Saunders grabs debut win as Verulam establishes itself as ‘major player on UK scene’

Verulam ReallyMoving Racing Team's Jamie Maxen and Alxander Saunders at the Welwyn Track League.

Verulam ReallyMoving Racing Team's Jamie Maxen and Alxander Saunders at the Welwyn Track League. - Credit: Archant

Alexander Saunders became the latest youngster to don the Verulam ReallyMoving Racing Team kit – and promptly delivered with a debut victory.

The U16 rider was racing at the Welwyn Friday Track League at Gosling Velodrome in one of the youth races.

At the same meeting, team mates Tom Martin and Jamie Maxen delivered second and third in their respective events.

Michael Parry took a clean sweep of four wins in four races on the track, including the senior 10-mile scratch race.

In what was a busy week for Parry, he followed that up with a top-20 placing at the Bath RC junior road race and felt that could have been higher had it not been for a problem on the run-in to the finish.

He also managed a second at this week’s round of the Bovingdon Bomber Criterium, with Clay Davies (third), James Hedley-Smith (fifth) and Andy Whale (sixth) cementing the team’s strong showing.

Whale came third in the Duncan Murray Wines Welland Valley CC category three/four race on the popular but tough Naseby circuit in Northamptonshire.

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That result gained Whale enough points to be promoted to second cat and there was another promotion in the club as Gary Nugent’s fourth at the MK Bowl took him to cat three.

In the LVRC National Circuit Championships on Saturday Jared Millar was the third placed ‘A’ category rider and Marcel Six won at Gravesend Cyclopark.

Paul McGrath picked up an excellent third place in the Newton Longville Festival of Cycling National B Elite/1/2 race on Sunday in a result that directeur sportif Six said firmly establishes Verulam ReallyMoving “as a major player on the UK cycle racing scene”.

McGrath said: “James Hedley-Smith and I took on a field which was top heavy with representation from elite squads.

“It was full gas from the off with all the squads trying to get numbers in the break but after an hour I found myself off the front with a rider from KTM and developed a gap.

“Before long our two-man break had swelled to around 16. With about 2km to go a rider from Saint Piran attacked.

“He held on to win by six seconds but I duked it out for the other podium places and was just pipped for second on the line.”