What is an Audax?

Audax is a form of long-distance cycling – riders strive to complete lengthy and often arduous routes within specified time limits.  Along the route each rider will have a card (known as a brevet card) stamped at a series of checkpoints demonstrating that each checkpoint has been reached in good time.  The time limits are quite generous, being determined by a minimum average speed of 15km/h which is well within the capabilities of any moderately fit cyclist – as with most endurance sports, the challenge lies in possessing the determination to carry on when tiredness starts to attack you.  Audax distances begin where most recreational cyclists leave off, at the 200km mark.  From there, the distances ascend through the full super randonneur series of 200, 300, 400 and 600km to multi-day ride of 1000km and more, including the most famed audax event of all, the 1200km Paris-Brest-Paris.

Audax Ireland is the governing body for randonneuring in Ireland. We organise long distance cycling events around the country for cyclists who want to test their mettle against the clock and the beautiful but often challenging terrain. We are also a cycling club affiliated with Cycling Ireland.