Have you ever heard of the 600km ‘Only for Softies’, the ‘Spa Trek’ or even the ‘Still Seething After All These Years’ events? Welcome to the world of Audax.
The Audax is a bike ride, organised by a volunteer, often a CTC local group, and run under the administration of Audax UK, or the international equivalent.
They’re non-competitive events in that no times are published, and no placings are given. There’s a minimum average speed limit, and also a maximum average speed limit, usually around 18mph.
But while it might be non-competitive, Audax is one of the most challenging disciplines there is. There’s no sportive that will require you to spend 40+ hours in the saddle and tackle 8000 metres of climbing in the rain.