Its Just Cycling, but much further
Winchcombe Home of The Falling Leaves 100km AA Audax
An Audax ride – known internationally as a Randonnée – is a cycle ride that has to be completed within a set time limit, including any stops to eat or rest. In most cases, riders have to maintain a minimum speed of 15km/h (some particularly long or hilly rides have a slightly lower minimum speed) and importantly a maximum speed of 30km/h. That’s a little under 10mph and 20mph in Imperial measures.
It’s not a race and individual riders’ times are not published; if you finish within the time limit, you’ve succeeded.
Riders are expected to be self-sufficient. That doesn’t mean that you have to ride alone or that you can’t call on the services of a village blacksmith to help weld your frame back together, should the worst happen, but you navigate for yourself and if you do have any mechanical problems along the way, it’s down to you to sort them or get yourself home.
Some rides offer food along the way; more often, you’ll be finding your own sources of fuel, from cafes and pubs to village shops and service stations.
Throw in the hills, the British weather and distances ranging from 50km to 1400km and what might have sounded like a simple bike ride becomes more of a challenge – one that is appealing to increasing numbers of cyclists year on year.
Our Audax members have taken part in
London Edinburgh London
Chase the sun
Lands end to John O’Groats
For more information on joining Audax UK click below