An Audax ride – known internationally as a Randonnée – is a cycle ride that has to be completed within a set time limit, including any stops to eat or rest. In most cases, riders have to maintain a minimum speed of 15km/h (some particularly long or hilly rides have a slightly lower minimum speed) and importantly a maximum speed of 30km/h. That’s a little under 10mph and 20mph in Imperial measures.
We are putting on our own Audax in 2022
It’s not a race and individual riders’ times are not published; if you finish within the time limit, you’ve succeeded.
Riders are expected to be self-sufficient. That doesn’t mean that you have to ride alone or that you can’t call on the services of a village blacksmith to help weld your frame back together, should the worst happen, but you navigate for yourself and if you do have any mechanical problems along the way, it’s down to you to sort them or get yourself home.
Some rides offer food along the way; more often, you’ll be finding your own sources of fuel, from cafes and pubs to village shops and service stations.