into the wind, luckily Tom worked his way up on the inside of the group and managed to contest the sprint securing third place and seven points towards his third cat license. Steve managed to finish in the top 20 yet again. Next week the riders travel to Ilton to compete in the first Chard Wheelers Spring Circuits.

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