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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #550 on: December 31, 2013, 11:35:36 am »
if one were to enter a foreign event that requires an SR series of BRMs as a qualifier (in the same year as the event), how would you evidence the rides?  Presumably you can't turn up at registration with your validated brevet cards, because most of them would not have been returned - quals in May/June, big event in July.  As stated elsewhere, I'm trying to organise entry to the Bavarian 1200 this year but have never entered an event outside of the UK before.

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #551 on: December 31, 2013, 12:18:12 pm »
Just email your brevet numbers to the organiser, though a couple of sticklers asked for scans of brevet cards. Most accept BR in place of BRM when the UK situation has been explained.
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #552 on: December 31, 2013, 04:48:09 pm »
ACP brevet numbers for AUK/BRM events are displayed on the AUK website probably long before you get the brevet card back.  When things are running smoothly, the turnround is only a week or so.
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #553 on: January 01, 2014, 01:24:13 am »
I rode the previous Bavarian 1200 and found the organisers to be very helpful and welcoming. I had to enter before all of the ACP brevet numbers were on the AUK website, but it wasn't a problem. I emailed the numbers later, but I don't think the organisers are as strict as the website makes out.

It is a great ride, as can be seen by the photos on the website and pretty lumpy, so definitely worth choosing hilly qualifiers to built up to it.

My wife and kids flew down after the finish and we enjoyed a two week camping holiday in Bavaria before heading back home together in my van.


Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #554 on: January 27, 2014, 10:50:36 am »
Noticed the new Audax UK mudguard stickers on a recent photo. My insurance replacement Audax bike lacks stickers.

How do I get a couple more? Send an SAE (and a stamp to cover payment?) to the Recorder?
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #555 on: January 27, 2014, 10:51:43 am »
Noticed the new Audax UK mudguard stickers on a recent photo. My insurance replacement Audax bike lacks stickers.

How do I get a couple more? Send an SAE (and a stamp to cover payment?) to the Recorder?
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #556 on: January 27, 2014, 12:04:52 pm »
Ta!
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #557 on: January 27, 2014, 03:45:50 pm »
Erm... That website was set up by the previous recorder.
I'd check with the current one (our own pPpete) that it still works.
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #558 on: January 27, 2014, 03:52:38 pm »
It works. I ordered medals and badges off it a few weeks ago and got some bonus mudguard stickers with them.
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #559 on: January 31, 2014, 06:28:00 pm »
Mudguard stickers received this morning. They were from the previous recorder.

I do like the newer red ones. Shiny.
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #560 on: February 20, 2014, 09:17:05 pm »
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #561 on: March 18, 2014, 07:23:12 pm »
Hi everyone,
                  I'm new to cycling I only started in October. I like the idea of doing some Audax rides but I'm a bit worried about the thought of not having a broom wagon to get people with break downs back to the start. How many times have you broken down and not been able to finish and if not how did you get yourself and your bike back ?

Another question, if it says mudguards on the entry does that mean I must have them to be able to ride ?

Thanks Colin
123 Miles East of Marsh Gibbon

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #562 on: March 18, 2014, 07:44:14 pm »
Colin, you may well get a storm of replies to these questions, some pointing to other threads on here and elsewhere!  My short answers are do a few rides that are not too arduous/remote and make sure your bike's in a good state of repair.  If it goes pear shaped you can usually limp to a train station, if you've not chosen a ride through desolate unpopulated areas.  If the organiser asks for mudguards, then it would be very confrontational to turn up without.  You can generally fit some 'clip on' types.  It's a bit anti-social to the rider behind you and increases the chances of friction with café owners if you sit on their furniture with a backside unprotected by mudguards.

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #563 on: March 19, 2014, 04:44:37 am »
Colin, you may well get a storm of replies to these questions, some pointing to other threads on here and elsewhere!  My short answers are do a few rides that are not too arduous/remote and make sure your bike's in a good state of repair.  If it goes pear shaped you can usually limp to a train station, if you've not chosen a ride through desolate unpopulated areas.  If the organiser asks for mudguards, then it would be very confrontational to turn up without.  You can generally fit some 'clip on' types.  It's a bit anti-social to the rider behind you and increases the chances of friction with café owners if you sit on their furniture with a backside unprotected by mudguards.

Revellinho Thanks for your reply. Sorry I was not sure if it meant mudguards only if its wet. I wouldn't have arrived to be confrontational and expected to ride with no mudguards if it was wet.

Colin
123 Miles East of Marsh Gibbon

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #564 on: March 19, 2014, 07:41:33 am »
Pretty much what revellinho said.

There are very few mechanicals that will stop a bike from being able to limp to civilisation - you can scoot or freewheel on a bike that has had fairly catastrophic failures.

However, it is best to avoid mechanicals and a good regime of maintainence and replacing parts in a timely manner will help with this. 

