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.  An Audax can be ridden by a group of riders, with a team captain, all riding together, or can be ridden completly on you own.  However, the term "audax" is often used to describe randonnees as well. 

Audax events are cycling rides held over standard distances 100km, 200km, 300km, 400km & 600km.  For each distance there is a maximum time in which to complete the distance. Generally a 200km is a winter challenge and you have 13.5hrs to complete. Most 300km audaxes start taking place in the spring and you have 20hrs to complete.  A 600km audax is a summer weekend event, usually starting at 6am on Saturday morning and have to be completed by 10pm on Sunday evening (40hrs). If you complete all four distances 200-600km is one year, you get to call yourself a Super Randoneur SR, and is a great challenge.

Generally time 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.

A SWRC DIY audax ride can take place any day of the week (weather dependent). Notification of these are via the SWRC SPOND or WhatsApp Audax group or contating Alan Parkinson. 

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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.

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 (6)  2003  2007  2011  2015  2019  2023. 
Alan Parkinson (4)  2011  2015  2019  2023. 
Nick Allen (3)  2015  2019  2023.   
Matthew Scholes  2011  2015.   
Robert Imrie  2019  2023. 
Clare Liley  2019.   
Helen Millier  2019. 
Jackie Townsend  2023. 
Bryan Butterworth  2023.  
Edel Costello  2019 (DNF).
John Duckworth  2019 (DNF). 

Well done to all those six that completed PBP in 2023.

Some Useful Links below:

Jackie Townsend completed two SR series in 2023, one being the tough Wessex SR, some photos from the 2023 series.
IMG 1102  IMG 1095
 
IMG 1096

 Clare Liley rode the Welsh 400 in 2023

Clare 400km

Clare Liley and Alan Parkinson rode the Welsh 600km in 2023

welsh 600km 1  welsh 600km 2  

welsh 600km 3  

welsh 600km 4

Helen and Clare completed their Super Randonneur series: 200 km, 300 km,400 km, 600 km, in 2019 and went on to complete Paris-Brest-Paris 1200km that same year

 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

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

 

 

Club Runs

Club runs are advertised using the Spond app. Please contact Ride Leader to be added to relevant Ride Group

See Audax UK website for details of Audax Events