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CTC: the national cyclists' organistion AUK: the UK's premier long distance cyclists' association National 400, 15th June 2013 London-Edinburgh, 28 July 2013
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What is Audax?
Do I need mudguards?
What is Peak Audax?
Can I join?
What are Calendar Events?
Can I enter on the line?
What are Perms?
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Peak Audax CTC brings you a series of cycling events held under Audax UK regulations, based in the Peak District, the Cheshire Plains and the Lancashire Pennines, as part of the activities of Manchester & District CTC.

All cyclists are welcome to take part, regardless of their other club or CTC affiliations.

Audax is an increasingly popular form of cycling over a range of distances - from 50km (about 32 miles) to 600km (something like 400 miles). If you're not a member of CTC, AUK or BC, you will need to obtain temporary membership of AUK - just add an extra £2.00 on top of the event fee and we'll ensure that you have the necessary 3rd party insurance for the duration of the event.
Mam Nick on the Dark Peak Grimpeur
Mam Nick on the Dark Peak Grimpeur
CALENDAR EVENTS
Calendar
Winter Series
Spring Series
Marple Series
SR Series
Broken Cross Series
CALENDAR events take place at the time and place specified by the Organiser and are a great way to meet other long-distance cyclists.

Get your entries to the Organiser beforehand (IE no entries on the day!) so we can warn the cafe controls how many to expect.

Our big event for 2016 is the National 400 in July, a 400km ride with lots of TLC at the controls. We're hoping to attract lots of riders - and lots of helpers too!
PERMANENTs
Local Perms
Wigley Perms
Marple Grimpeur Perms
UK Perms
PERMANENTs are perhaps for more experienced riders as you get a route sheet, a list of control locations where you might reasonably expect to be able to get proof of passage, but otherwise you are on your own.

Make sure you get an entry form to the organiser in good time in case the organiser is on holiday.
RANDONNEUR ROUND THE YEAR
How to claim?
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Ultra RRTY
Peak Audax set up the Randonneur Round the Year (RRtY) award, although this is now run by Audax UK. If you think you qualify (by riding a Brevet de Randonneur event in each of any 12 consecutive months), then click for full details of how to claim.
PEAK AUDAX
You are warmly invited to make Peak Audax your club. If you are a member of Audax UK then nominate Peak Audax as your club simply by visiting the Members' pages of the AUK website or just get in touch with Mike.

At the recent Audax AGM, Peak Audax came away with the 'Organising Club' award (for a sixth successive year!), as calculated by the total number of points gained by all riders on our events. So thanks to everyone for supporting our rides!
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FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Audax?
They are NOT races. People ride them more in the spirit of an event like the London Marathon, everyone riding to their own limitations with the primary objective to just 'get round'. These events suit everyone, clubmen, time-trialists, recreational riders, cycletourists, 'born again' cyclists, young and old, male and female. And you'll see all sorts of machines - bikes, tandems, trikes, recumbents, and occasionally even stranger things ...

Size of entry varies greatly but is typically around 100 starters. Small local events may have just a handful of riders while a few popular events attract 200 starters or more.

The routes typically feature a few fast main roads and a lot of quiet, scenic lanes. Many events are quite hilly, some are extremely hilly, and even the flatter ones usually have one or two challenging climbs. Some events are noted for the quality of home-cooked food and tender loving care supplied along the way. But most are not - self-sufficiency is a highly-regarded quality in AUK.

On the same theme, 'support' - for example a following car - is very much frowned upon. There are maximum and minimum time limits, which are designed to suit everyone from the fittest of recreational riders, to more occasional riders who have plenty of determination. Each rider carries a 'brevet card' which is stamped at intermediate checkpoints and at the finish, and which is later returned to the rider as a certificate of their achievement.
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Do I need mudguards?
Not at all! AUK dropped the requirement to use mudguards on our rides several years ago. Some event Organisers still ask for their use on certain rides but none of the Peak Audax events insist on them.

You might find that your riding companions may still have something to say on the subject if they are following you along muddy lanes!
What is Peak Audax?
Peak Audax organises Audax events in the Manchester area (on behalf of Manchester & District CTC) with rides on to the Cheshire Plain, into the Peak District, or to the Yorkshire Dales. Typically rides start from Cheadle, Bredbury, Marple near Stockport, and Denshaw near Oldham.
Can I join?
To join Peak Audax is free! Just enter an event and ride it! If you give the Secretary your email address, you will receive an occasional e-newsletter, or just keep an eye on these webpages to be kept up to date.

If you like the concept, you may wish to join Audax UK. You will find that there are events to ride up and down the country (and beyond!) and the rides you complete can count towards various awards and championships. There's even a quarterly magazine, well worth the Membership Subscription on its own.
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What are Calendar Events?
There is a full series of events throughout the year which take place on a specified date. You may be riding alongside just a handful of riders, or dozens, depending on the event. Just send in an entry form and you will receive details of the route and the start location.
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Can I enter on the line?
We very much encourage entries a couple of weeks before the day of the ride, so that we know how many are coming and we can make reasonable preparations for refreshments etc. Some Organisers will accept entries on the line (EOLs) but if you decide late that you want to ride, then an email to the Organiser is better than just turning up.
What are Perms?
These are rides that you can undertake at any time of the year on a date to suit yourself. You will be on your own of course, unless a group of you want to ride a particular Perm. Enter in good time, as the Organiser needs to send you the route sheet and a Brevet Card, and might be away on holiday or busy with work.
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