About Audax Rides

Last Modified: 29/06/2020

Audax Australia offers a wide variety of rides for differing club member preferences, skills and capabilities. These include:

  • Social rides, typically 50 to 100 km
  • Long distance rides, typically between 200 to 1200 km
  • Rides over road, gravel and mixed terrain.

Calendar Rides

Each region organizes and runs scheduled rides. These are displayed in the Audax Calendar. Register to go to the Regional Registration Calendar.

Permanent Rides

Brevet Permanents can be ridden anytime. They are intended for experienced randonneurs and only Audax Australia members can enter.

To search and register for Permanent Rides to go to the Permanents Register.

Ride Types

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.

  • Calendar (BA) and Permanent (BP) rides
  • Nominal distances of 50 km, 100 km, 150 km, 200 km, 300 km, 400 km, 600 km or 1000 km
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Brevet Dirt are off-road rides, ratified by Audax Australia and cannot be used for international awards.

  • Calendar (BD) and Permanent (BPD) rides
  • Typical distances are 35 km, 70 km, and 100 km
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Brevet Gravel or Mixed terrain rides. They are ratified by Audax Australia and cannot be used for international awards.

  • Calendar (BG) and Permanent (BPG) rides
  • Distances are nominally 50 km, 100 km, 200 km, 300 km, 400 km, 600 km or 1000 km
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Audax Australia’s RAIDs are in the spirit of cycle touring with the Pyrenees and Alps RAIDs as prime examples. Similar to European RAIDs, Australian RAIDs should showcase inspiring cycle touring routes in Australia. Some of the Iconic RAIDs proposed include:

  • The Mawson Trail – 900 km from Adelaide to Blinman SA
  • Munda Biddi Trail – 1100 km from Mundaring to Albany WA
  • Murray River RAID – 1740 km from Thredbo NSW to Adelaide SA
  • The Great Ocean Road RAID – 1100 km from Adelaide SA to Melbourne Vic

Summary of Updated RAID Rides

  • The Audax Australia Ride Rules include updated RAID rules
  • Calendar Brevet RAIDs (BR) and Brevet Permanent RAIDs (BPR) can now be created and registered for in the portal. ROs should start planning their RAIDs
  • The Audax Australia Award Policy has been updated as RAIDs now count for annual and lifetime cumulative distance awards.

Summary of Updated RAID Rules

  • Controls should be planned for one per day.
  • There are no time limits on intermediate checkpoints.
  • Minimum RAID distance is 400 km.
  • RAID distance should average between 100 km and 200 km each day over the route.
    Note: this does not prevent a rider from completing less than 100 km or more than 200 km in a day
  • RAIDs on unsealed routes maybe 50% of the minimum / maximum distances per day for the unsealed segment of the route

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;

  • Tourist – a minimum average of 75 km per day over consecutive days (7-day limit) – more like touring in hilly countryside, or
  • Randonneur – with a 60-hour time limit to complete the route. The time limit is more than a normal permanent. There are checkpoints en route but unlike a traditional brevet ride the checkpoints do not have cutoff times, the only time restriction for the brevet is the finish time.

The rules of the Super Randonnée are different than any other ride. You should familiarise yourself with the official rules. The differences include;

  • time limits,
  • requirements for photographs for proof, and
  • no support allowed.

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.  

Australian Super Randonnées

Three Super Randonnée rides exist in Australia.

Victoria High Plains

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.

Snowies

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 Super Randonnée

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.

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