President: Kerri-Ann Smith
Treasurer / Brevet Secretary: Bob McHugh
Calendar Coordinator: Anthony Nocka
The Australian Capital Territory and surrounding countryside are cycling nirvana.
Cycling is very popular in all its forms from road racing to touring to off-road mountain biking. Long distance bicycle rides are an established part of the local scene.
There are many good rides available within the relatively small area of the "Territory". Our ride generally cross the border into New South Wales, opening up a vast network of roads for cycling through very pleasant countryside. Most of the ACT Region's Audax group live in Canberra and nearby New South Wales. Many of the ACT Region Members are experienced and committed long distance cyclists and are only too happy to assist new riders and offer advice and support.
Audax ACT Region rides include single day rides or multi day journeys, exploring areas such as the Riverina, the Central West and the Southern Highlands. Challenging rides in the NSW alpine areas include the Snowies Epic 300 which is usually calendared every two years and the extremely challenging Permanent, the Showies 600km ride (see blow) with 10,000 metres of climbing and 50 hours to complete.
Safety is a priority with organisers. Rides use quiet back roads and when this is not possible, main roads with wide safe shoulders.
Rides generally start in Canberra or within a short ride/drive of the city. Please contact the ride organiser at least 3 days before the ride to confirm your participation and to obtain details such as teh start location and time. Feel free to contact the Rider Organiser beforehand to discuss any aspects such as difficulty, terrain, road types and lighting requirements.
Super Randonnée Snowies 600
A Super Randonée is a class of permanent ride approved through the Audax Club Parisien. It has at least 10,000m of climbing and 600km distance. It can be entered in the Touriste class or the time-limited Randonneur class. Successfully completing the time limited version is a requirement for the new Audax Club Parisien Randonneur 10000 Award.
The ACT’s Russell Noble is the organiser of the first one to be run in Australia - the Snowies 600.
An SR has a maximum time limit of 50 hours (not the usual 40) and the time limit is increased with each additional 500m of climbing. The ride is completely unsupported, and unlike a normal permanent, there are no individual checkpoint times.
The route is: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3901921 . The ride is a 605km loop out of Cooma and has just over 10,000m of climbing, hence 50 hours limit. (Climbing is verified by openrunner website, ridwithgps will give different figures). Cooma-Dalgety-Jindabyne-Charlotte Pass-Thredbo-Khancoban-Corryong-Walwa-Tumbarumba-Cabramurra-Adaminaby-Cooma.