What is Audax?
An Audax is a long-distance cycling event that uses a system of timed checkpoints to validate and record the rides. Audax races are organised by clubs and individuals, under the supervision of Audax UK, the internationally recognised long-distance cycling association in the UK.
There's something for everybody and events start from 50km (about 32 miles) and go all the way up to 1400km (about 875 miles), and even this is not the limit because there are set routes, known as 'Permanents', which span the length and breadth of the country and go up to 3200km.
So whether you’re a newbie looking for your first Audax or an experienced racer looking for an early season race check out our comprehensive 2021 Audax race list below: you’ll find a find a race that’s perfect for you.
You can also check out a list of international cycling trips and breaks here.
What’s the difference between BR and BP events?
BR (Brevets de Randonneurs) is the standard ride. These are usually of a distance of 200km or over and are set a maximum time allowed by the organisers.
BP (Brevets Populaires) are shorter distance races and make for a good starting point for riders new to Audax.
Do I need a particular type of bike to take part?
There are no specific regulations on what type of bike is permitted for use, however, it is important that your chosen bicycle is well maintained and comfortable for the length of the ride.
What are Audax events like?
Unlike many longer distance cycling events, Audax events are not considered races. Riders of all abilities and experience levels are welcome with courses offering a range of terrains from challenging hill climbs to scenic flatter routes. Audax events truly are for the love of cycling!