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A long-distance cycling event where riders aim to complete a course within a specified time frame, including all breaks. The emphasis is on endurance and self-sufficiency rather than speed.

Example usage: Let's ride an Audax this weekend!

Most used in: Europe, especially in France and Italy.

Most used by: Serious cyclists and those looking for a challenge.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 3/10

Also see: Randonneuring, Brevet, Permanent, Populaire,


What is Audax Cycling?

Audax cycling is a form of cycling that originated in Italy. It is a long-distance cycling event that involves participants completing a route of between 200 and 600km within a set time limit. Audax rides are typically unsupported, meaning that riders must be self-sufficient and carry all the necessary equipment, such as spare parts, tools, and food. The focus of Audax is on completing the ride rather than achieving a fast time, and riders often ride together in small groups or pairs.

Audax riders must be members of the Audax Club Parisien (ACP) or a local Audax organisation. To become an ACP member, riders must complete a minimum of 200km within a set time limit. The ACP also has an annual event called the Paris-Brest-Paris, which is a 1200km event held every four years.

Audax cycling has become increasingly popular in recent years, with the number of participants in the Paris-Brest-Paris event increasing from 2,912 in 2011 to 8,948 in 2019. It is a great way for cyclists to challenge themselves and experience the joy of completing a long-distance cycling event.

The Origin of the Term 'Audax' in Cycling

The term 'Audax' has been used in relation to cycling since the early 1900s. It originates from the Latin word for 'bold' or 'daring', and was first used to describe a specific type of cycling event.

Audax cycling events originated in Italy and France in the early 1900s. The first Audax events were time-limited rides, typically lasting between 200km and 600km. The goal of these rides was to cover the distance in a set amount of time, with riders having to complete the journey within a certain number of hours.

The term Audax was then adopted by the British in the 1920s and 1930s. It was used to describe a form of long-distance cycling where riders would race against the clock. This type of event was known as the 'Audax Ride' and was often held over distances of 200 miles or more.

Today, the term Audax is used to describe any type of long-distance cycling event, whether it is a race against the clock or a leisurely tour. It is also used to refer to any type of cycling that involves tackling long distances with a sense of adventure and daring.

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