About Audax Rides

Last Modified: 16/11/2019

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.

These are displayed in the Permanents Search. Register 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.

  • Flèche is at least 360 km in 24 hours
  • Petit Flèche is at least 180 km in 14 hours

Brevet Australia rides are ratified by Audax Australia and cannot be used for international awards.

  • Calendar events only
  • The shorter distances of 50 km, 100 km, and 150 km
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Brevet Dirt are off-road rides, ratified by Audax Australia and cannot be used for international awards.

  • Calendar and Permanent 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 and Permanent rides
  • Distances are generally 50 km, 100 km, 200 km, 300 km, 400 km, and 600 km long
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A Raid is a multi-day long-distance cycling experience and can be ridden at any time and normally in either direction.

Rule 1 – Route cards

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.

Rule 2 – Night Riding

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.

Rule 3 – Support and Route

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.

Rule 4 – Ratification

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.

Rule 5 – Entry

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;

  • 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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