Audax Australia offers a wide variety of rides for differing club member preferences, skills and capabilities. These include:
Calendar and Permanent rides contain many ride types:
The mainstay of Australia’s long-distance cycling are Brevets Randonneur Mondiaux, certified by Audax Club Parisien as part of the international network of randonneuring nations, les Randonneurs Mondiaux.
brevets on sealed surfaces of 1200 km or such longer distance as may be approved by the National Committee and registered with LRM.
Brevet UAF rides are ridden as a group under the control of a captain, normally at a 22.5kph riding average.
Both the Flèche and the Petit Flèche are calendared team events in which riders set
their own course to a common meeting place determined each year by Audax Australia.
Brevet Australia rides are ratified by Audax Australia and cannot be used for international awards.
Brevet Dirt are off-road rides, ratified by Audax Australia and cannot be used for international awards.
Brevet Gravel or Mixed terrain rides. They are ratified by Audax Australia and cannot be used for international awards.
A Raid is a multi-day long-distance cycling experience and can be ridden at any time and normally in either direction.
Riders must carry their route card with them at all times. Riders must have it stamped at the locations shown on their route directions. If no stamp is available, riders should have an independent person sign and date the card.
Participants must not ride during darkness. Participants riding between sunset and sunrise will not have their achievement recognised and will be considered to be no longer taking part in the Raid event.
If a rider leaves the route specified by the club at any time, they must rejoin it where they left it to proceed. Riders can use any facilities along the route. A rider may arrange for another person to provide the rider with private support during the Raid and may receive support from that person at only one place each day. Vehicles must not “shadow” participants. In case of emergency, any necessary assistance should be given.
Upon completion of the Raid, riders must return their route card within 14 days to the club for it to be recognised. Only correctly completed route cards will be recognised.
Raids can be ridden anytime during their respective open season and in either direction. Riders must nominate their starting date and place on the entry form. Payment must accompany the entry. A cancellation fee may be applied to riders whose route card and route directions have already been sent.
The Super Randonnée is a special class of permanent introduced by Audax Club Parisien. It is a mountainous 600km permanent with at least 10,000m of climbing. No support is allowed on the ride. SRs are administered directly by ACP but are run by Audax Australia Ride Organisers.
Riders can elect to either of two classes;
The rules of the Super Randonnée are different than any other ride. You should familiarise yourself with the official rules. The differences include;
It is the rider’s duty to understand and comply with the rules. In addition, the rules of Audax Australia must be complied with. A brevet card must be carried and completed, and a frame badge is fixed to the bike and must be visible in all photographs which are taken to prove the route is completed.
Three Super Randonnée rides exist in Australia.
The first Super Randonnée in the southern hemisphere! This ride is extremely challenging not just because it is a Super Randonnée, but also because it contains a high portion of unsealed roads and passes through some remote territory. You should be confident of your ability before undertaking this ride.
The Snowies is a 603km loop that starts and ends in Cooma, NSW. The ride crosses the Monaro plains through Dalgety to the gateway to the ski resorts at Jindabyne. Here the climbing really starts with Guthega, Charlotte Pass, then Thredbo Alpine Village, crossing the range at Dead Horse Gap entering into Victoria via Corryong, then Walwa. Riders then cross the Murray River back into NSW at Jingellic. Climbing resumes, up to Tumbarumba, and takes the winding mountain road up to Cabramurra, the highest town in Australia. The route back to Cooma is via Adaminaby on the shores of Lake Eucembene.Start Location: Cooma, NSW
The Basin 600 comprises a series of out-and-backs and loops covering a number of the more popular and iconic Victorian climbs in and close to the Dandenong Ranges, Warburton and Healesville region. The ride includes Baw Baw, Lake Mountain, Donna Buang, Chum Creek, Kinglake, and The Dandenongs.