What is an Audax?
is a non-competitive but challenging form of cycling, suitable
for people of various ages and ambition levels.
Riders follow a predefined route, which includes a number
of checkpoints or ‘controls’. These controls are typically
at cafés or other places where you can rest and eat. Each
entrant is given a detailed description of the route, but
is otherwise left to complete the distance unassisted. You
are free to set your own pace, as long as your overall average
speed stays between the minimum and maximum specified for
the event (upon which the opening and closing times of the
controls – including the finish – are based). At the start
you get a card, which has to be filled in at each control,
to show that the course has been completed.
You don’t have to be a super-fit racer to ride an Audax event,
but you do need to be able to maintain your own steady touring
speed for several hours. And, of course, you’ll want a bike
that isn’t likely to let you down. Events take place on public
roads. So – while every effort is made to choose routes that
are cycle-friendly – you will need to deal with traffic and
with the hazards associated with country lanes, such as irregular
surfaces, mud and loose materials. The routes of the Cotswold
Audax include a ford and cattle grids.
Beacon RCC’s Audax events are organised in accordance with
the regulations of Audax UK, the national governing body.
See the entry form for details of what is expected of entrants,
or visit the Audax
UK website to consult the regulations.