August 2020 Strava Segment

As August arrives and the lockdown rules relating to cycle events are eased slightly, we can celebrate the return of the VCV TT competition. To appropriately mark this positive change, this month’s SoTM challenge is a 4 mile gradually rising gradient segment that will test your aero skills and pacing ability.

You begin at the village of Axford, riding Eastbound along Berrydown lane from the junction with the B3046. The first 2.5 miles consist of an uneventful yet potentially leg sapping average 2% gradient of gentle turns. You will need to hold your concentration and pace your power carefully, also holding the most aero position you can manage to optimise your speed whilst the road remains relatively flat.

As you pass the junction with Red Lane on your right, the road curves to the left and the gradient begins to rise a little as you ride into the more wooded area of the segment.

Riding through Beech Wood the road curves to the right and then you approach the hamlet of Bagmore. Two closely placed ramps in gradient mark the beginning of Bagmore lane as you pass the few houses of the hamlet at the 3.5 mile mark.

The last half mile flatters to deceive with a gentle false-flat that allows you to build up some further speed before a final ramp that leads into the final run-in to the finish line, that is sited a safe distance back from the junction with the A339.

The current KoM of 9:38 is held by a professional athlete (Maximillian Steadman) so it will take a big effort to overhaul his average speed of 26.1mph. The current QoM is an equally challenging 11:03 that will also require a special effort to best.

As per the rules of the competition, TT bikes are permitted for this segment. Please remember to stick to the current rules around social distancing and responsible riding.

The link to the segment is here: https://www.strava.com/segments/24951452