Sportives and Audax
Riding an Audax
An Audax is simply an organised long distance ride, with typical distances between 50km and 1500km.
They are not races, but have to be completed at an average speed of (normally) between 15kph and 30kph. You are given a routesheet and navigate yourself – there are no marshals or route markings. There are usually a few controls - simple questions to prove you been there, or you call in at cafe/shop stops
Routes are designed by locals to avoid traffic and to see the best of the English countryside.
FCCC member Matt, who rides long-distance Audaxes, has written an excellent introduction document which is attached (in Word and .pdf formats) to the article here. Information on events which may be of interest to members is posted in the forums.