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  • Edric 64
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    Having done a couple of 100k ones .I moved up to a 200km last week in 11hr 20 mins including food and puncture stops .I have ridden that far before but im really enjoying audaxing now so ive got another 200k coming up and then a 300k .I`m using them as training for 12hr and 24hr time trials and the girl I ride with is using them as training for 24hr mtb solo events

    I joined audax uk last night, first 100k towards the end of the month. πŸ™‚

    monkeychild
    Member

    I really should look at these. Sportives are awful IMHO.

    pondo
    Member

    Did one last year and really enjoyed it – lots of the good bits of a sportive with no down bits.

    I must do some more…

    I really should look at these. Sportives are awful IMHO.

    Its the reason i looked, Price also helped

    Audax UK Membership – Β£19
    Most events I’ve seen Β£2-Β£5 with really big ones just over Β£12

    Loads in my area, North Yorks

    Premier Icon ton
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    been doing them for nearly 20 yrs. they are very good, tho the last one I did, was full of loads of roadies, in full race kit, without guards.

    each to their own I suppose.

    david jey
    Member

    Brilliant aren’t they. I started last year; doing my first 400km a month today. Eep.

    clubber
    Member

    Best audax in the world

    http://audax.lvis.org.uk

    (I’m biased, my club organises it but we do get excellent feedback)

    It’s all about the cake!

    warton
    Member

    Love Audaxes. done quite a few, including one 300km one, northumberland, weardale, cumbria, scotland, northumberland. epic day out, 15 hours riding.

    first stamping point was a guy in his car, handing out flapjacks and water in the middle of nowhere πŸ™‚

    acjim
    Member

    Yay for Barry’s!

    Hope it’s not as cold as last year

    thomthumb
    Member

    i’m not sold – did one in jan with my dogma K and someone moaned that i didn’t have mudguards.

    I told him there is not room on a dogma and i didn’t mind.

    don’t get it?! you can’t fit mudguards on a proper roadie.

    Premier Icon ton
    Subscriber

    the mudguard thing used to be in the rules, makes sitting in cafes and riding in groups a bit nicer.

    Premier Icon ransos
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    Yay for Barry’s!

    Hope it’s not as cold as last year

    I did the Ball Buster in the 2012 heatwave…more of the same this year please Clubber!

    clubber
    Member

    acjim – Member
    Yay for Barry’s!

    Hope it’s not as cold as last year

    We’re guaranteeing 20+ degree weather this year*

    *weather is not guaranteed. Temperatures can go down as well as up. Temperature units to be specified at the LVIS Audax organisers’ choice.

    acjim
    Member

    better than the 2deg weather last year – to be honest as long as it’s dry i don’t really care

    clubber
    Member

    2 degrees? It was 1 degree or less. I had icicles on my BB! (not a euphemism πŸ™‚ )

    Kevsterjw
    Member

    I’ve fancied one for a while, but wonder about reading the route card whilst might throw me off track.

    Premier Icon 2orangey4crows
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    Really like the idea of having a go at a 200k kind of distance (previous best is 100 miles) and the events sound great. Sadly the Bristol ones near me are sold out.

    i’m not sold – did one in jan with my dogma K and someone moaned that i didn’t have mudguards.

    I told him there is not room on a dogma and i didn’t mind.

    don’t get it?! you can’t fit mudguards on a proper roadie.

    Its not you getting wet they are often worried about but the guy behind you.

    Dyffers
    Member

    Audaxes are great, been doing them for years, to start with just for the challenge of going further having got bored with time trialling, more recently to keep the base fitness up for other things.

    I’ve ridden plenty of audaxes at all distances on un-mudguarded road bikes and not been moaned at. It’s mostly conditions-based and whether you want to meet any new friends. If you’re happy getting filthy and don’t annoy the cafe owners by spreading that onto their furniture* then it’s live and let live as far as I’m concerned.

    *Even with mudguards, I rode a DIY-route 200k on 30th December on which it rained so hard during the first 50km that two of us semi-flooded the corner of a nice cafe in Crewkerne with the water running out of our kit. It was that or hypothermia πŸ˜• Type 2 fun.

    Premier Icon ransos
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    I’ve ridden plenty of audaxes at all distances on un-mudguarded road bikes and not been moaned at.

    The non-‘guarded riders on the Jack & Grace Cotton audax in January were a PITA. The roads were filthy and narrow, which meant that we would often have to drop back to avoid being jetted with slurry.

    Edric 64
    Member

    I did the Jack and Grace Cotton ,and yes the roads were wet although guards are not needed now its not nice riding behind someone without them !!
    Clubber I will be doing The Ball Buster ,cant stop for cake though im on a diet and want to finish in the light !!

    clubber
    Member

    There are random cake tests at the finish. Anyone who’s found not to have consumed sufficient cake will be DQ’d.

