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

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