This article was published in 2012, in Newsletter 103.
CTC Cambridge is running three audaxes on 2 September 2012.
What’s an audax?
It’s an organised form of long-distance cycle touring where riders aim to visit a sequence of checkpoints within a time limit by following a sheet of directions. It’s not a race: some riders go fast for their own satisfaction, and others take it easy and squeak in at the last moment.
Successful rides are validated by the supervising club, Audax UK (www.aukweb.net), and rides of 200km or more gain points towards the club’s annual championship.
All three rides start from the Orchard Community Centre in Orchard Park on the north side of Cambridge. The rides explore the countryside to the west of Cambridge, visiting St Ives and returning to Orchard Park via National Cycle Route 51.
There’s a choice of three distances:
200km (124 miles) £5
Starting at 08:00, this ride takes a loop around Bedford, visiting Old Warden, Newport Pagnell, and Olney, crossing the Ouse four times, and returning to Orchard Park before 21:24.
The gently rolling countryside of Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire should make this a fast ride for experienced randonneurs, and also a good choice for first-timers.
If you’re regularly riding distances of 100km (60 miles) or more, then you should consider giving this distance a try. For more details, and to sign up, go to www.aukweb.net/events/detail/12-600/
100km (62 miles) £4
Starting at 09:00, this ride visits Wareseley, St Neots, Little Staughton, and Grafham Water, crossing the Ouse four times, and returning to Orchard Park before 15:48. For more details, and to sign up, go to www.aukweb.net/events/detail/12-413/
50km (31 miles) £4
Starting at 10:00, this ride for beginners takes a loop through the Hemingfords and across the Ouse meadows to Houghton Mill. It has a relaxed time limit, returning to Orchard Park before 14:00. For more details, and to sign up, go to www.aukweb.net/events/detail/12-683/
The entry fee pays for the hire of the Community Centre, the validation of the ride, and for some food and drink before the ride. Please sign up for the rides on the Audax UK website, or contact me if you have any questions.