Welcome to Cambridge Audax

long-distance cycling from Cambridge

Cambridge Audax promotes long-distance rides from Cambridge, particularly audax rides.

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Audax is an endurance cycling discipline, like fast touring, but with a time limit.  Audax distances are tough, but well within reach of any club riders and most active amateurs. You're only trying to beat the time limit and yourself, positions don't matter, take as long as you want — within the time limit — and take any route you want via the controls or checkpoints — we give you clear, easy-to-follow routesheets as well.

The audax community is wide-ranging with regular riders from all walks of life, both men and women, aged 15 to 85!  Use any human-powered transport you like, there's no need for an expensive racing bike.  When you ride audax, you will also discover you're capable of more than you ever thought.

Sportives are for people who like to pretend they’re racing; audax is for people who like to pretend they aren’t!

Enter a ride and give it a go — we are finding and creating rides of different distances and difficulties around Cambridge, so you should always find something new to challenge yourself with.  On completion, your efforts will be recorded on Audax UK's finishers' lists so you can keep track of your achievements.

Upcoming Events — The Cambridge Pork Pie 200 and Spring Dash 100 — 18 March 2017 »

We are running these two events again this spring — a great way to start your year and test your winter fitness — winter miles = summer smiles, and now's the time to see who smiley you feel!!

The 200km Pork Pie event heads 100km north-west to Melton Mowbray, the spritual home of the humble pork pie.  Just a single control in MM, this is an ideal test for the first stage of London-Edinburgh-London.

The 100km Spring Dash event takes you in a big triangle across the hills south of Cambridge.  Breakfast at The Tally Ho in Barkway; brunch at Bicicletta in Saffron Walden; and chips and an afternoon pint in Bradman's in Withersfield.

Navigation is straightfoward, distance is everything … and cake, almost more than you can eat!

We think many cyclists would enjoy the endurance aspect of audax as much as the sprint-for-the-line of a club run; we think they just need a bit of encouragement to give it a go.  With these Cambridge routes, riders can start close to home and ride hundreds of kilometres of new rides. 

Still interested?  Read more about audax here, or browse the local audax rides here

News

The Cambridge Pork Pie and Spring Dash ride report is available »

New route available: Cambridge Chilterns Pathfinder 200 »

February 2016: Cambridge Chilterns Pathfinder is a new 200km permanent ride heading out into the playground of the Chilterns via some fantastic scenery south of Cambridge.  The route is definitely hilly with 2400m of elevation gain, and most of the ups are short and sharp, ramping to nearly 12% in several places!  Definitely challenging for flatlanders with plenty of classic Chilterns scenery for uplanders to enjoy.  It is available to ride now »

New route available: Cambridge Suffolk Eye-full 200 »

January 2016: Cambridge Suffolk Eye-full is a new 200km permanent ride heading in a boomerang-shaped easterly direction through Suffolk to Eye and back.  The route is as hilly as we could make it, but still not that challenging.  It is available to ride now »

Merry New Year!

January 2016: Happy New Year!  An exciting and successful first season of organising rides from Cambridge resulted in six new permanent routes with a respectable take-up by local riders, as well as the placement in the calendar of our first two calendar rides due in 2016.  A decent start to what is likely a five-year effort to provide a stable base of rides serving all distances.

Calendar-events page updated with rides for 2016 »

The Cambridge Spring Dash 100km calendar event is go!  »

It's official — We are running a new 100km event on 19 March 2016 alongside the Pork Pie for those riders who would love to try audax, but aren't sure about riding 200km in March More info »

The Cambridge Pork Pie 200km calendar event is go!  »

It's official — 19 March 2016 is the inaugural run of The Cambridge Pork Pie 200km calendar event — a really fine, flat & hilly — !! — early-season event starting from Girton, Cambridge, and heading to Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire for some of the aforementioned pork pie. More info »

BIG NEWS — WE ARE CLEARED TO RUN OUR FIRST CALENDAR EVENT!

October 2015: We are very excited to announce we've achieved provisional-organiser status for calendar events!  We are — TBC — going to run The Cambridge Pork Pie 200km audax event from Girton, Cambridge, on 19 March 2016 — woohoo!  We'll let you know when you can enter.