Stevenage 'Start of Summertime' rides to return for 21st year

As the clocks go forward, hit the roads of Hertfordshire with Stevenage CTC on March 29 as part of their Start of Summertime Specials

(Photo: Facebook/CTC - The National Cycling Charity)

The clocks go forward in a matter of days and a group of cyclists in Hertfordshire will be getting out on their bikes to celebrate the start of summer on Sunday, March 29.

More than 300 riders are expected to line up for the Start of Summertime Specials challenge, which features three different routes, depending on how much of the increased daylight you want to make the most of.

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The epic distance comprises of a 210km jaunt from Stevenage to Lavenham, Suffolk, and back, while the 115km ‘standard’ ride takes riders to and from Thaxted.

For the more casual cyclist, a 60km ride will take in Reed, Barkway, Hare Street and Buntingford before heading back to the start at Fairlands Valley Park.

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Riders are advised to enter these challenges in advance by visiting www.stevenagectc.org.uk. Here you can find more information about the rides as well as the online entry system.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.