The September segment up St Giles Hill was a short punchy climb that brought the best out of many of our club member who count themselves in the mix in this year’s competition.
In the Women’s competition, Vanda Kyselicova took another first place and collected the full 15 points along with it, posting an unchallenged time of 02:46 as the only Woman to put in an effort this month.
In the Women’s GC, Vanda Kyselicova has now leapfrogged Joanne Clarke to take the lead of the table on 78 points, Joanne Clarke holds a strong second place with 72 points and Jools May remains in third place with 30 points.
In the Men’s competition, there was a flurry of efforts made during the last week of the month. First place was taken by James Cocker with an impressive of 01:34. Last year’s champion Ben Gibbs took a second late effort to separate himself from James Locke, clocking a time of 01:36 in the process. James Locke and Christopher Purver both sealed joint third place with identical times of 01:38.
Three other riders in the Men’s competition managed to dip under the 2-minute mark, with Michael Wise, Martin Evans and Dave Morris recording times of 01:41, 01:50 and 01:51 respectively.
In the Men’s GC competition, the top four yet again remain unchanged. Ben Gibbs hold the top spot with 126 points. James Cocker is a fairly close second on 116 points. Nick Barber sits in third place on 80 points and Christopher Purver stays in fourth place with 66 points.
Mid table sees James Locke and Martin Evans pull away from the best of the rest, holding fifth and sixth places with 59 and 53 points respectively.
October is the final month of this year’s competition. The points on offer mean it is technically possible for every one of the top 6 places in the Men’s GC competition to be affected. Ben Gibbs and James Cocker are close enough to allow James to steal in for first place if enough riders separate them in October’s segment.
The top place in the Women’s GC competition comes down to a straight battle between Vanda Kyselicova and Joanne Clarke. Joanne will need to score 7 or more points than Vanda is she wants to take the GC title for 2021.
We end the 2021 challenge series, with a segment that that suits riders who fall somewhere between Climbers and Puncheurs, offering an opportunity for everyone to shine.
Click the link here to take a look at October’s segment: