Davies and Six cap perfect series as Verulam clinch Bovingdon crown in style

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 August 2018

Clay Davies takes the win at the Bovingdon Bomber for Verulam Reallymoving. Picture: Judith Parry Photography

Clay Davies takes the win at the Bovingdon Bomber for Verulam Reallymoving. Picture: Judith Parry Photography

Judith Parry Photography

Verulam Reallymoving came out on top as the Bovingdon Bomber race series reached its climax.

Verulam Reallymoving celebrate the series win at the Bovingdon Bomber. Picture: Judith Parry PhotographyVerulam Reallymoving celebrate the series win at the Bovingdon Bomber. Picture: Judith Parry Photography

Hosted by Hemel Hempstead Cycling Club and held at Bovingdon Airfield, the series of races has once again proved hugely popular and produced a very high level of racing.

From the very start of the season it was a high priority for Verulam and the St Albans-based squad delivered the goods.

Andy Whale and Paul McGrath work hard to give Clay Davies the win at the Bovingdon Bomber for Verulam Reallymoving. Picture: Judith Parry PhotographyAndy Whale and Paul McGrath work hard to give Clay Davies the win at the Bovingdon Bomber for Verulam Reallymoving. Picture: Judith Parry Photography

Clay Davies took the race win in the final round while Marcel Six’s second place was good enough to clinch the series win and the title of King of the Bomber.

In total the team won four of the six category 2/3 rounds and topped the overall rankings.

Verulam Reallymoving's James Hedley-Smith makes an early break at the Bovingdon Bomber. Picture: Judith Parry PhotographyVerulam Reallymoving's James Hedley-Smith makes an early break at the Bovingdon Bomber. Picture: Judith Parry Photography

Directeur sportif Six said: “The team showed real strength and with five riders finishing in the overall top 10 we showed the dominance in that last race of the series.

“As the manager I could not have asked for better commitment and results.”

Clay Davies takes the win at the Bovingdon Bomber for Verulam Reallymoving. Picture: Judith Parry PhotographyClay Davies takes the win at the Bovingdon Bomber for Verulam Reallymoving. Picture: Judith Parry Photography

The final race saw Verulam well represented and constantly on the attack.

James Hedley-Smith and Paul McGrath were the first of the pink shirts on the move but they were brought back in, although Hedley-Smith managed to stay clear on his own for five laps.

However, it was with 10 laps to go that Davies found himself in the winning move.

He said: “I entered the last lap in first place which wasn’t ideal but as the only sprinter in the group it wasn’t a major concern.

“And on the last sweeping corner, I put the hammer down, dropping the other riders, taking the win with a number of bike lengths to spare.”

At the same time Six had powered a cross the gap and caught the rest of the escapees by surprise to take second.

Davies then continued his good form with a victory at the Crits in the Park event at Gravesend.

He said: “We knew it was going to be tough race when there were two other strong teams with at least three riders.

“It became clear within a lap that this was going to be a hard race.”

Davies and Six had bridged the gap to a break and it was this escape that contested the finish.

Paul McGrath sacrificed himself to lead out Davies who, like in Bovingdon, jumped clear with ease to win by two bike lengths.

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