2024 brings us the tenth edition of our VCV Segment of The Month (SoTM) competition.

We've updated our competition for 2024 and there are now two categories for you to select your entry from:

OPEN category – for all club members (men’s and women’s competitions)
SENIOR category – for all men’s competition riders aged over 40 as 01 January 2024  

The Strava club from the previous year’s competition has been renamed, so please use the links below for the relevant category you wish to enter:


As a reminder, please check out the full rules of the competition via the following link:


We begin our 2024 competition with a bang, as January’s segment consists of a leg burning sprint climb out of King’s Somborne, last used in the competition in 2021.

At just under a third of a mile in length with an average gradient of 9% this segment will give competitors an early season indication of their top-end fitness.

The segment begins at the bottom of Cow Drove Hill, 25 yards from the main A3057 that runs through King’s Somborne village and is marked by the road sign on the left of the lane that identifies “OLD FROMANS FARM”.

The initial slight right-hand curve that passes between the houses at the bottom of the hill, gives way to an arrow straight climb. The gradient ramps up immediately to around 13% and then continues to fluctuate between 8% and 11% for the remaining section of road ahead.

Things ease a little as you pass How Park lane on your left, whilst the road curves gently to the left. The run-in levels off and you’ll need to sprint for the crest of the hill that marks the finish line.

Take care with your approach from the main A3057, ensuring you don’t either cross oncoming traffic or encounter any cars that may appear at the last minute as they round the small curve in the road at the bottom of the hill.

Please remember to obey the rules of the road and remain vigilant for oncoming traffic when attempting to set a time on this segment. Also, please consider the safe and prudent use of front and rear lights where sensibly appropriate. The link to the segment is here: 


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