Ian Macsporran took part in this event and writes:
I was tempted by Iain Dawson’s report last July – about how good Stevenage & South Hertfordshire CTC’s ride was when we were invited as a group over for a Sunday ride – to enter Sunday’s SSOSS Audax. [SSOSS = Stevenage Start Of Summertime Special]
It was really enjoyable! I chose the shortest of the three routes (62k) – there were 110k and 200k routes as well. It was a very interesting rural route to the east of Stevenage with plenty of ups and downs. The printed route directions were excellent. We began and finished at Fairlands Valley Park (which, for early morning arrival, is well signposted from the main roads in Stevenage). The checkpoints were well chosen: the first was outside a café which served all day breakfasts – and the second was at a village hall which served home-made sandwiches and cakes.
Everyone – the volunteers at the start/finish and at the checkpoints, and all my fellow riders – was very friendly. And, of course, it was a glorious weather all day!
My route is here at Endomondo – http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/44374544 – if you want to see it.
And, no wonder that Stevenage CTC is Group of the Year. Paul Boielle, the organiser, told me that they had over 600 riders on the three routes!
I’ll be looking out for Stevenage’s End of Summertime Audax – the Emitremmus!