What is an event ?
Audax UK Events are open to all cyclists. They are organised by cycling clubs, CTC local groups or individuals, to AUK regulations, which are based on those devised by Audax Club Parisien. For details of the conduct of events see the Ride Regulations pages.
Calendared events are touring rides and as such require no special training if you already cycle regularly. If you are new to cycling, check out the Preparation for a Randonnée and start with some of the shorter Brevets Populaires (BP). Likewise, if you are unused to hill climbing, avoid events with the higher Audax Altitude Award (AAA) ratings at first.
Any type of cycle can be ridden provided that it is fitted with lights when the event encompasses the hours of darkness. Note that flashing lights are not suitable for group riding. Mudguards are not required unless specifically requested by the organiser (denoted by M in the Facilites section of their calendar listing). You should able to carry safely sufficient equipment for an independent ride - tool kit, spares, cash, waterproof, bonk rations, drink, map.
If you have, or can cheaply acquire, a roadworthy bike then the best policy is to ride events and start to dream of your ideal Audax machine. Experienced members, encountered on the road, are usually happy to discuss equipment. Cycling clothing varies, depending on the individual’s cycling background. Look for lightweight comfortable garments which breathe, don’t restrict movement, yet don’t flap, and are conspicuous on the road. Again, riding events and discussing clothing is the best guide.