Welcome to Audax <<Title Case not Caps!>>

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An Audax is a non-competitive, long distance cycle event that takes place on public roads and is open to everyone.

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Meaning ‘bold’ in Latin, the original Audax events were created over 150 years ago in France to fill the void between elite, licenced road racing on closed roads and the slower, heavily laden cycle touring alternative.

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Audax events are governed by a set of regulations that are set by Audax UK who are also a cycling club.

Landing Page if logged in << List of Calendar Events>>

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My Rides

My Achievements

My Achievements

List of all my rides (not just calendar events) in date order with code or key to show its completion status e.g. validated, awaiting validation, interest shown, awaiting participation confirmation, participation confirmed and planned for the future (for DIYs) . <<with search option and sort by option>> <<NB This could be in calendar format - My Audax Calendar>>


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My Achievements

My Achievements

My Achievements

List of Awards and Points. <<can this be privacy based with a Make Public Yes/No option??

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Me

My Achievements

Me

My Membership details <<If Member>>

Audax News <<If Member>>



<<link to Forum>> <<If Member>>

<<Link to Director Area if Director>>

<<Link to Event Organising if Organiser>>

<<Link to Validator if Validator>>

Audax UK – About Us <<Title Case not Caps!>>

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Audax UK – About Us

Audax UK is the governing body of audax events which are time-limited, long distance cycle rides, predominantly in the United Kingdom.    


Covering a variety of distances and ride requirements across the country, the objective of Audax UK is to ensure that all events under the Audax UK banner capture the spirit of self-sufficiency and endurance on a bike, whilst meeting the validation and award requirements. The regulations of an audax event can be found here <<link to Regulations>>.   


A not-for-profit, private company limited by guarantee, Audax UK is more than just a cycling club. It aims to encourage, promote and develop the sport and pastime of non-competitive long-distance cycling in the UK and throughout the world. 


To learn more about Audax UK click here <<link to Corporate>>  

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About Audax Events <<Title CaSE Not CAPS>>

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Overview


Each Audax event allows participants to complete a journey that aims to show the best of the countryside whilst challenging riders to cycle the distance in a timeframe they might not have thought possible. 


Quiet, undulating roads surrounded by fields, hedgerows and trees, up hills and along flatlands, Audax events all over the country will as much as possible avoid heavily traffic-used roads.   


To create a greater challenge for the participants than simply riding a bike a long way, Audax events have a series of time limits and control points. 


After enrolling for the ride, you’ll be provided with a suggested route and predetermined time limit. There are then processes for confirming your proof of passage along the route and validating the ride upon completion. Riders can earn a range of points and awards for finishing Audax events, which are governed and administered by Audax UK.    


Audax events are based loosely on the French Audax Randonees (Audax Club Parisienne) hence the variable pronunciation and why the distances and altitudes are always referred to in kilometres and metres rather than miles. They take on many different shapes and forms to reflect the challenges and awards that can be achieved.  


The original “proof of passage” was created in the form of a route map and a paper certificate - the latter known as a Brevet card.  <<link to electronic and or pdf Brevet Card>>   


 <<Text for Brevet Card>>  The Brevet (meaning certificate) card is obtained by the rider at the beginning of the ride. 


They then carry it with them to the end, obtaining validation at various controls along the way. 


Controls can be both manned and unmanned, the latter often requiring the rider to obtain a receipt or answer a question about a landmark along the way.    


The Brevet card in its paper form is very much part of audax events today and details the start, the various controls on the route and the finish point.  


Developments in GPS technology often allow the suggested route to be available as a downloadable file, as well as a paper version.  <<end of Brevet Card text>>     <<continuing on About Audax Events>> 


Since the beginning, the number of different types of audax events has increased to reflect the challenges and awards that can be achieved.   


Some of the terminology remains unchanged to reflect the history of audax and some of the abbreviations were created may seem numerous but were designed to fit on the route sheet. 


<<Link to Glossary>>  

 - <Dropdown to> Brevet Card   

- <Dropdown to>  Glossary    


Tab Event Types  Tab Event Types   


All Audax Events have an enrolment process for validation purposes which will vary for each event.    


- <Link to> Calendar Events Description    

- <Link to> Permanent Events Description   

-  <Link to> DIY’s Event Description    

- <Link to> ECE’s Event Description   


Events Organiser List <<only visible to members identified in dashboard as event organisers 

What are the Rules <<title case not caps)

Overview of the Rules

Participation Requirements

Overview of the Rules

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An audax event will have a time restraint which will be based on its length. (The original ethos was to cycle from sunrise to sunset).    


Each event type has its own set of rules. <<Link to Event Description>>   


On average a minimum speed of 12.5kpm is calculated - regardless of climbs or stops. The assigned time will be detailed in the event description.    


The challenge isn’t just in participation – it’s in completing the ride within the allocated time frame.      <<Link to Full Rules>>

Validation

Participation Requirements

Overview of the Rules

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The validation process varies depending upon the type of audax event but points are available to collect subject to validation.  


These can be in stickers, badges, trophies and in addition, your achievements, as an Audax member, will also be listed on the Audax Leader Board results page. <<link to webpage>>.  


These awards are also acknowledged by the Audax UK Board at the AGM.    

Participation Requirements

Participation Requirements

Participation Requirements

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As audax events take place on public roads, participants must adhere to the rules of the road and by signing up for an audax event participants are agreeing that they are responsible for for themselves.


Participants of audax events do so at their own risk and each participant must be self-sufficient and are responsible for their own safety. This includes their road use, navigation and bicycle maintenance before, during and after the event.     

Whilst the routes will have been risk assessed, all participants must carry out their own dynamic risk assessment before, 

during and after the event.    


