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.
My sister-in-law gave me a reconditioned 1980s road bike from left behind by an Irish backpacker. 15kgs less, 5 years later, I still have my 3.5 year old Teck 1200 and in the last 2 months, Cannodale Synapse. My Trek is my commuter now, and my Cannodale gives me much satisfaction climbing through Royal National Park.
MMAS 3 Class ride. Very involved in Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club, and also on the Board of Bicycle NSW.
The good news is that I am improving almost every day on my bike (ever so slightly). Somehow the older I get, the better I get. Will this keep going on?
Matt White at the Cronulla Criterium in 2006. Matt's retired from Discovery Channel now, but I believe he might be on the management of Slipstream? He's been in TDF several times as well as the Hell of the North.