Nugent’s delight as Verulam Really Moving man picks up win number one for club

Jamie Maxen of Verulam ReallyMoving Racing Team leads a Welwyn Wheelers' duo at the Welwyn Track Lea

Jamie Maxen of Verulam ReallyMoving Racing Team leads a Welwyn Wheelers' duo at the Welwyn Track League. Picture: STRAFFORD WATSON - Credit: Archant

Gary Nugent was a delighted man as he deilvered his first win for Verulam Reallymoving racing team.

He was racing as a category four rider in the Northants Cycle Racing Association race at Rockingham.

He said: “It’s a fast circuit; we were averaging 25.5mph in the race. A few people trying to go away but nothing stuck.

“At three laps to go we pulled a break of two guys back then it slowed a bit, I got to the final bend, kicked and got away to win the sprint.”

Jared Millar was second in the Dave Griffiths Memorial LVRC race on Sunday.

He explained that he had work extremely hard to get the points.

“I got into a five-man break and pulled out a gap of close to two minutes,” he said. “But was closed down by the pack on lap eight of 12.

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“I managed to hang with the lead bunch and stick with the attacks and was well positioned at the finish, but with legs that had worked a lot harder than everyone else, I wasn’t able to challenge for a better position.”

On the velodrome at Welwyn Michael Parry came second in three races; the 10-mile scratch, Senior A scratch and 12-lap points races.

In the youths, Jamie Maxen won the Hare & Hounds race and was second in the eight-lap point race.

Parry had previously competed in the prestigious Monmouthshire Junior Grand Prix.

And against some of the best junior riders in the country, he almost picked up a breakaway success.

This race series has seen the likes of Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas, Luke Rowe and Owain Doull as well as Team Wiggins’ Scott Davies compete, before breaking through to the elite ranks.

The hilly 75-mile race has over 6,000ft of climbing and was centred around Grosmont near Abergavenny in Wales.

Parry made numerous attacks and for much of the race was in breakaway groups off the front of the peloton.

He was finally caught on the final lap but still managed to finish in 13th place.

Marcel Six, Verulam Reallymoving’s directeur sportif, described it as “a fantastic ride against a very strong national-level field”.