As I said, there is very little that will stop a bike from being able to, at least, get to civilisation if not finish the ride.

It isn't something I worry about overly. I have never had a significant mechanical on a ride, but I do carry a reasonable selection of spares that would get me out of most issues. At minimum you want a couple of tubes (pump and levers) and some form of multi tool. Chain links are also useful (I have never needed one myself, but have saved other people's rides with them).

If some dramatic mechanical happened that really was ride ending, there is always going to be a way to sort things out and get back home. It may involve vast expense (taxi etc.) or lots of time, or both.  But that is life.

It isn't worth worrying about too much unless you are getting regular issues, in which case, you need to look at the kit you are using and find something more suited to the purpose.

Mudguards - well, if the org asks for them, then do try and use them. If you don't have them, then just be sensible - if you have a filthy, wet behind, don't sit down in the cafe etc. 
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Ooooh. That sounds like a daft idea.  I am in!

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #565 on: March 19, 2014, 08:51:37 am »
The storm of replies has perhaps been fended off by those two excellent ones!

Enjoy the rides, get or do not get addicted (personal choice), and here's wishing you total freedom from the "what on earth am I doing this for??" feeling!

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #566 on: March 19, 2014, 12:06:26 pm »
Wish I'd known I had a choice about whether to get addicted. ;D
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #567 on: March 19, 2014, 04:26:58 pm »
Thank you all for your replies.

I do carry 2 tubes, puncture repair kit, 2 repair links, 2 multi tools and pliers for the repair links ( I found I couldn't use the links with just my fingers ). I am trying to learn to maintain and repair as much as I can on the bike as I would like to become as self sufficient as I can.

Thanks Again

Colin
123 Miles East of Marsh Gibbon

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #568 on: March 20, 2014, 11:15:56 am »
Hello to everyone.

I'm quite new to this 'Audax' thing and due to various commitments, have been looking at riding a couple of 200k permanent rides, however I notice that many of these are well over 200k.

 I have been informed that when the permanent organiser plans the route, he or she needs to plot the shortest possible route between control points, but if the route supplied is then 220k for example, what is to stop the entrant from simply collecting the start receipt and then driving 10k and riding from there and back to there which totals 200k and then driving back to the official finish point to collect the required receipt, especially if the first and last part of the ride are the same.

I know that this goes against the rules but.........Would'nt it be better if the AUK Rules were changed a little to include the line 'Riders must not deviate from the official (supplied) route'.

Organisers could then have events that were not massively over distance and a 200k would be just that.

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #569 on: March 20, 2014, 11:32:30 am »
call the police!!! :o :o :o

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #570 on: March 20, 2014, 11:34:02 am »
And do us out of 20km of fine riding?

Heck - I have DIYs that are 50km over-distance - more miles, more smiles. 
Right! What's next?

Ooooh. That sounds like a daft idea.  I am in!

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #571 on: March 20, 2014, 11:36:39 am »
Rupert, would you like fries with these:
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #572 on: March 20, 2014, 12:22:16 pm »
Hello Rupert,

There is plenty of scope to cheat but riders generally don't because there is little to be gained and plenty to be lost.

Routes are typically over distance by 5-10km/30 minutes saddle time, and thats not generally perceived as an issue (unless you're cold, wet and hungry, obvs),

The minimum distance approach means that if riders do abandon the routesheet by the time they get home they will have at least covered the event category distance whereas the mandatory route approach will tend to offer scope to undercut the event category distance, and that will never do. 

I hope that answers your question. Welcome aboard!

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #573 on: March 20, 2014, 05:34:27 pm »
My bike is parked outside the patio doors - I thus have a clear view of my bright red AUK mudguard sticker. With the new* logo, viewed from this odd angle, it looks quite like the Playboy bunny logo - and thus my mudguard looks a lot like those trrrrrucker mudflaps with naked bond-girl silhouette.

Can the team confirm:
Is this deliberate?
Will chicks dig it?
Will the upcoming logo revamp maintain this useful benefit?



*clearly not new enough, if we're getting it changed imminently; but there you go ...
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #574 on: March 20, 2014, 10:18:31 pm »
My bike is parked outside the patio doors - I thus have a clear view of my bright red AUK mudguard sticker. With the new* logo, viewed from this odd angle, it looks quite like the Playboy bunny logo - and thus my mudguard looks a lot like those trrrrrucker mudflaps with naked bond-girl silhouette.

Can the team confirm:
Is this deliberate?
Nothing is deliberate in Audax. Each issue is given 38 pages of discussion on the internet followed by 12 hours at AGM and the conclusion is "Ah bollocks let's sort this out later."
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Will chicks dig it?
Yes, but only if they dig odd angles.
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Will the upcoming logo revamp maintain this useful benefit?
Only Audaxers could be interested in "stickers with benefits".
 :D



*clearly not new enough, if we're getting it changed imminently; but there you go ...
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