Audax Riders

Audax rides are non-competitive long distance tours by bicycle, called "randonnees". The challenge of Audax is not in racing, but in riding at your own pace. Rides are open to all reasonably fit riders - non-Audax members are most welcome to join.

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Online Permanents

Started by Robflyte. Last reply by Andrew Taafe Aug 8, 2017. 18 Replies

A quick message to let you know the NSW online permanent system is operational.Not all rides are available as yet, this will take a little time.Go to …Continue

Bilpin Ride is on again (again), Saturday March 25, 2017

Started by Robflyte Feb 1, 2017. 0 Replies

join us for the 5th edition of the Bilpin Ride, always difficult, always fun, always satisfying.Both 116km and 200km courses are approximately 50% gravel, both feature the long climb back up to…Continue

Wheelbarrow Ridge 150. Sunday February 19, 2017

Started by Robflyte Feb 1, 2017. 0 Replies

on again for 2017, this is an easy mixed road surface ride. 150km on a Sunday, what is not to like?Not sure if you or your bike can handle gravel? This ride has only about 30km of unsealed roads so…Continue

Tags: gravel, mixedsurface, audax

Mystery Brevet, 18 September 2016. CANCELLED.

Started by Robflyte. Last reply by Bill Parker Sep 13, 2016. 7 Replies

Ride Name: Mystery Brevet Ride Type: [BA] Distance Options: (145 km) Start Location: GALSTON Date: 18/09/2016 Start time: 7AM Ride Organiser : MeYes, a mystery brevet. How does it work? You will be…Continue

Comment Wall

Comment by Rob Berry on January 9, 2012 at 8:59am

Because you can. :)

Comment by Neil Alexander on January 9, 2012 at 9:31am

I think the "can" part is what Rob is questioning.

Perhaps "because they are there" is more like it?

Comment by Robflyte on January 9, 2012 at 10:15am

a dose of harden the F up is required.  A week of gentle riding to work and I'll be itching for the next 200... I think.

Comment by AdamM on January 9, 2012 at 10:28am
No matter how much you suffer on the ride you only remember the good bits a week or so later. Or that's what is was like for me on the annual UK Dunwich Dynamo (which while only 120 miles usually came to 170 miles for me with riding to/from the start & finish.
Comment by Rob Berry on January 9, 2012 at 11:10am

I know Rob can do it and so should he - he has done it a number of times now and it will only get easier with every 200.

He is certainly in a better position than me to do it at the moment, too! ;)

Comment by Robflyte on January 9, 2012 at 11:32am

thought of you several times on the ride RobBerry (I like how that goes together), backed off the speed down many of the hills especially those that have bumps you never see but feel as you get thrown all over the road.

Comment by Rob Berry on January 9, 2012 at 11:38am

I also like how RobBerry goes together - when I married Fiona I took her surname, and the sound of it did play some role in the decision. I also like that it makes my name a pun, after noticing that it would have been criminal not to make the change  (boom tish) ;)

I'll certainly be taking it easy on descents when I get back on the bike. I do like going fast, but I have a few reminders around my body of the potential advantages of playing things a little safer.

Comment by Robflyte on January 15, 2012 at 10:22am

I'm curious, why is it that I can do a 50km ride in just under 2 hours, I can do 90km in under 3.5 hours, both time averaging just over 25km/h.  But if I do an Audax 200km my first 50km takes me 2.5 hours, every time.  I carry the same amount of rubbish on my bike for the short rides so no difference there, is it the knowledge that I have 3 sets of 50km that makes me take it easier?

Its not like I am tired after my 50 or 90, I go to work or on the weekends I do the house chores with the usual zest (yeah right).

Its disappointing that the first 50 is so damn slow.

Comment by Rob Berry on January 15, 2012 at 11:43am

You probably do sub-consciously hold back a bit, and is that necessarily such a bad thing? Do you really want to be riding the first 50km of 200km as though there wasn't another 150km to follow? On the Yarramalong ride I was ahead of you and Bec from Wiseman's Ferry, keeping a comfortable pace with the front runners until around the 70km mark - and then my body suffered for the next 30km as a result and I dropped back, gave myself a bit of extra time for lunch which saw you guys catch back to me, and then rode a more sustainable pace for the last 100km.

The other factor may well be who you are riding with - if you are having a chat with other people and riding with a group, you probably have the tendency to not pay so much attention to your personal speed and just get into a comfortable rhythm.

Comment by Robflyte on January 15, 2012 at 1:43pm

doesn't feel like I am holding back but maybe I am, 1/2 an hours worth over that first 50km.  That 30km you mention was pretty much up hill the whole time, not the easiest.

I won't push it, glad I make it the 200km, should be happy with that.  Looking forward to Tar 'n Dirt Feb 4.


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