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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Latest Activity: Nov 30

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Newcastle Overnight 2019 - Ride Report

Started by Andrew Taafe. Last reply by Andrew Taafe Nov 18. 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

Get Out of Gaol (Cheap) 200 - Ride Report

Started by Andrew Taafe Nov 14. 0 Replies

Second attempt at running this ride. First put off by the windpocalypse a couple of months ago.Mark, Francis and Garry came down from Sydney, Kevin and I locally and Doug joined us from Queensland…Continue

Tags: Southern Highlands, audax

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

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Comment by Robflyte on December 29, 2011 at 5:55pm
I was told to contact them 1 week out from the ride, I might email Bec tonight. I don't know if there is a fixed start time but I guess 6am is a smart time.
Comment by Michael on December 29, 2011 at 7:16pm

I'm also interested in a ride on the 8th.

What sort of average speed to you think you'll manage for the 200?

Will you start from Waitara, as advertised for the 22nd?

Comment by Robflyte on December 29, 2011 at 8:45pm

Michael, yes you have to ride the same course as shown on the Audax site.  My reason for doing the ride on the 8th is that I quite possibly cannot make the 22nd.  I have only done 2 x 200km rides, one took almost 11 hours and the other an extra half hour.  This ride is somewhat more flat but has Galston gorge to climb out of at the end.

Comment by Rob Berry on December 30, 2011 at 12:59pm

I just posted this to the Audax Australia news group, and hpefully none of you ever need to use this information, but I just heard back from my travel insurance about my claim. As a "gesture of good will", the claim has been paid in full, which is a relief - flights and accomodation have been refunded and my wife and I can afford to have our holiday in a few months.

Why was it a "gesture of goodwill"? Because according to the insurance company I was injured while participating in a bicycle race, which is one activity that is excluded from coverage. I argued that fundamentally Audax rides are not races, but the issue was the time limit - I may not have been racing other riders, but I was "racing the clock" to finish. Fortunately, they have decided to make an excption in my case.

Here is the link to my longer post:

Comment by Neil Alexander on December 30, 2011 at 1:27pm

My jaundiced view of insurance companies suggests to me that "the insurance company naturally has a long list of situations in which the policy will not be honoured, one of which is:"

  • If you make a claim.

Comment by Si on December 30, 2011 at 2:09pm

As soon as the insurance company heard "bicycle crash", I was asked 
"were you involved in a race?". Rather than a simple "no", I gave some 
details about the ride I was on and about Audax as a concept.

That's the problem right there. Never answer a question that can be answered with a yes or no with more detail than that. It is very very very rarely in your favour to do so.

Hope you are healing well.

Comment by Rob Berry on December 30, 2011 at 2:31pm

Si, yes, as soon as they started questioning me about Audax I realised that that was what I should have done. And Neil, I share your low opinion of insurance companies, but in this case they have done well be me so I can't complain :)

Comment by Neil Alexander on December 30, 2011 at 8:14pm

Indeed it appears so, in this case, Rob.

Care to name the company which apparently deserves cyclists' support?

Comment by Michael S. (Boxhead) on January 9, 2012 at 7:24am

The Ferry Long Way Round (permanent) completed yesterday. That's 3 of 12 200's done. 

It was the first time I'd riden the road along the river from Wisemans Ferry to Lower Portland. Great scenery and interesting to see all the water skiing parks. So many boats.

It was good to ride the last 50 with @robflyte. I think we were both pretty glad to arrive back at Hornsby.

Comment by Robflyte on January 9, 2012 at 8:44am

Glad we crossed paths, like you said, 30 seconds difference and we would have missed each other at that intersection in Sackville.

A big thanks for talking me back, I was beat.  I'm asking myself why I want to do the next 9 200s, no answer yet.


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