July saw the start of the UK holiday season and some particularly warm weather, both of which may have contributed to a relatively quiet showing in the club’s SOTM competition. This month’s fast segment out of Twyford only saw a total of 9 riders attempt to set a time.
In the women’s competition, Franie Ng dipped significantly below the 5-minute benchmark with a winning time of 04:32, taking the full 15 points for first place. Annie Dixey set the second fastest time of 05:07 to take 12 points and last year’s Women’s champion Vanda Kyselicova took third place and 10 points with a time of 05:50.
In the men’s competition, things mixed themselves up a bit this month. Martin Evans took the win and first place with a quick time of 04:12. A small gap separated Dave Morris who landed second place with 04:15. Dan Mahony nabbed third with 04:16, pipping Michael Wise by the tightest of margins, who sat in fourth with 04:17.
In the Women’s GC competition, Annie Dixey’s lead has been trimmed a little as she sits top of the table on 108 points, ahead of Franie Ng in second position on 96 points. Vanda Kyselicova remains in third place, on 82 points.
In the Men’s GC competition, Dave Morris, holds a small lead, sitting atop the table on 86 points. Michael Wise is close behind on 80 points, with Matt Gilmour still in third position on 53 points. No doubt the competition in the Men’s category have been somewhat relieved that Matt has been otherwise engaged on (including international) racing duties over the last few weeks! Things are very close in the Men’s competition in the next few places in GC, with the subsequent 5 places separated by only 9 points.
Congratulations for June to Martin and Franie whose wins have earned both of them the complimentary hot drink and cake from the South Downs Social café.
With three full months left to run in this year’s competition, there is all to play for and any number of competitors can mathematically still win the overall GC competition or place highly.
August’s segment sees us return to the perennial favourite of Old Winch Hill, this time taking a different route up to the summit ridge, via the challenging hill from Teglease Copse. Click the link here to take a look at August’s segment: https://www.strava.com/segments/32419449