What is an Audax?
Audax. Admit it, you have a vague idea of what it is but you wouldn’t stake your life on it. It’s an traditional and often hardcore cycling event – the word Audax is a Latin adjective that means ‘bold or daring‘. Think of the modern word ‘audacious‘ and it all makes sense.
Audax has its origins in Italy in the 19th Century, however it was the French who pushed the sport forward in the 20th Century and set up proper rules. Audax is a cycling sport in which participants attempt to cycle long distances within a pre-defined time limit. The challenge of Audax is not in racing. Participants cover long distances at their own speed. The organizer sets up checkpoints between the start and finish point. Generally :
2-4 checkpoints for 200km (13.5 hours)
3-5 checkpoints for 300km (20 hours)
4-6 checkpoints for 400km (27 hours)
5-7 checkpoints for 600km (40 hours)
6-10 checkpoints for 1,000km (75 hours)
Audax is a non-competitive sport. Success in an Audax event is measured by its completion.
Meet the Team
Sam and Johan started their first long distance ride (200km) in 2014 together with some good friends. They enjoyed it so much that Sam decided to sign a contract with Audax Club Parisien (ACP), France to organize qualifying Brevets in Malaysia.
Audax Randonneurs Malaysia was established in 2015. It is a cycling club that wishes to promote cycling randonnées à allure libre (at unrestricted speed) throughout Malaysia, according to the model which it created in 1921, and currently governed by the regulations of Audax Club Parisien‘s “Brevets de Randonneurs Mondiaux” (BRM).
In 2016, Audax Randonneurs Malaysia organized 2 brevets, BRM200 and BRM400. The response was overwhelming. Year 2017 onwards, complete series of Brevets de Randonneurs Mondiaux (BRM) which covered 200km, 300km, 400km and 600km were held throughout Malaysia.
The Committee will plan the routes and Sam has to submit the details to ACP for approval. All events which are officially designated as BRM will be published on the official ACP calendar each year in January.
New to Audax?
Check out some tips and the BRM rules before riding your first Audax BRM.