Verdegaal claims her first Milton Keynes victory

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Boston Wheelers’ Maddy Verdegaal has claimed her first victory in the Milton Keynes Circuit Races.

She claimed the honour last Wednesday, after some tactical riding in the category 2-3-4 race.

With five laps to go she bravely attacked the group and gained about half a lap’s gap.

With two laps remaining, Maddy (pictured) looked over her shoulder and saw one team of riders all lined out beginning a chase.

She decided to hold back and let them catch her then, rather than risk them catching her on the finishing straight and leaving her unable to contest the sprint.

The plan worked well, as she got into the perfect position for the sprint, and took the win.

Maddy also claimed sixth place at the recent Doncaster Criterium event.

Competing in the category 2-3-4 section, she began swiftly on the tight course with tight corners, but four laps in, while negotiating lapped riders, she missed an attack by eventual winner Henrietta Colborne, who went on to lap all the riders.

Closing in on the sprint for second, Maddy lost quite a few places on the final corner and had to settle for sixth.

The latest Witham Wheelers Fulbeck League Race saw young Boston Wheelers in action over a circuit of one, two and three laps.

In the under eights, Louis Self raced hard and won gold with a first-place finish and two seconds.

Thomas Smith, Connor Wilkinson and Jael Maw competed in the under 10s.

Connor claimed seventh place in the handicap race while Jael once again showed her pedigree with a first in the handicap girls event.

Thomas used his big sprint to full effect, securing three second places and the silver medal.

Sam Hollis was very pleased and improved on the first week in the under 14/16 group.

He finished first in the one-lap race and first in the two-lap race, but came third over three laps due to a gear crunch.

He finished second in the handicap, which helped him achieve a gold medal.

Four-year-old Jake Maw was racing for the first time around the track and he competed in all lap and handicap races.

He was presented with a polka dot jersey for his efforts.