What is Audax?

In the simplest terms, it is non-competive long-distance cycling.

Non-competitive?
To complete an audax event you'll need to ride the course between predefined 'controls' (checkpoints) within a maximum time limit.   Even if you arrive one minute before the cut-off time, your ride is just as 'good' as that of the rider who completed the course in half the time.  There are no "Gold", "Silver" and "Bronze" standards here.

Long Distance?
Audax events in the UK are anything from 50km to 1300km and beyond, although we usually define 'long-distance' as being rides of at least 200km.

What else?
It's fun, it's friendly, it costs less than most cycling events, and you can ride any kind of cycle.

About Audax UK

Audax United Kingdom is the internationally recognised long-distance cycling association in the UK.

Usually referred to as Audax UK or AUK, it was established in 1976.
AUK oversees the running of non-competitive, long-distance cycling events in the UK, and, using a system of timed checkpoints, validates and records every successful ride.

Audax UK is a non-profit organisation and provides its members with :

  • A quarterly A4 magazine, called Arrivée, packed with information, event updates, letters, stories and photographs.
  • A web site giving up-to-date details of events and results.
  • A members Forum where you can help and advice from experienced members.
  • Inclusion in the AUK Awards and Championships structure.
  • 3rd-party insurance while participating in AUK events.
  • And the warm glow you get from belonging to the world's largest long-distance cycling club.

To get an idea of what it's like to ride one of our events (and they are all very different) have a look in the news & features pages.

If you want to try it for yourself go to the calendar pages to find a suitable event, and look at the Hints & Tips section to know how to get ready for your ride.

If you'd like to learn more about the origins and history of AUK look here.  

Finally, take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions if you've a question we've not answered elsewhere.