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Audax Randonneurs #1

I have been seriously into bicycling as a hobby/sport for nearly 2 years. Mostly I just ride about the country roads on my own...I ride 5 or 6 days each week...my rides are usually in the range of 45-100km...it is a pleasant, generally low-impact way to explore the countryside and to maintain fitness.

 

However, I have slowly realised that bicycling is becoming a popular past-time in Thailand, even in Surin Province in the remote NE of the country where we live. In the past 3 months I have participated in several group bicycling events, including races...in November I rode in my first Audax event, a 200km ride organised by Surin Cycling Club.

 

Audax is a worldwide "club" with a focus on the Audacity of long-distance bicycling, with rides of 200-1000km. There are 2 kinds of participatory styles...the first is a group ride, in which all participants ride together from start to finish...the second is a free-style [known as randonneuring] ride, in which all participants start together but can then elect to ride alone or in small groups and only need to reach the end prior to the cut-off time and with their Trip Passport fully stamped to show they passed through all checkpoints.

 

Here is a short series of images relating to my first experience of Audax Randonneuring. The pictures were made by  the official photographer of the Surin Cycling Club, and he seemed a little fixated on me, probably because I was the only non-Thai participant and also the oldest rider, and his inclination to get me in the frame presented me with a unique opportunityto focus on one of my hobbies/passions in this short series. There were about 250 riders in this event.

 

Start time is 0500, so here we are at the start at about 0455 in the dark...I am with the group of riders from the Prasat casual cycling club, with whom I have previously done a couple of social rides, and the plan is I will ride the course with them as I am a newby [and all the course directions are written in Thai].

2017 Audax

Audax Randonneurs #1

I have been seriously into bicycling as a hobby/sport for nearly 2 years. Mostly I just ride about the country roads on my own...I ride 5 or 6 days each week...my rides are usually in the range of 45-100km...it is a pleasant, generally low-impact way to explore the countryside and to maintain fitness.

 

However, I have slowly realised that bicycling is becoming a popular past-time in Thailand, even in Surin Province in the remote NE of the country where we live. In the past 3 months I have participated in several group bicycling events, including races...in November I rode in my first Audax event, a 200km ride organised by Surin Cycling Club.

 

Audax is a worldwide "club" with a focus on the Audacity of long-distance bicycling, with rides of 200-1000km. There are 2 kinds of participatory styles...the first is a group ride, in which all participants ride together from start to finish...the second is a free-style [known as randonneuring] ride, in which all participants start together but can then elect to ride alone or in small groups and only need to reach the end prior to the cut-off time and with their Trip Passport fully stamped to show they passed through all checkpoints.

 

Here is a short series of images relating to my first experience of Audax Randonneuring. The pictures were made by  the official photographer of the Surin Cycling Club, and he seemed a little fixated on me, probably because I was the only non-Thai participant and also the oldest rider, and his inclination to get me in the frame presented me with a unique opportunityto focus on one of my hobbies/passions in this short series. There were about 250 riders in this event.

 

Start time is 0500, so here we are at the start at about 0455 in the dark...I am with the group of riders from the Prasat casual cycling club, with whom I have previously done a couple of social rides, and the plan is I will ride the course with them as I am a newby [and all the course directions are written in Thai].

2017 Audax

comments (12)

The early bird catches...
Ray: I am am early riser, Larry...rarely get up later than 0500...it is a wonderful time of day.
This should be great series, Ray!
Ray: I hope you enjoy a week of images featuring an old codger in lycra, Elizabeth! smile
It probably helps, Ray, that you're also right behind the START sign??? smile And now you and Alan can compare notes....!
Ray: Cripes, Ginnie...you can read Thai!!!

Our Al and I already communicate frequently on cycling-related blogs/sites...he is my GoTo expert on cakes and other cycling fuel, while I gently prod him towards the acceptance of full lycra costumes...
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Dec 2017, 07:24
I love the shirts, easy to follow in the dark... good for them that you can be in a group and don't have to read, although I have no problems with the START sign grin grin... Good for you, you can be proud. What thinks Na of your adventures???
Ray: The plan was good, Astrid but you will see that the execution was faulty. You and Ginnie have both learned to read Thai! smile

Na thinks I am stark raving bonkers!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Dec 2017, 07:43
I never realised that the word "Start" is Thai; amazing how foreign words have crept into the English language. Why the early start; the coolest part of the day? Thank you for the explanation fo "Audax"; that has always puzzled me.
Ray: I am proud of my obvious role in teaching you, Astrid and Ginnie to read Thai script, Al.

I think the early start was mainly to add some additional levels of terror to the course.

I had heard of Audax before, but decided to find out a bit about it as I registered to participate...it is a hugely popular thing in some countries...quite popular these days in Thailand which has adopted the randonneuring style.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Dec 2017, 07:49
I didn't realise that you are such an 'audax' (Latin for audacious) biker - you are the Alan of Thailand!
Ray: This is my first experience of Audax events, Philine, but I have been slowly increasing my riding distances for the past 18 months.

The question I must ask myself is "Is it a good thing to be the Alan of Thailand?". smile
De quoi passer un bon moment ..beaucoup de coureur quand même au départ !
Bonne journée Ray
Ray: C'est ma première expérience de pilotage dans un grand groupe en Thaïlande, Claudine, et j'espère que les autres pilotes ne vont pas tomber en panne! smile
Alan Rolfe will be green with envy
Ray: Alan would be green only if he spilled some lime green cake frosting on his cycling costume, Bill!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 25 Dec 2017, 08:39
You are getting yourself a new lease of life at a time when most old gentlemen are thinking can I walk as far as the front door today?

Good on yer Sport - geddoutthereandshowthem!!
Ray: As everyone thinks I am too old to be hired, Chris, I might as well use my time&energy on things that amuse and challenge me.
Great stuff, Ray - I'm looking forward to the series.
Ray: Mostly some old codger in lycra cycling costume, Tom.
I see you are already wearing a crown. Good day for that. smilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmile
Ray: Ha Ha

I enjoyed your remark, Mary.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 28 Dec 2017, 05:54
Do you think you will "progress" to randonneuring, Ray?
Ray: Oh yes...for sure, Lisl!

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