Author Topic: Random audax questions  (Read 223144 times)

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #950 on: June 08, 2017, 09:45:09 am »
Yes, only BRMs count towards PBP.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #951 on: June 08, 2017, 10:41:40 am »
for a Rand 1000 award, is that OK to have 3 x 200 + 1 X 400?

I think so. 

'13.2.4 The Randonneur Award Series ... For any distance a longer distance may be substituted.'
http://www.aukweb.net/official/aukregs/

frankly frankie

  • I kid you not
    • Fuchsiaphile
Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #952 on: June 08, 2017, 10:50:37 am »
... and I would say not.   ;) ::-)

You need a 300, a 200 and a 100, and your 400 and 2x200s cover those three, using the longer-for-shorter provision.  That leaves you with one 200 and you need "plus another 400km worth of events".

You would only need to add a 100 to your 3x200 + 1x400 - that would give you 2x200s free to cover the extra 400km-worth required.

It's a good question that - I've never seen it raised before, in the 20-odd years this award has been rinning.
It's not dark yet but it's getting there.

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #953 on: June 08, 2017, 11:25:31 am »
There's someone (Rider number 1785) listed on the AUK site having done 2x200 and 2x300 and are listed as an R1000 so the strict interpretation of FF isn't what is being followed (by the website at least but that seems to be the trusted/canonical source).

(If the FF's interpretation was being used the 100, 200 and 300 would give 6 points regardless of the actual distance of those rides, taking 3 rides away, leaving only a 300km to give 900km not 1000km).

Note that the website also lists a condition of "You can substitute longer distances for shorter, but only rides up to and including 400km may be used."
"Yes please" said Squirrel "biscuits are our favourite things."

whosatthewheel

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #954 on: June 08, 2017, 11:51:26 am »
... and I would say not.   ;) ::-)

You need a 300, a 200 and a 100, and your 400 and 2x200s cover those three, using the longer-for-shorter provision.  That leaves you with one 200 and you need "plus another 400km worth of events".

You would only need to add a 100 to your 3x200 + 1x400 - that would give you 2x200s free to cover the extra 400km-worth required.

It's a good question that - I've never seen it raised before, in the 20-odd years this award has been rinning.

Do I really need to do another 100? It seems pretty pointless, I'd rather do another 200... in fact I'll probably have 4 x 200 + 1 x 400 by the end of the year, all being well

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #955 on: June 08, 2017, 12:02:36 pm »
Then do another 200. FF was giving you the minimum distance option to qualify for the award.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

whosatthewheel

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #956 on: June 08, 2017, 12:11:28 pm »
Then do another 200. FF was giving you the minimum distance option to qualify for the award.

I see, thanks.

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #957 on: June 08, 2017, 12:17:22 pm »
An even better example. In the current results Rider 1891 is listed in the Randonneur 1000 list and has completed exactly 3x200 and 1x400.

Whether or not this is what the rules intended is moot since the AUK site is listing such riders as having obtained the award. I doubt they're going to retrospectively remove awards from such riders in the past, nor bother changing it for the future.
"Yes please" said Squirrel "biscuits are our favourite things."

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #958 on: June 08, 2017, 12:52:20 pm »
I want to change it back to the original intent in future...
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

frankly frankie

  • I kid you not
    • Fuchsiaphile
Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #959 on: June 08, 2017, 04:33:39 pm »
Interesting.  Well the two examples cited certainly illustrate what is IMHO an error - I don't really think the wording for that award is open to interpretation even though it is a bit clumsy**. 
The thing to do is to leave it for now obviously, but as LWB says make an adjustment for next season - either correct the calculation to match the wording, or alter the wording to match reality, eg "1000km in at least 4 events including at least 1 300".  The latter would involve a Regulation change.  (Incidentally the "only rides up to 400" condition doesn't seem to be in the Regulation.)

** when it was set up, the idea of the R1000 was to be a sort of SR-lite - ie a 400,300,200,100 series (=1000).  However at that time the Accessibility Police were strongly involved with defining the new awards, and wanted them to be attainable without any night-riding.  Hence the compulsory 400 was ditched in favour of "100, 200, 300, plus other events to a total of 1,000 km".
It's not dark yet but it's getting there.

mattc

  • n.b. have grown beard since photo taken
    • Didcot Audaxes
Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #960 on: June 08, 2017, 04:37:33 pm »
If we're goung to change the Regs, I think it would be good to discuss just what is the "spirit" of this award. I can understand the point of:

"a sort of SR-lite - ie a 400,300,200,100 series (=1000).  " /FF

I'm not sure I understand any other variation, but happy to be educated!
Has never ridden RAAM
---------
No.11  Because of the great host of those who dislike the least appearance of "swank " when they travel the roads and lanes. - From Kuklos' 39 Articles

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #961 on: June 08, 2017, 04:52:42 pm »
It is already SR-lite, with no night riding required at all.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #962 on: June 08, 2017, 05:02:18 pm »
It is already SR-lite, with no night riding required at all.

For those who are fast enough to complete a 300 in the light, sure. Not everyone can do this, especially some of those who are stepping up to longer distances.

By the same logic you can probably claim that you can do a 600 in daylight, since it's just two consecutive 300km rides done in daylight.

The most daylight you get in a day the UK is about 17 hours so full value riders may have a couple of hours of riding in the dark, especially as there are few (if any) 300s that start near actual sunrise.
"Yes please" said Squirrel "biscuits are our favourite things."