    Sorry, we’re only thinking of you πŸ˜‰

    As to guards, there will always be a few miserable sods who’ll moan about not enough mudguards, too flash bikes, whatever. It’s nothing to do with audax, just a reflection that there will always be a few grumpy people. Luckily the LVIS audax has very few (if any) of them πŸ™‚

    Edric 64
    Member

    Re sold out events near Bristol ,there are events coming up all over the west country in Minehead ,Cirencester,Cheltenham, Bishops Lydeard,Alveston in thebext couple of months

    brakes
    Member

    I’ve done one a couple of times in October – Season of Mists – it’s only 100km but it’s proper hilly including a bitch of a cobbled climb straight out of Hebden Bridge, and pretty relentless too – if you’re not going up a hill, you’re going down one.
    I’d like to do some epic ones – around 300km at some point – maybe later in the year.

    clubber
    Member

    Actually the point about Audaxes selling out is an interesting topic for discussion, I reckon.

    10 years ago, an audax was popular if a couple of people turned up on a tandem. Now, we have audaxes like ours, and no doubt others, that sell out hundreds of places in a week or so. That’s a pretty positive story. I guess that it’s part of the natural progression of more people getting into cycling (including the much derided but ultimately positive thing of the ‘leisure’ crowd getting into it), trying out sportives and now discovering audaxes.

    Dickyboy
    Member

    The Ultimate Elenith MachineFrame found in skip and wheels pinched out of son's bikeRidden by Martin Staines

    my brothers ultimate audax machine – nutters the lot of you πŸ˜€

    Edit – curses, didn’t link to actual photo – 300km on a BMX, I kid you not, complete with mudguards & lights for the purists πŸ™‚

    asterix
    Member

    I’ve ridden plenty of audaxes at all distances on un-mudguarded road bikes and not been moaned at.

    The non-‘guarded riders on the Jack & Grace Cotton audax in January were a PITA. The roads were filthy and narrow, which meant that we would often have to drop back to avoid being jetted with slurry.

    surely you can’t take a tow and then moan about getting a bit wet! πŸ˜‰

    Premier Icon ransos
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    surely you can’t take a tow and then moan about getting a bit wet!

    I couldn’t get past cos the lanes were too narrow!

    clubber
    Member

    ‘ELITE AUDAXER ON YOUR RIGHT!!!!!!!’

    πŸ˜‰

    scandalous
    Member

    aounds fun!

    oldgit
    Member

    Got two 600km Audax later in the year, plus a series of 200/300/400km ones as well.
    Mudguards? well I hardly see a soul so no biggy. Riding 100/200km and even 300km is okay without. Over that then a more touristy bike comes out, guards and all.
    If it was wet, then a rear ‘clip on’ at least.

    Dyffers
    Member

    If it was wet, then a rear ‘clip on’ at least.

    Did a 600k with clip on ‘guards once. Never again. The incessant rubbing was worse than getting wet.

    For the OP, if you fancy a challenge, how about attaining Ultra Randonneur status?

    Notice it’s under the ‘fame’ section of the Audax UK site, a bit of an oxymoron. πŸ˜€

    Edric 64
    Member

    We did get coming through !yelled at us on a 100km audax by a bloke with a go pro.I noticed that the roadies who do sportives were lacking on Mr Pickwiicks March Madness ,an undulating 200k event from Tewkesbury

    oldgit
    Member

    Did a 600k with clip on ‘guards once. Never again.

    I know what you mean. Proper guards on the comfy bike.

    Premier Icon andytherocketeer
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    looked in to them years and years ago when i lived back in UK, but never did any.
    now in Germany, and last time I looked, they only really seemed to start with the 200km+ ones (which tbf is what Audax is all about). didn’t seem to be any where near the number of rides as UK.

    quite fancy ticking off the 100km and 100mi again. not done that for a very long time.

    Edric 64
    Member

    Ultra status ? that requires some serious time and commitment,next year is Paris Brest Paris and the series to 600k need to be done for that .I would like to do it but im not sure I can get enough riding in !

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Managed two this year, double what I managed last year 😳

    100k round Rutland in January with a horrible headwind for the second half and the Radway 150 last month – my mates first audax, horrendous first half into the wind, great day out. Need to try and manage a 200 this year.

    Love the relaxed attitude, the tea and cakes at the start and finish, the cheap entry, the range of bikes and riders.

    Favourite memory is seeing a tandem parked at the finish of an event a couple of years ago with a pheasant strapped to the rear rack. Never see that on a sportive!

    Edric 64
    Member

    There is so much cake on some events that you weigh more at the finish than the start!!

    oldgit
    Member

    Lovely ride on the Start of Summertime 200km Sunday just gone.
    Looking forward to the 3 Down 300km this Saturday.
    Then the Hell of the North Cotswolds before lifting the pace for a summer of road racing.
    Got a 400 and 600km to look forward to later in the year.

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