Audax Australia offers long distance cyclists a variety of riding options from 50 to 1200km. Audax rides are not races but are time limited, with riders required to finish within the specified time for that distance and ride type to be successful.
Most rides are on our calendar - scheduled for a particular day and time. The Calendar is available on line with full searching functions. Members also receive a hardcopy of our annual Rides Calendar booklet.Calendared rides include 200 – 1000 km Brevets Randonneurs Mondiaux, 100 – 1000 km Brevets Union des Audax Francais , and special 1200 km events held annually or less often and ratified by les Randonneurs Mondiaux. Each year, Australia runs an All day Trial – known in Australia as the Fleche Opperman after our late patron, Sir Hubert Opperman. All these rides have international status and may be used for international awards.
Audax Australia's calendar includes Brevet Australia events.These offerthe shorter distances of 50,100 and 150km and may also be up to 1000km. We also run Dirt Rides of 35,70 and 100km. These events are ratifies locally and may be used for some Australian awards.
Other rides can be ridden at a time and date of your choosing. They include Raids and Permanents. These brevets are not internationally recognised and are not qualifiers for international rides (eg Paris-Brest-Paris) or international awards (eg Audax Club Parisien's Randonneur 5000 award). However, they are also ratified locally and may be used for some Australian award
The mainstay of Audax Australia long distance cycling, Brevets Randonneurs Mondiaux (BRMs) are 200km, 300km, 400km, 600km and 1,000 km long. They are run in all Regions under the auspices of the Audax Club Parisien ,with whom we are affiliated. Riders participate as individuals and set their own pace to finish within a specified time limit. Riders may ride alone or with other similarly paced riders. They are recognised internationally by les Randonneurs Mondiaux
Brevet UAF rides are ridden as a group under the control of a captain, normally at a 22.5kph riding average. They are known in Europe as Euraudax. BUAF brevets are generally 100km, 200km, 300km, 400km, 600km and 1,000 km long and are registered with Union des Audax Français (UAF) (link) and eligible for UAF awards. Brevets greater than 300km have longer scheduled stops at night. The longest regularly held Euraudax brevet is the Paris-Brest-Paris Audax, run every five years by the UAF.
The shorter distances of 50, 100 and 150 km are offered as Brevet Australia rides and ratified by Audax Australia. Longer rides may also be offered as BA rides, especially any falling outside the standard ride length for which strict time limits apply.
Off road rides are offered in 35, 70 and 100 km series. They are ratified by Audax Australia.
Raids are multi day long distance cycling experiences and can be ridden at anytime and normally in either direction. Register for the ride with the Raids Brevet Secretary and get your brevet signed at the appropriate locations.
Brevet Permanents were introduced by Audax Australia in 2008/9. They suit members who for whatever reason are unable to ride the calendar events, visiting another area, or need the discipline of riding a brevet. They are intended for experienced randonneurs and only Audax Australia members can enter.
The Super Randonnée is a special class of permanent introduced by Audax Club Parisien in 2009. It is a mountainous 600km permanent with at least 10,000m of climbing. No support is allowed on the ride. Due to the amount of climbing the normal time restrictions are increased to 50 hours, and the time increases as the climbing increases. SRs are administered directly by ACP, but are run by local Ride Organisers who are Audax Australia members.