Quick-thinking tactic change brings more success for Verulam ReallyMoving

Marcel Six takes the win in stage two of the Team Milton Keynes Two-Day. Picture: PAUL HAIGH

Marcel Six takes the win in stage two of the Team Milton Keynes Two-Day. Picture: PAUL HAIGH - Credit: Archant

Quick thinking and a change of tactics mid-race led to another superb win for Verulam Reallymoving racing team.

The team were taking part in the Team Milton Keynes Two-Day Stage Race.

The competition consisted of three stages: a two-mile time-trial, a one-hour criterium and a 55-mile road race.

And following the time-trial Verulam had Clay Davies sitting in third place in the general classification (GC).

The plan therefore was to control the 70 plus riders in the field, countering any attacks and keeping the field together on the MK Bowl circuit, saving Davies as much energy as possible for the road race, his speciality event.

And it was working perfectly until a nail ripped through Davies’s trye and rim after 15 minutes, ending his GC hopes.

Fortunately team manager Six was riding the event and he decided to change tactics and go for stage glory instead.

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He said: “We came in to the last lap of the race; a very chaotic last lap where everyone wanted to win and it looked like crashes were only a matter of time.

“For that reason I decided to open up the sprint early and, thanks to the team’s work, I was fresh enough to hang on for the win.”

That win came on Saturday and the success continued the following day.

The men’s road race was followed by the Women’s category two, three and four race.

This saw the women complete three laps and 45 miles of the circuit.

The race got off to a furious start with several technical corners and a poor road surface causing the field to split quite early on.

However, Karine Jones and Liz McKie stayed with the lead group throughout the race.

The front group slowed dramatically in the last couple of miles in anticipation of a sprint finish, causing the field to bunch and leading to what was in the end a messy sprint.

Jones finished a commendable seventh in her first road race with McKie finishing just behind in the bunch.

Six added: “Overall it was a great performance by the men’s and women’s team this weekend, and another win for the team”

The weekend’s results puts Verulam second in the British Cycling Regional Standings, impressive in their debut season.