There is no sweep up van, nor flow of bike mechanics. It is recommended that participants have sufficient bicycle tools including a pump and puncture repair kit, along with appropriate clothing and a suitable supply of snacks and water.   


Part of the challenge is completing the 

audax event by being self-sufficient. 


Often participants will find themselves riding with people who cycle at a similar speed but if they stop for a break there is no need to stop if they wish to carry on, you can.   

Glossary (A-Z)

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Audax - an unsupported bike ride in a time frame that brings Awards

AAA Audax Altitude Award events offering and encouraging participation in hilly events. <<link to AAA Events>>   

ACP (Audax Club Parisien). 

Audax UK – the governing body of audax events

Brevet Cards – the certificate of proof that is date and time stamped at the beginning, during and end of the ride before being sent in for validation

BP (Brevet Populaire) events only validated by AUK, usually shorter than 200km and often run to more relaxed speed limits set by the organiser (with a minimum of 10km/h)    

Brevet Series –   

BR (Brevets de Randonneurs) events are at any distance over 200km and only validated by AUK. Whilst not dissimilar in conduct to BRM events the speed limits are subtly different.  The maximum time allowed is based on the actual distance of the event and a minimum speed set by the organiser, usually 14.3km/h or 15km/h for events less than 600km. Lower minimum speeds are allowed in the AUK Regulations for longer events.     

BRM (Brevets de Randonneurs Mondiaux) events are run all around the world under the standard set of rules laid down by the ACP (Audax Club Parisien) and the rides are validated and recorded by them. They are at standard distances, with a maximum of 5% over distance, and the maximum time limits for each distance is:
200km        14h30
300km        20h00
400km        27h00
600km        40h00
1000km      75h00

Events – rides that meet the Audax UK regulations     

Fixed Wheel – special awards to those completing an audax event on a fixed wheel bike

OCD – Ordre des Cols Durs (Order of the Hard Climb) Founded in 1960 to promote and encourage riding up and down mountain passes. <<link to OCD>>

RM (Randonneurs Mondiaux) events are a minimum of 1200km (usually 90 hour time limit) or longer (time limit based on nominal distance and a minimum speed of 12km/h) 

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Calendar Events

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Permanent Events

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<<text not centred>>A Calendar Event is an audax event with a route that has been predetermined by an Event Organiser and is therefore recognized by Audax UK.  It  does, however, have to take place on its specified day.  


As with all Audax Events, it has an enrolment process, a predetermined route that must take place during its start and completion times. 


Calendar Events are organised and attended by its Event Organiser along with their team of volunteers which makes them an ideal introduction to riding an audax event.    


The self-sufficiency element is, as always, requisite but on a Calendar Event there are friendly faces at the beginning, during and at the end of the event. 


This also means that there are often refreshments available at the start and finish (details of which will be on the event enrolment page).     


The events, as with all audax events, take place on public highways that are open to all other road users and all participants, by enrolling for an audax event, agree that they are responsible for themselves.    


To participate in a Calendar Event, it is necessary to request a place in advance by completing the enrolment process (either online or by downloading the application form). The entry closing date is approximately two weeks before the event date.           


The Events Description page will include:   A brief description of the ride 

The start time 

The ride distance  

Speeds (minimum and maximum) Elevation (total climb) in metres Facilities Available (abbreviations: 

P = Parking; T=Toilets; R= Refreshments at start and/or finish; F food and/or drink on the ride????); 

Control details (locations, manned or unmanned – this may need a receipt at a particular village or garage)  

Fee and payment details (usually Paypal) Entry closing date (usually two weeks prior to the event date) 

Audax Category (BP, BR etc)  

ROA: 1000 ???? 

AAA: 2 (Points available towards an Audax Altitude Award) 

Elevation (Total Climb) in metres 

Event No: 

Event Organiser 

Contact details 

Associated club 

Sunrise/Sunset  

Link to weather forecast  

An opportunity to enrol on the event.   


Once you have asked to join the ride and payment has been received you will be contacted by the Event Organiser who will confirm your participation and send the route sheet along with any details that may be useful or relevant for the day.  

  

On the day, you will be welcomed at the start (which is often a village hall) where you will be handed your Brevet Card. 


The route will include one or more specified rendez-vous points (referred to as Controls) as proof of passage and you will be congratulated at the finish location as you hand in your Brevet Card. 


At the end of the event, the Brevet Card will be time and date stamped. This can then be taken home as a souvenir, however as a member of Audax and if the participant requires ride validation, the Event Organiser will send the Brevet Card to the Audax validator who will update the participants event record.    


There are a variety of Calendar events taking place all over the country which are listed on the Events Page <<link to events page>>.        

Permanent Events

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Permanent Events

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<<text not centred> A Permanent Event is an audax event with a route that has been predetermined by an Event Organiser and is therefore recognized by Audax UK which may be ridden at nearly any time. 


Unlike Calendar Events, there is nobody at the beginning, middle or end and these events therefore require the participant to obtain and provide their proof of passage. 

  

To participate, it is necessary enrol by notifying the Event Organiser of participation in the event one month before the intended ride date. 


The Event Organiser will forward the route (as a printable version or as a GPS) and a Brevet Card. Some Event Organisers will not insist on a specific date which gives the participant the opportunity to select a day with better weather.   


As these events are unmanned, it is important to keep proof of passage. Till receipts from shops, receipts from ATM (bank cash dispensers) and in some cases the GPX file can be used but this is at the discretion of the Validation Secretary.    


The events, as with all audax events, take place on public highways that are open to all other road users and all participants are responsible for themselves.    


Upon completion, providing it has been completed within the time allowed, the Brevet Card needs to be sent to the Validation Secretary for approval. 


The Results section << link to Results Section>> will then be updated. <<link to Permanent Events>>    

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