Welcome to the SWRC Audax page.

The information on this page is about Long Distance Cycling, sometimes called Randonneuring, but in this country is known as Audaxing.

Audax events are cycling rides held over standard distances 100km, 200km, 300km etc and for each distance there is a maximum time in which to complete the distance. Generally this is based on an overall speed of 15kph (9.4mph) which includes all the stops during the ride. Each rider carries a brevet card during the event which their overall finish time is recorded but no result times are publish, only which riders have completed the ride within the time. For a 200km (125mile) event the maximum time is 13.5 hours. The list of events shown on this page has some SWRC members riding in them.

The SWRC clubruns are not too dissimilar to a 100km audax, and with a little extra planning, preparation and determination most club riders could complete a 200km audax.

During the winter months (Oct-Mar) there are only a handful of local events to ride so SWRC member Jeff Ellingham will lead what are called DIY events over similar distances. A DIY audax ride can take place any day of the week (weather dependent) starting in Esher, opposite Giro café, or Witley Rail station near Milford. Notification of these are via the SWRC Audax WhatsApp group which Chris Ball administers. 

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 As with events there will be a GPX file issued beforehand and at least two café stops during the ride. These start earlier and finish later than a clubrun so good lights and a hi-viz jackets are essential during the winter.

During the summer months Jeff also plans to carry on with the DIY events, although there are many more events to ride on the Audax Calendar.

Jeff Ellingham sends out a weekly group notification and you can join this by contacting him at his  e-mail address.

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Only a few SWRC members have ever completed the Paris-Brest-Paris PBP 1200km Audax. They are:

Brian Morrison  1975.    Ken Dolman  1987. Dave Lucas 1987.   Mike Wood  1999.    Paul Alderson  2003  2007  2011  2015  2019.    Matthew Scholes  2011  2015.    Alan Parkinson  2011  2015  2019.    Nick Allen  2015  2019.    Robert Imrie  2019.    Clare Liley  2019.    Helen Millier  2019.    Edel Costello  2019(DNF).    John Duckworth  2019(DNF)

Well done to all those that rode in 2019.

Some Useful Links below:

Edel,  Helen and Clare have all completed  the Gold Standard Super Randonneur award in 2019.
It consists of a ride series: 200 km, 300 km, 400 km, 600 km, all completed in the same Randonneur year.

edel helen and clare

Some of the regular members at the start of a weekend 600km audax in 2019

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A 200km audax during 2018

A 200km audax during 2018

A 300km audax during 2018

A 200km audax during 2018

Jeff and Chris organise summer DIY audax rides

 

A 200km audax during 2018

Cycling through Henley on Thames on the Gently Gently audax 2018

Dorset Coast audax April 2016
Dorset Coast audax during April 2016
 
Dorset Coast audax April 2016
Wessex 2 day, 600km audax during May 2016
Dorset Coast audax April 2016
The 4 day 1200km, Highlands audax during July 2016

 

 

All Audax Rides

27 Oct
The Petworth End of Summer Time 200
27/10/2019 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

204km cycling event starting from Pound Street Car Park, Petworth, W Sussex. Controls at Imm Before Lancing College / A27 T/Lts, Pease Pottage Service Station, Hampers Green Community Centre, On R Petrol Station Opp Churchers College Petersfield and Hampers Green Community Centre., plus 3 information controls.

2 Nov
Upper Thames
02/11/2019 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

209km cycling event starting from Cholsey, E of Didcot. Controls at Waterperry, Chipping Norton and Cholsey., plus 4 information controls.

7 Dec
The South of Bucks Winter Warmer
07/12/2019 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

208km cycling event starting from Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, HP9 2SE. Controls at Alton, Pangbourne, Wheatley M40 Services and Finish., plus 3 information controls.