May’s TT segment (for road bikes only) along Poles Lane coincided with an improvement in the weather as well as plenty of ‘tailwind’ days, leading to a good number of riders putting in efforts this month.
In the women’s competition, the lead changed hands between riders a few times over the course of the month, with some of the top competitors putting in multiple efforts, in an attempt to improve their position.
Isla Hoult took top spot and the full 15 points, with an amazing time of 05:30. Franie Ng took second place and 12 points with an equally impressive sub-6-minute time of 05:45. Third place and 10 points went to Annie Dixey with a time of 06:03.
In the women’s GC table, Franie Ng has further extended her already large lead, sitting on top of table on 69 points. Annie Dixey holds second in GC on 59 points and Isla Hoult has leapfrogged up the table to now sit in third place on 27 points.
In the men’s competition, there is a disconcerting sense of Deja vu as Oscar Hoult has defied the odds to win his fifth consecutive month in a row, taking the full 15 points with a blistering time of 04:51. Bobby Buenfeld came a reasonably close second, taking 12 points with a time of 05:00. Third spot went to Jim Cascarini, taking the 10 points available with a time of 05:27.
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 07 May.
The men’s GC table continued to be dominated by Oscar Hoult, who holds a commanding lead at the top of the table with a maximum-points score of 75. Jim Cascarini has solidified his second place, on 51 points and Chris Purver still holds third spot on 23 points, with Bobby Buenfeld close on his heels on 20 points.
Many congratulations to family Hoult, with Isla and Oscar both winning 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.
June sees the return of the most challenging segment in this competition. After a year’s break, the Queen stage, along with double points on offer, returns to Old Winch Hill.
Click the link here to take a look at June’s segment:
Results and position for May segment challenge and current GC ranking
Men’s May results
Women's May Results
Men’s GC position
Women's GC position