Welcome to long distance cycling in SA

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100km → 200km  → 300km → 400km → 600km → PBP/LEL

The spirit of Audax is that of a self-supporting ride on any form of human powered vehicle either alone or with others whilst maintaining an average speed of between 15 and 30 kph, from start to finish and in between control points.

This is for you

To all long distance cyclists; potential Paris–Brest–Paris participants (2015); Audax Randonneurs; those who want to leave the herd and ‘do their own thing’ – with or without others → The Audax Randonneurs concept is for you.

What does AURASAN stand for?

  • AU – Audax
  • RA – Randonneurs
  • SA – South Africa
  • N – North (so one could have other divisions as well)

Super Randonneur status

A distinctive medal displaying the Audax Randonneurs South African Emblem will be awarded to each finisher, regardless of distance. Finish any 6 of the events and you will receive a special plaque on which to mount the six medals. Completion of a 200, 300, 400 & 600 km event from this programme constitutes Super Randonneur status and will qualify for a Special Medal.

This is not a race

Audax events are basically long distance; 200km plus, self-supporting rides which must be ridden at an average of between 15 and 30 km/hr from start to finish and between control points, where your control card will be signed. They are not races. Support vehicles are not permitted to follow the riders but may provide support at the control points.

Safety in numbers

You may ride alone, with a team, or join others or groups during the ride. However, for safety reasons, it is better to cycle with company. The only stipulation is that the route is completed entirely under your own power. Friends on bikes as company, who have not entered the event, will lead to non-authorisation of your effort – no badge!

Non-marshalled routes

The route is not marshalled. You will receive a route card and a control card before the event: All rules of the road must be obeyed and the wearing of helmets is compulsory. Control points are usually at garages or cafes, where this is not the case water and some sustenance will be available.

Wikipedia says

Audax is a cycling sport in which participants attempt to cycle long distances within a pre-defined time limit. Audax is a non-competitive sport: success in an event is measured by its completion. Audax has its origins in Italian endurance sports of the late nineteenth century, and the rules were formalised in France in the early twentieth century. In the present day, there are two forms of Audax:

Style Name Governed by
Original group-riding style Euraudax Unions des Audax
Free-paced style Randonneuring Audax Club Parisien

The original form is mostly popular in France, but also in Holland, Belgium and Germany. Randonneuring is popular in many countries.

And once you’ve completed the relatively shorter local rides, within a calendar year, you’ll obtain Super Randonneur status and be invited to do one of the 1200km or longer rides, such as the PBP or LEL.

See what it’s like

Take this 45min journey through the 2011 Paris-Brest-Paris: