• Choosing your first 200km audax

    The Audax calendar can be confusing to navigate when you first look at it. Codes for this, that and the other, what does AAA even mean? BR-what? When I did my first 200km audax a few moons ago now (Scouting Mam Tor IIRC), I took the advice of someone I knew and didn’t even look at the jargon. It was…

  • My first Randonneur Round the Year award

    A whaty what now? Dear reader, the Randonneur Round the Year (RRtY) Award is for riders who successfully complete at least one 200km+ brevet per calendar month for a whole year. Should a rider fail to complete a brevet in a given month, they must start all over again – these rides must be consecutive. I took on the challenge…

  • Paris-Brest-Paris 2019

    When the idea of Paris-Brest-Paris was first floated to me last year, I didn’t think I’d actually complete it. The last time I mouthed off about a bicycle adventure, I didn’t finish it so why would this be any different? PBP is different, though. It’s 6000 friends and soon-to-be friends riding their bikes around northern France’s countryside in late summer…

  • Audax Mythbusting

    On Tuesday, I wrote a tweet that set the cat among the pigeons and subsequently got a lot of replies around the reasons why Audax isn’t as popular as (I think) it should be. Why isn’t audax mega popular with all cyclists? Like how sportives once were. It generally costs less than a tenner, you get loads of often homemade…