DIY by GPS is a new way to ride Audax UK DIY permanent events. It allows you to validate your ride with AUK, using the tracklog recorded by your GPS unit.

How do I ride a DIY permanent by GPS?

To take part, you need to do the following

  1. Buy cards

    You need to buy 'virtual brevet cards' for your DIY ride from your local DIY organiser. Have a look at the Map of organiser boundaries to determine which organiser is closest to you. If your local DIY permanent organiser isn’t listed, and you’d like to take part, then feel free to contact another organiser.

    These DIY permanent organisers are accepting DIY by GPS entries:

    Tony Hull South-West England and South Wales
    Paul Stewart South-East England
    Martin Foley Scotland
    Chris Smith Midlands, North and Mid-Wales

  2. Plan your route

    Planning a route

  3. Send in an entry form for your ride

    You need to send in an entry form for each ride. Click on the link below to send an entry form to your local organiser.


  4. Send in your completed tracklog

    Record your ride with GPS unit. There are some tips to keep in mind in the DIY by GPS guide. DIY by GPS guide

    Save the track(s) created by your GPS unit from your ride into a single .gpx file, and send it to your local organiser.

    If your local DIY permanent organiser isn’t listed, and you’d like to take part, then feel free to contact another organiser.

How does it Work?

Normally, when you ride a DIY permanent, you gain proof that you’ve ridden by collecting stamps and receipts at pre-agreed control points along your route. This proof is collected in a paper brevet card, which you post to the organiser for validation.

With DIY by GPS, you gain proof that you’ve ridden by recording a tracklog of the route on your GPS unit as you ride. You then email the tracklog to the organiser for validation, along with an electronic brevet card. This offers considerable benefits.

  • The system is paper-free. You pay for your electronic brevet cards by Paypal, and all forms and cards are sent by email. This saves time, paper and post.
  • You don’t need to find places to get a stamp or receipt as proof of passage. This opens up opportunities to ride DIY permanents in much more remote places.
  • Because you don’t have to stop to get proof of passage, you can be much more flexible about when to take a break.

Planning your ride
The rules for a DIY permanent remain unchanged. Here’s what you do.

  • Plan a route. Decide on the distance you’d like to ride. We validate DIY permanent routes at distances of 50km, 100km, 150km, 200km, and then at 100km intervals up to 1,000km.
  • Add checkpoints along the route. Check carefully that the shortest distances between your checkpoints add up to at least the distance you need. A good place to start is to place checkpoints at all the ‘corners’ of your route. This is simple if you use Google Maps (set to walking) or Microsoft Autoroute.

REMEMBER! You don’t actually have to ride the shortest distance between your checkpoints. You can choose any route you like, as long as you pass through the checkpoints.

Before your ride
Before you set off, you need to:

  • pay the organiser for your electronic brevet card by Paypal (£4 for one card, £10 for three cards, £16 for six cards)
  • submit a completed application form by for each ride, making sure you include;
  • a list of your controls; and
  • the day you will ride. You can submit your application form and ride date right up to the moment you ride.

You can do all this via this website.

Ride tips When you ride your DIY permanent, remember these points.

  • Check the batteries in your GPS unit are charged. We might be able to work around a couple of small gaps in the tracklog, but we cannot validate your ride if there is a lot of the tracklog missing. Carry spare batteries, and make sure they’re charged too.
  • Make sure that your GPS is recording your tracklog, and that you’ve cleared the old tracklog.
  • You must make sure that you pass through all the checkpoints that you said you would. If you are using checkpoints in obscure places, make sure that you’re on the right road!
  • If you’re after AAA points, check that your GPS unit’s altimeter is calibrated.
  • Make sure your tracklog is set up to record trackpoints at least every 100 metres. On some units, the ‘normal’ interval setting will do this.
  • Do not save your tracklog on the gps unit at the end of your ride. This compresses the tracklog and could make validating your ride more difficult. Instead, upload the tracklog from your GPS unit straight to your computer when you get chance.
  • Switch your GPS unit off when you finish your ride.

After your ride
When you have finished your ride, complete the electronic brevet card that the organiser sent you, and email it back along with your gpx file. The organiser will then check the file, and send off your ride details for validation.

Easy, eh?

How to enter
The following DIY permanent organisers are accepting DIY by GPS entries:

  • Tony Hull – anthonybrianhull -at- (South-West England and South Wales)
  • Martin Foley - martinfoley -at- (Scotland and North-East England)
  • Paul Stewart – paudax -at- (South-East England)
  • Chris Smith – splinez -at- (Midlands, North and Mid-Wales)

If your local DIY permanent organiser isn’t listed, and you’d like to take part, then feel free to contact another organiser.