Unhinged Strava GC – April Results and the May Segment
April Results: Tea Garden Lane and Hare to George
It has been an interesting month. Technical issues have plagued the segments with routes doubling back, finishing under tree cover or in the middle of the road beyond the junction. However, I think that there was some strong riding nonetheless.
Tom Jones takes the honours with a combined time of 5:05. He took the KOM from Keith Henderson on Tea Garden Lane in a remarkable ride which also included a collision with a boy scout. All parties were ok. Scouts Honour! It is actually worth quoting Tom here:
“I crashed into a boy scout (complete with large rucksack and map) who stepped out onto the road without looking just before 2 miles in (interesting spike on the heart rate!) fortunately all parties were OK,although my grazed knees and slightly torn, brand new shoes might beg to differ… Gave me the adrenaline I needed to for TGL though!”
I wonder if Tom will use a similar adrenaline boosting strategy this month.
Rory Barrett rounded off the podium with a strong ride on both segments.
A close ladies comp this month was won by Wendy Jupp with an 8:15 , edging Rachel and Ann who were 2 and 3 seconds back respectively.
Tom gets the crate of beers and Wendy the bottle of Prosecco.
Lots of time bonuses were awarded to the GC contenders with Keith and Rory getting 20s for top 10s on both segments and The Mower getting a 30s bonus for the KOM on the Hare to George. Keith remains at the top of the mens competition with Rory drawing level with the Mower. There were a number of other Top 10s this month so strong riding all round.
Wendy Jupp is still in the race at the head of the women’s GC.
Riders who have previously been awarded a handicap % have been given a score in this competition. Taking the honours n April was Adam Dennis who edged out Scottie and Carlos. Well done Adam, you get the £30 cafe vouchers.
May Segment – The Giro and the Hill Top Finish
The month of May brings us The Giro in the pro peloton. In honour of this, we will be tackling a long stage with a hill top finish – this is the cunningly named Unhinged Hill Top Finish. The hill up to Fordcombe also has the advantage of being recently dressed with some lovely fresh tarmac. I believe that we should always respect fresh tarmac by riding it quickly. However, there is 3km if rolling and descending roads to tackle before you hit the climb so pacing will be key here.
Unhinged Hill Top Finish
Safety advice: The obvious danger on this segment is that oncoming traffic has right of way at the little bridge as you descend to the foot of the climb. There is good visibility for cars coming the other way so keep your head up and don’t take any risks. There is also a blind bend prior to the descent so be careful.
Oy yes, and always be vigilant for Boy Scouts who might unexpectedly step out into the road.
We will follow up with Prizes for May shortly.
Good luck everyone..