Cambridge CC Audaxes, 21 March.
It was a good day, sunny, maybe a little chilly at first, but the temperature soon shot up to 12oC. OK so maybe it was not officially summer weather, but compared to what we have put up with this year it certainly seemed like it. The wind also looked favorable.
There were two rides arranged for the day; a 200km (End of Hibernation organised by John Juckes) and a 100km (End of Snooze organised by Terry Dickerson) starting at 8am and 10am respectively. Both rides headed east to Stradishall for the first control. Here the rides split, the 200 heading further east to Onehouse near Stowmarket and the 100 heading south to Finchingfield. Later, the 200 also headed back towards Finchingfield via Sudbury. The two rides then briefly followed the same route to Thaxted. The 100 route went directly north and the 200 westward to Hare Street before heading north and back to the HQ at Haslingfield.
About 70 riders had entered the 200 and 54 entered the 100. These were full fields and there was no room for on-the-line entries. Probably because of the good weather, most riders started and the vast majority of those finished. The 200km riders put in some very fast times, helped by the changing wind direction during the day. Not quite a tail wind all the way around but not far off (I expect the riders may not see it that way!).
Many of the returning riders said they enjoyed the rides, and were particularly grateful of the weather we had arranged. A feast of food greeted the riders on their return. In particular abundance were jam doughnuts (see picture). Overall the rides were a great success, making a financial surplus which will be donated to worthy causes.
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