With June presenting the Queen Stage of this year’s competition, alongside some wonderfully warm and dry weather, it was no surprise to see a bumper number of riders look to earn some of the double-points on offer on the slopes of Old Winch hill.
In the women’s competition, we’ve seen the best month of participation in a very long time, with 7 riders looking to jostle for position on the leader board.
Annie Dixey was triumphant with a time of 16:13, chased up by Isla Hoult in second place with a time of 17:26 and Franie Ng capping off the podium with a third-place time of 18:01. The double points on offer for this month’s Queen stage means these riders picked up 30, 24 and 20 points respectively for their efforts over this tough 4.5-mile segment.
These results have made a remarkable change to the women’s GC table. Both Franie and Annie now sit joint first place on 89 points, showing how close this year’s competition has been. Isla Hoult is in third place on 51 points and Vanda Kyselicova is in fourth on 34 points.
In the men’s competition, Ben Gibb’s previous best VCV SoTM competition time of 13:13 set back in June 2020 remained intact. First place went jointly to Oscar Hoult and Matt Gilmour who set an identical time of 13:28. Jim Cascarini took third place and the 20 points on offer with a time of 14:45.
A few riders’ times were not counted for the men’s competition, due to very close or identical times being set during a club group ride that passed over the segment on 11 June. Additionally, a post results correction was necessary due to some riders who had previously registered in the VCV SoTM Strava club having ridden over the segment but no longer being paid up VCV members.
This means that Oscar Hoult has had his solo consecutive record of back to back segment wins broken, with Matt Gilmour matching his time this month. The men’s GC table continues to be led by Oscar Hoult. He sits in first place, well ahead of the rest of the field, on 105 points. Jim Cascarini remains in a strong second GC position, with 71 points and Matt Gilmour’s efforts this month, have catapulted him up the table into third spot, on 42 points.
The remainder of the men’s GC table sees the next four riders all within touching distance of each other with between 20 and 24 points.
Many congratulations to Oscar, Matt and Annie who win the 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.
July sees a shorter (thankfully) and more punchy climb up Salt Lane, which should suit the more powerful Puncheur or Rouleur style riders in the competition.
Click the link here to take a look at July’s segment:
Results and position for June segment challenge and current GC ranking
Men’s June results
Women’s June results
Men’s GC position
Women's GC position