Scottish Borders Audax events in October and November
The cycling season in the Scottish Borders is not over, yet! We have just add five Audax UK events to our events section, which will appeal to everyone who likes long distance rides with a social component. If you are not familiar with Audax events, here are a few Q&As, taken from the Audax UK website.
What does the word ‘Audax’ mean?
It’s Latin for ‘bold’, and was first used in the context of endurance sports towards the end of the 19th century.
Can anybody ride Audax UK’s events?
Yes. Although technically, AUK does not ‘run’ events – these are run by clubs or individuals under AUK’s supervision. When a non-member enters an event, there is a small additional fee over and above the usual entry fee, which gives the rider ‘temporary membership’ of AUK for the duration of the event. This is necessary for insurance reasons.
What are AUK events like?
They are NOT races. People ride them more in the spirit of an event like the London Marathon, everyone riding to their own limitations with the primary objective to just ‘get round’. These events suit everyone, clubmen, time-trialists, recreational riders, cycletourists, ‘born again’ cyclists, young and old, male and female. And you’ll see all sorts of machines – bikes, tandems, trikes, recumbents, and occasionally even stranger things …
Size of entry varies greatly but is typically around 100 starters. Small local events may have just a handful of riders while a few popular events attract 200 starters or more.
The routes typically feature a few fast main roads and a lot of quiet, scenic lanes. Many events are quite hilly, some are extremely hilly, and even the flatter ones usually have one or two challenging climbs. Some events are noted for the quality of home-cooked food and tender loving care supplied along the way. But most are not – self-sufficiency is a highly-regarded quality in AUK.
On the same theme, ‘support’ – for example a following car – is very much frowned upon. There are maximum and minimum time limits, which are designed to suit everyone from the fittest of recreational riders, to more occasional riders who have plenty of determination. Each rider carries a ‘brevet card’ which is stamped at intermediate checkpoints and at the finish, and which is later returned to the rider as a certificate of their achievement.
The success rate on these events is very high – probably only about 10% fail to finish.
The events start on 13 October with the ETAL-U-CAN , a 204km cycling event, and DICK MCTS 150 CLASSIC, a shorter 150km cycling event, both leaving from Galashiels. The RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES is a 106km cycling event starting from Galashiels on the 14 October, a great introduction for people new to Audax. Will you be HOME IN TIME FOR TEATIME on 3 November? You will know after 116km starting from Galashiels again, or you can join THE LONG DARK TEATIME OF AN AUDAX SOUL ride of 200km on the same day.