For May we travel South of the city and this month’s segment is as simple and straightforward as it gets.
At around 0.84 miles in length, with a 3.6% average gradient, the straight and basic climb requires between 2 to 3 minute’s worth of steady tough effort to post a decent time.
This segment has the potential to suit pretty much all rider ‘types’ so we expect to see some competitive action across the course of the month.
The segment begins as you travel North bound, along the main road through Otterbourne, having just passed over the mini roundabout that marks the end of Poles Lane.
From here as you pass the bus stop on your left, the road rises ahead of you and settles into a relatively easy gradient for the first third of the climb. The middle third of the climb sees a slight steepening in gradient to a maximum of 6%, where you will need to pace your effort well to leave a bit in reserve for the final push. The last third of the climb see the gradient soften again and you can press on for the final sprint to the finish line that sits just ahead of the crest of the hill, as the road curves gently to the right before dropping down into Shawford.
As always, please follow the rules of the road, along with any social distancing requirements that may be in place at the time.
The link to the segment is here: https://www.strava.com/segments/31654159