July 2021 SoTM Results and Overall GC Positions
July’s segment over the popular Rodfield Lane climb saw some fantastic competition for places. The weather this last month was decidedly mixed and for the most part unfavourable for cycling this particular route in terms of wind direction. These changeable conditions led to multiple attempts by many of the top placed riders in the competition, with the virtual lead changing hands a few times over the course of the month.
In the women’s competition, Joanne Clarke impressively took another first spot and the maximum 15 points, with a scorching time of 03:59. Vanda Kyselicova claimed the 12 points on offer for second place, with a time of 06:08 and newcomer Marianne Durell was close on her heels in third place with a time of 06:13.
As a result, Joanne Clarke strengthens her hold on first place in the Women’s GC table with a commanding lead and 72 points overall. Vanda Kyselicova has solidified her claim for the second position with 48 points, putting some further distance between herself and Jools May who still holds third spot on 30 points.
In the men’s competition, last year’s champion Ben Gibbs yet again took first place, with a blistering time of 03:25. Things could hardly have been any closer this month, with James Cocker in second place, posting an equally impressive time of 03:30. Aaron Cooper took a super-close third place with a time of 03:33. James Locke and Martin Evans narrowly missed out on podium honours with times of 03:35 and 03:39 respectively.
In the Men’s GC competition Ben Gibbs and James Cocker are now beginning to pull away from the rest of the field, with 99 and 93 points respectively. Nick Barber is in third place on 68 points, a little ahead of the best of rest which includes Christopher Purver on 52 points, Martin Evans on 43 points and James Locke on 39 points.
Three months remain, with plenty of points still available, for competitors to make a decisive move in either solidifying their current position or seeking to leapfrog their fellow riders for a top spot.
August sees us move a little South, for a segment that will perhaps better suit a Rouleur or Puncheur style rider. Click the link here to take a look at August’s segment:
Results for July Segment Challenge
Current GC Rankings