Date: 13-14 May 2023
Start Time: 0400
Peloton Time and ride “flow”: A 600K audax brevet is approximately a 38-39h ride. Think of an audax 600K as two, back-to-back 300K brevets. We’ll start at 4am, ride approximately 17h (returning to the ride start) for dinner and a sleep, and then complete the event by leaving early in the morning (like, 2:45am early!) and riding until the finish on Sunday evening. Including dinner, you’ll get about 6 hours at the overnight control. The route is relatively FLAT and EASY, since this is new territory for many on the event. We aim for everyone to be successful!
Starting Location: Inn on the Green, 700 E Burleigh Blvd, Tavares, FL
Cue Sheets: Day 1 (tentative), followed by Day 2 (tentative)
GPS: Day 1 (tentative), followed by Day 2 (tentative)
Cost: $100. Yes, that’s a lot of cash for a brevet, but it includes: two breakfasts, two sit-down lunches, one dinner, post-ride beverages and snacks, and event insurance. It does not include your snacks/beverages during the ride (other than the meals described above). It also does not include accommodations at the overnight hotel (see above); please make your own arrangements for a room/roommate at the Inn on the Green or a nearby hotel.
Registered Riders: 2, as of 27 December 2022: Rozelle, P(C), Rozelle S
RUSA membership required: Insurance folks require that you be a current RUSA member to participate. Learn more about RUSA here. And join or renew here.
Route & Ride Description: This is the familiar Pine Island 300K on the first day followed by the Ormond/Flagler Beach 300K. The ride starts at 0400 and we hope to return to the overnight by 8:30pm (making for a 16h30 300K). We leave early the morning of the second day (2:45am sharp!) so that we can arrive for breakfast in Astor right when Sparky’s opens. We should finish at about 7pm, for a 39h ride.
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 and detailed 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 (or the provided GPS track) 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? The peloton does not stop. However, the route captain will direct a few riders to be dispatched from the peloton to assist you, stay with you, and help you rejoin the group.
Is there support or SAG? Do not plan on it. 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.
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! Important! This is a brevet and it is a RUSA-sanctioned event that will count toward all RUSA awards, but it is NOT an ACP brevet and will NOT count toward PBP qualification.
Historical notes: This is the first 600K audax brevet ever held in the United States. Come be part of history!
You MUST pre-register for this event! No day-of registrations. Preregistration must be completed by no later than 5pm, 11 May 2023. There are two steps to completing your preregistration.
Step 1. Please fill in the information here.
Step 2. Send in your payment. There are two options. One, make a $100 check (wut?) payable to Paul Rozelle, and mail it to me at 1300 Friendly Way S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705. OR, send me $100 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 largely unknown in 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 very 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 (just follow the guy in front of you; 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.