Author Topic: Random audax questions  (Read 224285 times)

mattc

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #675 on: September 16, 2014, 07:37:13 pm »
Nobody else has yet suggested the importance of reliability as well as comfort.
You really would prefer not to practise your Mechanical Skilz in a biblical storm on Upper Hurricanedale at 3am.
Good point.

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mattc

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #676 on: September 16, 2014, 07:44:42 pm »
Mr Dalesman:
You might findthe topic about "Ravens" covers a lot of the usual suspects.
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #677 on: September 16, 2014, 09:56:17 pm »
Ghyllside in Ambleside will make you up a nice audax bike, though not 'off the peg'.

Martin

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #678 on: September 16, 2014, 10:27:32 pm »
there is no ideal Audax bike! AUK's will tell you your bottom will fall off if you ride anything that's not steel but there are very few non Alu / Carbon frames on PBP; I've never ridden an AUK event on a steel bike. My newest one cost all of £349 and with the addition of a Rolls saddle it's done oodles of rides both here and overseas hilly flat you name it*

don't believe the hype; it's not about the bike  :thumbsup:

* one reason I'm so happy riding it is it has 2 spare gear hangers; bust one of them without a spare and no amount of ££££ will get you home  ;)

hellymedic

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #679 on: September 16, 2014, 11:11:25 pm »
I rode Audax or similar events on each bike in my stable one year.
I think I had six bikes.

Anything comfortable and reliable will do. Make sure you can fix problems and take suitable tools.

Mike Conway

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #680 on: September 25, 2014, 11:20:30 am »
How do I register my new club to get my AUK points for 2015? They don't exist on the list of clubs under my membership details.

frankly frankie

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #681 on: September 26, 2014, 08:24:59 am »
Mike the Membership Sec may be able to help.  Also check the club isn't already listed under an alias - eg CC Oakley instead of Oakley CC, etc.

Nobody else has yet suggested the importance of reliability as well as comfort.

A very good point and I would add - enjoyment.  The bike has to be one that it gives you pleasure to ride (which is not necessarily the same thing as 'comfortable'). 
It's not dark yet but it's getting there.

Mike Conway

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #682 on: September 26, 2014, 01:07:40 pm »
Cheers - Mike added it.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #683 on: October 03, 2014, 11:07:03 am »
Just read this on road.cc:
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Ok, so it's technically an audax bike, but what is a sportive but an audax without the cake?
:D
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bikey-mikey

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #684 on: October 03, 2014, 08:31:08 pm »
Just read this on road.cc:
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Ok, so it's technically an audax bike, but what is a sportive but an audax without the cake?
:D

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citoyen

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #685 on: October 04, 2014, 05:23:34 pm »
* one reason I'm so happy riding it is it has 2 spare gear hangers; bust one of them without a spare and no amount of ££££ will get you home  ;)


Tbh, I can't imagine gear hangers fail very often, except in a crash - in which case you might have other reasons for not continuing. I've certainly never felt the need to carry a spare one on an audax.

I have, however, had a rear mech disintegrate on me mid-ride. I just shortened the chain and completed the ride singlespeed.

And anyway you can always avoid the risk of rear mech and/or hanger failure by riding fixed. ;)

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #686 on: October 10, 2014, 07:07:26 pm »
Ok, serious question: Why does the event calendar run October-September but the membership year January-December?
And when it says "new members joining late in the year will be subscribed until the end of the following year" what does that actually mean in practice? When does it become "late"?
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #687 on: October 10, 2014, 09:25:55 pm »
Sorry Cudzo, that information is only available to members. You'll need to join to find out.  ;D
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fuaran

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #688 on: October 10, 2014, 09:46:13 pm »
Ok, serious question: Why does the event calendar run October-September but the membership year January-December?
It seems the event year is mostly so points and awards etc can be worked out ahead of the AGM in November. Note the event year used to be November-October, it changed a couple of years ago.
The membership year is probably just because it keeps things simple, no need to change it.

