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Postby davelakers » Sun Oct 21, 2007 18:47 pm

Can someone please explain, in simple terms, what Audax means?

While Im at it, is a sportive just a long organised bike ride?

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Check the web site

Postby jimwin » Tue Nov 13, 2007 23:05 pm


This link gives it all really. Times are recorded but not published. It's not a race but there are min and max time limits. The max speed is typically 30kph (18.6mph) but courses typically challenging rather than for flat-out speed. Oh - and fees are a fraction of the typical sportif (typically less than a fiver). The mudguard requirement has been relaxed (though many courses really do need them). In short, they're great stuff. Go on. Try one.

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Postby Bronzie » Wed Nov 14, 2007 09:59 am

The main difference is that sportives tend to have route marking (directional arrows to follow) whilst audaxes require you to follow route instructions given to you at the start. I know some people who need glasses to read that are not keen on audaxes as it means they have to keep stop to read the instructions.

The best description of the difference between the events I've seen is that "In sportives, the riders are pretending they are in a race, but in audaxes, the riders are pretending they are not!" :wink:

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