Audax UK

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Audax UK or AUK is a British cycling club that oversees randonneuring (long-distance cycling) in the United Kingdom.[1] It was formed in 1976 to help British riders complete the qualifying rides for entry to the Paris-Brest-Paris randonee.[2] Audax UK is recognised by Audax Club Parisien as the official brevet-coordinating organization for the United Kingdom. Audax UK members sometimes informally describe themselves as AUKs.

As of 2016, Audax UK had approximately 7,000 members. The calendar of events is open to all riders, whether they are Audax UK members or not. The official magazine, Arrivée, is published four times per year.

Rides[edit]

There are three main types of rides:

  • Calendar rides are organised with some similarities to sportives, although with more emphasis on self-sufficiency.
  • Permanent rides allow a rider to ride a designated route on a day of their choice. The routes have usually been used for calendar events in the past.
  • DIY events allow the rider to choose both the route (which must be validated by "proof of passage" or a GPS track) and the day of the ride.

The notable calendar rides include London–Edinburgh–London; the National 400; the Bryan Chapman Memorial, a 600km ride held in Wales; and the Mille Pennines, a 1000km ride held in Northern England.

National 400[edit]

The National is a 400km "flagship" event originally organised by the CTC. This was re-established in 2012 and takes place in different locations each year:

Arrows[edit]

The Easter Arrow and Summer Arrow are team events in the Flèche style, in which teams converge on York.

Awards[edit]

Audax UK allow members to qualify for numerous awards. The tables below describe the achievements required to receive one. All distances are in kilometres (km).

Distance Awards[edit]

Award Name 50k 100k 150k 200k 300k 400k 500k 600k 1000k 1200k+ E2E PBP LEL 24TE Timespan Notes
50k (M/CB) Y N/A
100k (M/CB) Y N/A
150k (M/CB) Y N/A
200k (M/CB) Y N/A
300k (M/CB) Y N/A
400k (M/CB) Y N/A
600k (M/CB) Y N/A
1000k (M/CB) Y N/A

Randonneur Awards[edit]

Award Name 50k 100k 150k 200k 300k 400k 500k 600k 1000k 1200k+ E2E PBP LEL 24TE Timespan Notes
Randonneur 500 Y Y Y Y 1 season
Randonneur 1000 Y Y Y 1 season see note 1
Super Randonneur (M) Y Y Y Y 1 season see note 2
Super Randonneur 2000 (M) Y Y Y Y Y 1 season
Randonneur 5000 (CB) Audax events totalling 5,000 km 1 season
Randonneur 10000 (CB) Audax events totalling 10,000 km 1 season

Brevet Awards[edit]

Award Name 50k 100k 150k 200k 300k 400k 500k 600k 1000k 1200k+ E2E PBP LEL 24TE Timespan Notes
Brevet 500 x5 1 season see note 3
Brevet 1000 (M) x10 infinite see note 4
Brevet 2000 x20 infinite see note 5
Brevet 3000 events totalling 3000 km infinite
Brevet 4000 (CB) x20 infinite
Brevet 5000 (M) Y Y Y Y Y either Y 4 years see note 6
Brevet 25000 (CB) x3 x3 x3 x3 Y Y either Y 6 years see note 7

Special Awards[edit]

Award Name 50k 100k 150k 200k 300k 400k 500k 600k 1000k 1200k+ E2E PBP LEL 24TE Timespan Notes
Randonneur Round the Year (CB) x12 infinite see note 8
International Super Randonneur (CB) Y Y Y Y infinite see note 9
Bronze Grimpeur (M) any Audax event worth ¼ to ½ AAA point N/A
Silver Grimpeur (M) any Audax event worth ¾ to 1¾ AAA points N/A
Gold Grimpeur (M) any Audax event worth 2 or more AAA points N/A
Audax Altitude Award (M/CB) accumulation of 12 or more AAA points, i.e. 20,000m of climbing infinite
AAA Triple Award (CB) accumulation of 3 Audax Altitude Awards infinite
AAA 3x3 Award (CB) accumulation of 3 AAA Triple Awards infinite

Key[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. plus 400 km of additional Audax events
  2. longer Audax events may substitute for shorter ones
  3. alternatively, 2x100km and 2x150km Audax events
  4. 10 rides include rides ridden in Brevet 500; alternatively, 5x200km Audax events in one Season
  5. alternatively, 10x200km Audax events
  6. plus additional Audax events to top up to 5000 km
  7. plus additional Audax events to top up to 25000 km; 200k, 300k, 400k and 600k rides are officially defined as a Super Randonneur series and as such longer events may substitute for shorter ones of these
  8. must complete at least 1 Audax event in each calendar month
  9. each event must take place in a different country; additional levels of the award also exist, e.g.: ISR(2C) if they are held between 2 continents

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