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And when it says "new members joining late in the year will be subscribed until the end of the following year" what does that actually mean in practice? When does it become "late"?
From 1st September. See the regulations here: http://www.aukweb.net/official/aukregs/

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #689 on: October 13, 2014, 11:34:31 am »
Sorry Cudzo, that information is only available to members. You'll need to join to find out.  ;D
Go on, you know you want to....
But that would mean associating with disreputable types like you.
Oh, hang on...
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Bairdy

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #690 on: October 13, 2014, 08:36:15 pm »
Sorry Cudzo, that information is only available to members. You'll need to join to find out.  ;D
Go on, you know you want to....
But that would mean associating with disreputable types like you.
Oh, hang on...

You're not a member? :o
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #691 on: October 14, 2014, 10:52:03 am »
Sorry Cudzo, that information is only available to members. You'll need to join to find out.  ;D
Go on, you know you want to....
But that would mean associating with disreputable types like you.
Oh, hang on...

You're not a member? :o
Have you not heard Neil's words of wisdom on this point?  ;)
Days become simply the spaces between dreams, spaces between the shifting floors of time...

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #692 on: October 30, 2014, 11:50:26 am »
I did my first audax a few weeks back.

My brevet card was stamped at the end of the event and handed back to me.  The organiser recorded some details from it on a sheet of paper.

How does my ride get to be recorded on the audax website? Do I need to do something with my brevet cRd?

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fboab

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #693 on: October 30, 2014, 12:31:45 pm »
You shouldn't have to do anything, the organiser submits the validation details to the recorder.
If it hasn't happened- ie if the ride is up on the results but you're not listed there, ask the recorder.
Don't forget the season has turned and you might be there on last year's results rather than this year's if your ride was before 1st October.
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #694 on: October 30, 2014, 06:46:33 pm »
Note also that while your name will appear in the event results list whether or not you're an AUK member, if you're a non-member it'll be down at the bottom of the list and you'll only be able to access a personalised listing of all your rides if you've joined up.

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #695 on: November 02, 2014, 01:24:34 pm »
Ok thanks, looks like the event hasn't been uploaded by the organiser yet.  Not sure why it's taking over a month, sure he will get around to it.

Another question, I did the minehead 100 last month, I see it carries zero points for the club and CTC totals, why is it not worth one point.

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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #696 on: November 02, 2014, 01:36:24 pm »
200km (and longer) events are Brevet Randonneur and are worth 'points'. Shorter events are Brevet Popular and worth no points. There are historical reasons for why 200+km brevets are considered long distance events.
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #697 on: November 03, 2014, 10:22:15 pm »
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Ok thanks, looks like the event hasn't been uploaded by the organiser yet.  Not sure why it's taking over a month, sure he will get around to it.
It  is  a  three  stage  process, the organiser submits the results, (by s-mail),  validation secs validate, and  the  recorder records on the website. This can all take a while. If  its a  BRM event, which yours was not, because you  got your card  back on the day,  cards  have to also go to Paris during  this process,

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #698 on: November 06, 2014, 06:05:58 pm »
ACP are instituting a new process for BRMs this season.  It has the potential to speed things somewhat.

If an organiser sends in his results very promptly and if both validation sec and the recorder are sat waitng by their computers instead of out riding their bikes, and if the new automated ACP process works as intended for BRMs, then the whole thing could, in theory, be complete on the AUK website in about a week. 

That's an awful lot of IFs though, and in reality I doubt you'll see many approach that sort of speed.

Getting the cards back to the riders will always take a little longer due to the necessary reliance on snail-mail from validation sec to organiser and from organiser to rider.

Personally I rather like it when a card comes back months later.... memories of any pain have faded and I only think "gosh - that was fun ride wasn't it, nice to be reminded of it".   And I'm not saying that because I'm an actor in the process (honest!)

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #699 on: November 06, 2014, 09:11:45 pm »
Ok thanks, looks like the event hasn't been uploaded by the organiser yet.  Not sure why it's taking over a month, sure he will get around to it.

Another question, I did the minehead 100 last month, I see it carries zero points for the club and CTC totals, why is it not worth one point.

Thanks,

it's only 100km so it's not long distance.  Therefore it's not worth any points.  Although, having done a Minehead 100 before you should (morally)  get AAA points for it even if it is not registered or not actually featuring enough ascent
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