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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Capital Parliamentary Triangle (50) - Ride Report

Started by Andrew Taafe Mar 10. 0 Replies

This was a ride I had meant to do over Christmas, but couldn't quite fit in.The Boy, rather over me going off for long rides, had said he wanted to do another audax ride. A weekend trip to Canberra…Continue

Tags: lake, Canberra, ACT, Audax

Crookwell Canter 300 - Ride Report

Started by Andrew Taafe. Last reply by Andrew Taafe Feb 27. 2 Replies

With time in the month running out and a desire to do a 300, an ACT permanent out of Goulburn was the best option.Starting at Goulburn station, rolled out into the surrounding countryside. There's…Continue

Fast Food 200 - Ride Report

Started by Andrew Taafe Jan 19. 0 Replies

Six hearty souls ventured out to ruin their coronary system.Starting with a Big Mac (Macquarie Pass), they eagerly consumed it and washed down with some watery jam (a wet Jamberoo pass descent).…Continue

Newcastle Overnight 2019 - Ride Report

Started by Andrew Taafe. Last reply by Andrew Taafe Nov 18, 2019. 5 Replies

A late change of plans meant that I was able to do an audax ride this weekend. The local 100s were out due to the traffic from "Convoy" (just donate the money and stop polluting the environment). The…Continue

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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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