April’s segment into Alresford saw a bumper level of participation in our segment of the month competition, with 23 riders setting times that they hoped would get them valuable mid-season GC points.

In the women’s competition, 7 riders took part this month, which is something of a record in recent years. Franie Ng took first place with a quick time of 1:21 and Isla Hoult claimed the runner up spot with an equally fast time of 1:27. Third place went to Annie Dixey who closed out the podium with a time of 01:43. Special mention to fourth placed Kate Stoddard who was only one second behind Annie with a time of 01:44.

In the women’s GC table, Franie Ng extends her lead, remaining top of the table on 57 points. Annie Dixey is still close behind in second place on 49 points, with Vanda Kyselicova remaining in third position on 24 points. Fran Benoist-Eatwell holds on to fourth place with 17 points.

In the men’s competition, 16 riders took their chances on the slopes of Jacklyns Lane climb. Yet again, in fact for the fourth consecutive month, Oscar Hoult triumphed, setting a KoM matching time of 1:05. Jim Cascarini was some way behind Oscar, taking second place with a time of 01:26. In third place, with a time of 1:31 was new competitor Oscar Lawrence. Martin Evans just missed out on the podium, holding onto fourth position with a close time of 01:32.

The men’s GC table is now being dominated by Oscar Hoult, who has created clear distance between himself and the rest of the pack, holding first place and a maximum possible score of 60 points. Jim Cascarini maintains a consistent showing and holds second position with a points-tally of 41. Christopher Purver closes out the men’s GC table podium in third spot, with 23 points.

Many congratulations once again to Franie and Oscar who both win a free hot drink and slice of cake from South Downs Social café who continue to kindly support and sponsor our club’s annual segment of the month competition.

May’s segment is the TT challenge for this year’s competition. A in previous years, TT bikes or Tri-bar extensions are prohibited, to make sure all riders stand an equal chance of competing on a level playing field. The route takes riders Westbound (the wrong way for the Winter chain-gang) along Poles Lane which is South of Winchester, on a slight false flat. Can anyone challenge Franie and Oscar’s dominance this month?

Click the link here to take a look at May’s segment: https://www.strava.com/segments/34213684

Results and position for April segment challenge and current GC ranking

Men’s April results

Women’s April results

Men's GC position

Women's GC position

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