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #963 on: June 08, 2017, 05:14:29 pm »
A couple of hours of darkness isn't very much. The nominal R1000 'feels about right' as there is a noticeable difference between a 300 and a 400 for most folk and not that much between a 200 and a 300.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

mattc

  • n.b. have grown beard since photo taken
    • Didcot Audaxes
Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #964 on: June 09, 2017, 07:31:42 pm »

... there is a noticeable difference between a 300 and a 400 for most folk and not that much between a 200 and a 300.
Certainly agree with that.
Has never ridden RAAM
---------
No.11  Because of the great host of those who dislike the least appearance of "swank " when they travel the roads and lanes. - From Kuklos' 39 Articles

Ruthie

  • Her Majester
Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #965 on: June 25, 2017, 08:19:16 pm »
How do you manage your energy so that you can work for a living and do a hobby that's so demanding?

These days, I'm knackered after a week at work.  I don't have it in me to be riding hundreds of km every weekend.
Milk please, no sugar.

MikeFromLFE

  • Previously known as Millimole
Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #966 on: June 25, 2017, 09:04:50 pm »
How do you manage your energy so that you can work for a living and do a hobby that's so demanding?

These days, I'm knackered after a week at work.  I don't have it in me to be riding hundreds of km every weekend.
It's a fair question!
When I was riding Audax events (a few years ago now) and working - and working some very odd hours too - it was just 'normal'. I think your body & mind adjust to a different normality, and you just 'do it'. I think regular commuting by bike helps with the fitness.
I don't know how anyone does a hard physical job - but they do, it's their normal.
Nowadays I don't work (retired with two allotments, six grandchildren and a voluntary job) I'm too knackered to complete a 100k in time. If I had a regular commute, I think I might be a lot fitter, and able to adjust my normality to get back onto it!


Tapatalk puts this signature here, not me!
Too many angry people - breathe & relax.

frankly frankie

  • I kid you not
    • Fuchsiaphile
Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #967 on: June 28, 2017, 04:18:31 pm »
These days, I'm knackered after a week at work.  I don't have it in me to be riding hundreds of km every weekend.

A committed randonneur could equally say:
Quote from: ff
These days, I'm knackered after a randonnee.  I don't have it in me to put in a proper shift at work on Mondays.

When I was a very active randonneur, I used to rationalise this by telling myself (and anybody else) that I was so good at my job that even a 60% Frankie could get it done OK.  Of course, in a modern work environment where 105% is expected at all times, colleagues and employers don't always see things this way ...
It's not dark yet but it's getting there.

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #968 on: June 28, 2017, 04:35:04 pm »
How do you manage your energy so that you can work for a living and do a hobby that's so demanding?

These days, I'm knackered after a week at work.  I don't have it in me to be riding hundreds of km every weekend.
Work is mentally demanding, audax is physically demanding but gives me a good chance to switch the brain off for extended periods. Also it really helps reduce my stress levels.
So the only issue is getting enough sleep. 200s and 300s don't interfere with that for me.
   Eddington  87 miles

mattc

  • n.b. have grown beard since photo taken
    • Didcot Audaxes
Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #969 on: June 29, 2017, 12:25:51 pm »
How do you manage your energy so that you can work for a living and do a hobby that's so demanding?

These days, I'm knackered after a week at work.  I don't have it in me to be riding hundreds of km every weekend.
Work is mentally demanding, audax is physically demanding but gives me a good chance to switch the brain off for extended periods. Also it really helps reduce my stress levels.
So the only issue is getting enough sleep. 200s and 300s don't interfere with that for me.
Pretty much as above. When I get home from work feeling "tired" it is mainly in my head. If I can drag myself out on the bike after work, once I am out I feel ready to go.

(Of course there are still a minority of First World Workers with physical jobs, but they're a shrinking minority, and tend not to waste their time on the internet ... )

I'd add that any really serious ride wipes me out for a day even if I get decent sleep. But most such rides also involve a lack of sleep, so it's rarely a separate issue!
Has never ridden RAAM
---------
No.11  Because of the great host of those who dislike the least appearance of "swank " when they travel the roads and lanes. - From Kuklos' 39 Articles

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #970 on: July 05, 2017, 01:01:42 pm »
Couldn't find an answer to this two-part question in the FAQs, so I throw myself at YACF's mercy. Say I wish to ride a mandatory route DIY that totals 520km, with intermediate "controls" identified every 50-80km.

1) Is my overall time limit 500/14.3 = 34hrs, 57mins  OR  520/14.3 = 36hrs, 21mins?

2) Do I need only complete the ride as a whole within the overall time limit, or must I also pass each intermediate control within the notional time limit for that control?
R10000 x 2   RRtY x 7    SR x 7    E = 129

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #971 on: July 05, 2017, 01:05:00 pm »
520km and only the final control (in actuality).
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #972 on: July 05, 2017, 02:27:51 pm »
:thumbsup:
R10000 x 2   RRtY x 7    SR x 7    E = 129

mattc

  • n.b. have grown beard since photo taken
    • Didcot Audaxes
Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #973 on: September 10, 2017, 04:11:19 pm »
What does this mean??

Facilities:X GMT

[http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/17-699/ ]
Has never ridden RAAM
---------
No.11  Because of the great host of those who dislike the least appearance of "swank " when they travel the roads and lanes. - From Kuklos' 39 Articles

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #974 on: September 10, 2017, 04:18:58 pm »