About Audax cycling events
Audax cycling events are long distance rides that require the rider to be self-sufficient and follow a route sheet that is provided. This gives clear instructions of when to turn left, right, etc. It is not a map.
Unlike Sportives, which are much more expensive to enter, they do not have the route pre-marked with direction arrows at junctions. Also there is no support vehicle to get you home if you suffer a mechanical problem. If you are unable to finish, the organiser should be telephoned (see Brevet card, issued to you at the start of the event) so that you are known to be safe but not expected back at the finish. The Brevet card must be stamped by a Controller at each Control Point, including the finish, so it can be shown that the rider has correctly completed the course.
Audax cycling events are a personal challenge, not a race. However, the event must be completed within a pre-set time in order that the rider can class it as successfully completed. Riders need to manage the combination of riding time, and time for rest / food breaks, within the overall time limit.
The Dinton 103k (64 miles) Audax
The 2018 Dinton Audax commences at 10:00 am on May 2nd. The start, and finish, is at the Dragonfly Cafe, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Hurst, (post code RG10 0TH). There is a ‘pay and display’ car park (£6.00 for 4 hours or more). DO NOT park in the early closing car parks or your vehicle will be locked in!! Cyclists who have pre-entered the event should arrive at least 30 minutes beforehand to allow time for collection of their Brevet card, etc. If you have have not pre-entered please allow more time to complete the enrolment form, make payment (£3, plus £2 insurance if you are not a member of Audax UK or Cycling UK (formerly CTC).
Refreshments may be purchased from the Dragonfly Cafe before (and after) the event, at The Country Market at the Kingsley Control, at the Village Centre shop at Kingsley (see information sheet) or the Jolly Farmer Pubic House (approx. 3 miles after the Control).
The route is on quiet country roads and heads out in a southwesterly direction via Swallowfield and Odiham to the half-way point at Kingsley, returning in a northeasterly direction via Crondall, Phoenix Green and Hazeley.
The maximum time allowed for the event is 6 hours 52 minutes. The finish control at Dinton closes at 16:52. Any rider who does not expect to finish before this time should telephone the organiser (details on Brevet card) so that you are known to be safe. In order to discourage racing, riders must not finish quicker than 3 hours 26 mins (i.e. not before 13:26). This gives a minimum average speed for the event (including time stopped) of a 15kph (9.3mph) and a maximum of 30kph (18.6mph).
The event is organised by Cycling UK, Reading. Any surplus from the event will be donated to the Thames & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust. (see further information on links numbered 1 – 4 on the right-hand side of this screen).