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Audax UK or AUK is a British cycling club that oversees randonneuring (long-distance cycling) in the United Kingdom. It was formed in 1976 to help British riders complete the qualifying rides for entry to the Paris-Brest-Paris randonee. 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.
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.
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:
- 2012 - East Anglia
- 2013 - West Country
- 2014 - Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines
- 2015 - Scottish Highlands
- 2016 - Cheshire and Wales
- 2017 - Mid Wales and the Marches
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).
|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 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|
|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|
- 1200k+ - another ride of 1200 km or more not including PBP or LEL
- E2E - End 2 End (aka Land's End to John o' Groats)
- PBP - Paris–Brest–Paris
- LEL - London–Edinburgh–London
- 24TE - 24-hour Team Event
- (M) - Medal available
- (CB) - Cloth Badge available
- (M/CB) - Medal and Cloth Badge available
- plus 400 km of additional Audax events
- longer Audax events may substitute for shorter ones
- alternatively, 2x100km and 2x150km Audax events
- 10 rides include rides ridden in Brevet 500; alternatively, 5x200km Audax events in one Season
- alternatively, 10x200km Audax events
- plus additional Audax events to top up to 5000 km
- 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
- must complete at least 1 Audax event in each calendar month
- 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
- Audax UK (2011). Audax UK Handbook 2011. Ashford, UK: Invicta Press. Retrieved 2012-02-02.