Audax cycling is a type of event where riders cycle along predefined course within a specified time limit. Audax events are not races and therefore not competitive but the challenge is to overcome the distance and the terrain and get back safely.

Riders need to be self-sufficient and carry everything they need for the long haul including tools, spares and lights for longer events. They carry a route card (brevet card) which is stamped at various intervals along the route to certify that the rider has completed the route properly and within the average speed limits. Organisers often offer food stops, normally at a cafe or village hall, where riders can rest, refuel and get their Brevet Card stamped. These the stops are called 'Controls'. On longer events, normally those over 300 km, the organiser may lay on somewhere to sleep.

Riders are given a route sheet or a GPS file to follow and keep to the route as they sometimes need to answer questions in addition to getting their Brevet Card stamped at Controls to validate their ride.Riders start together but are free to ride as they wish during the event, in small or large groups or alone. Riding with others is easier as riders alternate at taking turns at the front to protect the others from the wind. Many events, especially those in Dorset, are often quite hilly and riding in a group is harder as individual riders have different rates of climbing.

Audax cycling events originated in Europe and therefore are measured in kilometres (km). Standard distances include: 50, 100, 200, 300, 400 and 600 km with some events of up to 1400 km.

Audax is thriving in the UK and events take place throughout the year right across the country - there's no 'off season' in Audax.

For more information about Audax and Audax UK, the governing body in the United Kingdom go to the Audax UK website.