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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Over the Hills 300 - Ride Report

Started by Andrew Taafe Jul 29. 0 Replies

You know it's going to be an interesting day when a bird attempts suicide just as you arrive at the start (bird is fine).Group of five (4x 300 and 1x 400) set off. I soon got dropped as we missed a…Continue

Festum Prophatae 600 - DNF - Ride Report

Started by Andrew Taafe. Last reply by Andrew Taafe Jun 17. 6 Replies

We are clearly not worthy disciples.I was nervous about this ride, I felt I would be near my limits with the amount of climbing and the length of gravel.Eleven riders lined. Eight doing the 200, one…Continue

Wangaratta Wahine 1200 - Ride Report

Started by Andrew Taafe. Last reply by Andrew Taafe May 27. 22 Replies

Okay so a bit more of a write up for the WahineThere were 29 starters, 3x 1200, 4x 1000, 3x 200 and the rest doing 600Really started in December when Francis and I did the Three Parks permanent. He…Continue

200 BRM

Started by Suraj Padinjarute. Last reply by Bill Parker May 7. 10 Replies

Hey there!Anyone planning for the May11th RiverRide  or the May21st The Wiseman's Loop de Loop 200Km BRM? I am up for one of these.Regards,SurajContinue

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Comment by Andrew Taafe on June 17, 2019 at 9:40am

Great effort Chris. I certainly didn't envy you doing that solo.

We got into Hornsby just as the rain started, but it was solid all morning from there to Springwood.

You had the right tyres on but I know on my bike they cost about 0.5 km/h. The gravel wasn't smooth enough to make a big difference on the day. A ride the other week over a gravel sector Nick and Soufiane were 21/km/h whee I was 26km/h

And you finished safely, which is really the more important thing

Comment by Bill Parker on July 2, 2019 at 1:29pm

You might suspect I haven't been riding enough and you are right but I have come across and watched some interesting videos of PBP 2015 including this

Paris Brest Paris (PBP) 2015 - Group H 0km to 100km

While there are many PBP videos of varying quality, some semi or fully professional with nice sound tracks this one is interesting as it is just someone's camera on their bars recording the actual sights & sounds for the first 3h 45m of their ride (yes I watched all of it but over a few days!). The rider from Japan stays pretty much at the front of the group and is still on a 30kph moving average at the end, he is fairly strong on the flat, bit slow uphill but a demon downhill. The sound & vibration of different road quality is evident as is his noisy drive train. I didn't start off intending to watch for almost 4 hours but it was interesting in a perverse sort of way being a seat of the pants recording of what he saw. It joins the 2019 route at about 40kms. As the "special" bikes (recumbents, tandems etc) started about 30 minutes before him you get to see a lot of interesting bikes as he catches up with them.

Worth dipping in and out if you can't take the tension of the full 100kms, good viewed full screen but I almost got motion sick on some of his tight cornering. Hope it doesn't cut into your riding too much as well, enjoy.

Comment by Bhanu Loku on July 3, 2019 at 3:38pm

Thanks Bill, will have to check it out when I have some time.

Does anyone have bike insurance that covers damage to a bike/accessories? Any recommendations?

Comment by Andrew Taafe on July 4, 2019 at 9:49pm

For those not cavorting through the French country side in August, I've managed to get my act together and got a ride in the calendar.

A gentle-ish loop from Shellharbour City Centre up The Pass and around the Southern Highlands.


Comment by Robflyte on July 5, 2019 at 9:18pm

Hello all. If you are after a 200km ride on Sunday July 7 there are 5 Audax riders doing the Dam Blue Hills ride, leaving at a lazy 6:30 AM. You are welcome to join us, register on the Audax site, under permanents, after logging in.

Comment by Bill Parker on July 6, 2019 at 11:21am

Would be tempting Rob, maybe just a 100, might absorb some of that PBP preparation energy.

Note the M7 path near Prestons is closed due to its normal "flooding" whenever a cloud passes overhead, got the email early Friday morning and no reopening notice yet, have to use the annoying detour.

"M7 Shared Path at Prestons - closed
The section of shared path between Jedda Road and Kurrajong Road, Prestons, is closed due to flooding from wet weather conditions. We will send an alert when the path is open.

Westlink M7 apologises for any inconvenience. Our crews work as quickly as possible to reopen the path"

Comment by Robflyte on July 6, 2019 at 12:34pm

thanks for the warning Bill.

Comment by Robflyte on July 18, 2019 at 9:03am

A lot of riders out doing Winery Wander this weekend, 14 x 300km and 6 x 200km. Looks like the bread & butter distance of Audax is now 300km.

I'm leaving Hornsby 5 hours earlier doing the 400km Singleton Tour, hoping to see some 300km riders near the end of the day.

Comment by Bhanu Loku on July 18, 2019 at 10:32am

An audacious plan Rob, something similar I considered way back but I think I will do a 100 the next day instead.

I dont think I will be chasing the fast climbers all day again, I feel I need a slightly more relaxed big rides this week and next to fnish off my prep. Next week's 300 will be the killer I feel, never gone past Springwood or ridden around the Lithgow areas.

Best of luck, hopefully see you later on during the day.

Comment by Bill Parker on July 18, 2019 at 2:52pm

Bhanu, looks like only a month to the PBP start now (4 years + month to 2023), you should be getting practice keeping up with Ian & Katherine.

So who is going, you, Sir Mark?, Garry?, Michael (McG)?, others??

I see there is an Audax Australia PBP Tracking page set up on Spotwalla

with all the current people who have joined it so far being still shown in Oz. You can use it via a Spot, InReach, iPhone (SWConnect app) or Android (Bubbler GPS app) and a few other devices

I will have to do some training so I can stay awake for the 4 days to follow everyone, I am looking forward to it at least


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