Smith ends Taylor’s winning streak in Boston Wheelers’ 10-mile TT League

Jael Maw and Thomas Smith.
Jael Maw and Thomas Smith.

Darren Smith took advantage of Earl Taylor’s puncture last Tuesday evening as he won round four of the Boston Wheelers’ 10-mile TT League.

He saw off rival Martin White by a slender 12 seconds, ending Taylor’s three-round winning streak.

Meanwhile Maddy Verdegaal continues to lead the way in the ladies’ tussle, clocking another personal best time.

Results: Darren Smith 23-20, Martin White 23-32, Dan Carr 23-59, Charlie Porter 24-38, Nick Millward 24-50, Mick Huskisson 25-01, Nick Chapman 25-07, Maddy Verdegaal 25-28 (1st lady), Simon Plaice 25-37, Neil Coles 25-57, Pete Flint 26-21, Julie Ellis 26-46 (2nd lady), Paul Winrow 28-09, Stuart Crunckorn 28-42, Richard Cripps 29-27, Sam Trotter 31-54 (PB, youth)

Smith raced at the Shaftesbury Middle Markers 25-mile TT on Saturday, where he clocked a time of 57 mins 21 secs, his fastest ride at the distance by a long way.

Back on the road, Maddy Verdegaal raced on Saturday in the Women’s Category 2/3/4 at Darley Moor, showing why she on the British Cycling Olympic Development squad with a fine second place.

The Junior Green Team continued to show why they will be force to be dealt with in the future.

Thomas Smith and Jael Maw moved up a step in competition on Sunday, competing in their first East Midlands Championships on a fast, hard course at Mallory Park.

Both represented Boston Wheelers in the under eights, with Jael finishing as second-placed girl in her first year competing.

Thomas finished in fifth.

Young riders can join take be coached each Saturday at the Princess Royal Sports Arena, from 10.30am