These are rides over fixed routes with control points, often at cafes where you can stop for refreshment.
The routes, in the main, stick to quiet roads and country lanes.
They are very similar to a Sunday Club run and are an excellent way of exploring the countryside away from home.
They are not competitive; the control points must be attained at a time equivalent to riding at least 15 kph and no more than 30kph (including stops for refreshment).
Unlike Sportives, individual times are not published. The emphasis is on completing a pleasant ride under your own steam using a route sheet supplied by the organisers; there are no markings on the road to assist you.
The audaxes vary in distance from 50 to 800 km. Most Club members usually undertake either 100 or 200 km.
For hardened long distance riders, the big event in the calendar is the Paris-Brest-Paris, 1200 km. Two club members, Graham Haysom and Billy Weir, have completed this event. In addition, Billy has ridden the London-Edinburgh-London.
The calendar of events can be found at http://www.audax.uk.net/.
By Mike Ormerod, August 2009