Start of Summertime

Welcome to the Stevenage Start of Summertime Specials (SSOSS) event page.

Each year CyclingUK Stevenage (formerly Stevenage and North Herts CTC) organises a series of events to celebrate the start of summertime.

This year there are 3 different routes to choose from depending on your preference of distance.

All rides feature in the Cycling UK Summer Challenge Rides Series.

We encourage everyone to enter in advance.

ONLINE Entries are now open.

Event Information

We have 3 different routes to choose from, these have been updated for 2019 with new stops including Church Hall teas at Braughing:

Ride: 66 kilometres
Route: From Stevenage to Reed, Braughing, Puckeridge and back to Stevenage.
Start time: 10:30am (arrive at the start by 10:00am)
Time allowed: Up to 6 hours
Price: 8 (6 members)
Ride: 100 kilometres
Route: From Stevenage to Reed, Barkway, Saffron Walden and back to Stevenage via Braughing.
Start time: 10:00am (arrive at the start by 9:30 am)
Time allowed: Up to 9 hours and 30 minutes
Price: 8 (6 members)
Ride: 160 kilometres (100 miles)
Route: Stevenage to Reed, Barkway, Saffron Walden, Toppesfield, Finchingfield and back to Stevenage via Thaxted and Braughing.
Start time: 8:30 am (arrive at the start by 8:00 am)
Time allowed: Up to 11 hours
Price: 8 (6 members)

Safety note: You may need to carry lights, sunset in Stevenage on the day is at 19:21 BST.

Please note that all on the day entries will be 10 and subject to availability.


Online entries for 2019 have now opened. You can make online entries using the link. The online system will close on 25 March 2019 however you will still be able to enter on the day.

All entrants will be notified by email before the ride.

If you would like to make a postal entry then you can download and print the 2019 entry form. Details of who to send it to and what to include is all on the form.

PDF Download: Entry Form 2019

Route Sheets & Maps

Route sheets for 2019 can be downloaded below, these routes have been checked and differ from last year.

PDF Download: 66 km Route
PDF Download: 100 km Route
PDF Download: 160 km Route

GPX files for the 2019 rides can be downloaded below. The routes differ significantly from previous years.

66km Route
100km Route
160km Route

Online maps for the 2019 rides produced by Richard Philpott of Central London CTC using our GPS files.

66km Route
100km Route
160km Route

Extra Information

Can you, your family or your friends spare some time to volunteer at this event? Even just one or two hours would be appreciated by riders and organisers alike. If you feel you can assist in any way please email Jackie Cooper on jcooper @

If you are able to help us advertise our event then please download the poster in the link below and put it up where people will be able to see it.

PDF Download: Poster 2019