40km UAF Juniors Audax Brevet (31 August 2019)

What: A 40km (25-mile) group bicycle ride for juniors (age 18 and under); parents welcome, too!

When: Saturday, August 31, 2019. We ride at 8:30 A.M. sharp!

Where: The Bikery, 2222 1st Ave S, St. Pete. We will ride on the Pinellas Trail.

Is this for me? We will all ride together at a moderate pace — 11 miles an hour — emphasizing safety and camaraderie. We’ll stop to stretch and rest briefly at the midpoint. The ride, including the stop, will take 2:45 to complete.

What Is AudaxAudax is an old French word meaning “audacious” and is a form of cycling popular in France where riders start together, ride together, and finish together. Audax is noncompetitive and emphasizes the social and community-building aspects of cycling. Participants ride together under the direction of route captains who follow the route and maintain the appropriate pace.

Anything else? The ride is free! Don’t forget sunscreen and water. Helmets required. The ride is sanctioned by l’Union des Audax Francais and a waiver is required to participate. Finishers will be awarded a medal (after they arrive from France; they are quite excellent and coveted!). Parents are welcome on the ride (with a helmet) but you’re also free to have a coffee at The Bikery or explore on your own while we ride, too.

Medals! Each of the junior audax rides has its own medal, but there is a special, coveted — as in, no one in the Western Hemisphere has one! — medal that is awarded to juniors who complete the introductory series called l’aiglon de bronze, or the bronze eaglet. (There are also series of 50, 60, and 70km, (silver eaglet) and 80, 140, and 200km (the gold eaglet), which will be offered starting in 2020.)

I parlez-vous. Where are the French rules? Ils sont ici.

Questions? Call or text Paul at 614-565-3483, or email to prozelle at gmail dot com.