San Fairy Ann has established itself as an Audax friendly club through the events we promote and the attitude of our riders on Audax events.
Our club Audax trophy is keenly contested with a different winner in each of the first 3 years. We have club riders entering many of the local events as well as those further afield and overseas, such as the iconic London Edinburgh London and Paris Brest Paris.
Each year we organise ten events in Kent from 50km to 300km on four dates. In 2020 the first two have been cancelled because of Covid-19 though we still hope to run the second two if it is permitted and safe:
29 March Man of Kent
21 June Fairies Flat Five
19 July Medway Marvellous
18 Oct Fairies Crown rides
In addition, in the month of May each year, (except 2020 when it was cancelled because of Covid-19) the Club hosts a very popular Sportive in aid of Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. Click HERE for more details.
WHAT IS AUDAX?
An Audax is a longer distance bike ride which participants attempt to complete within the prescribed time. 200km in a day is a popular distance but other events are run from 50km right up to 1400km.
A route is designed by an organiser who then issues a routesheet (and normally a gpx file too) from start to finish via the required controls. These controls or checkpoints are included on the route in order to ensure the minimum distance is ridden and are often in cafes.
Audax is about self-sufficiency: there is no route signing and you ride under your own steam. There is no sag wagon to collect riders who pack or suffer a mechanical breakdown.
On the day, each rider is issued with a Brevet Card which is used by controllers to register the rider's passage through the control. Information controls are used in locations without controllers e.g. name of house on corner or a distance on a signpost. The answers are then marked on the Brevet card.
Participants are free to cycle at their own pace, stop or rest wherever they want and are not obliged to ride together in a group but can instead form groups as they wish. Because of this it tends to be more social that a sportive. And Audax is a non-competitive discipline: success in an event is measured by its completion. Successful completions are recorded by Audax UK.
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