Date: 11 February 2023
Start Time: 0700
Starting Location: 1300 Friendly Way South, St. Petersburg
Cue Sheet: here (tentative). Final cue sheet will be posted on 2/9/23
Route Track: here (tentative). Final track will be published on 2/9/23
Route Information: This is the traditional St. Pete-Tarpon Springs route with some modifications. It starts at my home, goes through downtown St. Pete, out to Fort Desoto, and then up the barrier islands to Clearwater, where we get on the Pinellas Trail to Ozona, where we’ll have our sit-down communal lunch (new location!) at mile 85 and then turn around and ride the trail back to St. Pete, where we will take a quick lap through Lakewood golf course before finishing up back at my house, where dinner and beverages will await us. This route is flat — the only climbing is the causeways on and off the barrier islands — but it can be windy and the route is urban.
Cost: $45. This includes your lunch and drinks in Ozona, event insurance, and post-ride food and beverages at Casa Rozelle, but it does not include your snacks/beverages during the ride (other than lunch). Register below. Advance registration and payment is required.
RUSA membership: Required. Learn more about RUSA here. And join or renew here.
Registered Riders: 3, as of 19 Jan 2023: Nichols, Rozelle P, Rozelle S
Audax Rules: Please review our club’s Rules for Riders first. In addition to those rules, there are two critical rules for audax rides. First, we must ride as a group. Passing the route captain is forbidden and may result in disqualification. Similarly, voluntarily riding behind the peloton without leave of the route captain is not permitted. Second, the group rides together at a predetermined pace of 22.5km/hr, and stops together for predetermined times. These are indicated on the cue sheet. There are other rules and traditions, which will be explained later, but those are the two big ones. Please make sure that you are interested in and will support this style of riding, and at this pace, before registering. Additional information on audax is given below the registration.
How do I make sense of the cue sheet? Study it with a map beforehand. Of course, if you follow the rider in front of you, you will be on route at all times. The most useful information on the cue sheet for riders is the designation of when, where, and for how long the stops will be taken. This permits riders to plan their activities — bathroom, filling bottles, getting snacks — and to move efficiently through the controls.
What if I get a flat or other mechanical? At the route captains’ direction, a few riders will be dispatched from the peloton to help you and to pull you back to the group. The peloton does not stop.
Is there support or SAG? No. Like all randonnees, you and your bike must be well equipped and in good shape. Please ensure that you have the proper tools and talent for handling all repairs and the proper food, hydration, and apparel for the ride. If you or your bike cannot be restored to functionality, you will need to arrange for your own transportation back to the start.
Are there brevet cards? Yes, and they look different than those you are used to. The organizer or his designee will carry all riders’ brevet cards and have them validated at the controls.
Lights and reflective stuff? Required to have lights on the bike and a reflective vest with you, even though we should finish with (barely) some daylight remaining.
Interested in volunteering? If you are, or you have a spouse, partner, friend, or sworn enemy who might be, please contact me. The more help; the more awesome it is!
Excellent News! Audax rides are now officially sanctioned by RUSA! So if you’re looking for RUSA ride/mileage credit, you will get it. This now counts for awards like the R-12, K-Hound, and all the other RUSA awards, credits, and programs. In addition, audax is an awesome and different style of randonneuring.
Not Excellent News! This is a UAF-sanctioned brevet (organized through RUSA, and homologated by the UAF), which means that it does NOT qualify you for Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur (August 2023). PBP aspirants will need to do ACP-sanctioned brevets to obtain PBP qualification. That said, audax is a blast and the skills required for successful completion of an audax brevet (steadiness, good judgment, proactively tending to nutrition, hydration, and comfort, and getting good rest) will greatly benefit your PBP preparation and increase your likelihood of completing (and enjoying) PBP.
There is no day-of-event registration. You must register and pay in advance of the ride, by no later than Thursday, February 9, at 7pm.
There are two steps to completing your registration.
Step 1. Please fill in the information here.
Step 2. Send in your payment. There are two options. One, make a $45 check (wut?) payable to Paul Rozelle, and mail it to me at 1300 Friendly Way S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705. OR, send me $45 via PayPal. My email address is prozelle at gmail dot com.
What is Audax? Audax is the oldest form of randonneuring. It is still practiced in parts of Europe, but is new to the United States, although the word is common (Audax Atlanta, Audax U.K., etc.). What you are familiar with is allure libre randonneuring, or free-paced randonneuring. There are time cut-offs for the controls and the event overall but, within those liberal constraints, a rider can proceed along the route at his or her own pace.
Audax cycling, by contrast, is a group ride. The audax cycling motto is, “Start together, ride together, finish together.” An audax ride is conducted under the auspices of a Ride Captain, who is charged with maintaining the common group pace between each control, which is 22.5km/hr (that’s 14mph). Passing the Route Captain is forbidden and the riders must stay together. Everything possible is done to ensure that riders do not fall off the back or are not dropped for mechanicals, but voluntarily riding a pace slower than 22.5kph without leave from the Route Captain is forbidden.
Audax cycling is social and accessible. It is an especially good way to introduce people to randonneuring who might not otherwise be familiar with it or who might be concerned about riding alone (never!) or worrying about navigation (impossible to get lost!).The pace is very moderate, especially in our flat terrain. Audax rewards keeping everyone together and working together to achieve a common goal … together. The finest route captains are those who accomplish this goal. The best achievement is to finish 100% of the riders who start.
Like the riding, stops are conducted together, at and for a predetermned time. There is a sit-down meal, which is an integral part of the audax tradition. There are other audax customs and traditions, which you will discover on the ride.
You can read more about audax here, which is the website for the Union des Audax Français.
Last updated: 28 Dec 2022