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.
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 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.