Next AUDAX 200km is Feb 11, 2017

200km DONE

main group pic


This AUDAX 200km ride was the biggest in Singapore AUDAX history. On Friday night we had more than 70 people registered for the ride.  As usual, we lost some of them due to injuries, illness, alcohol-related issues, or other reasons.  More than 60 people started the ride early Saturday morning as we set off to Malaysia for the first ride in 2017.  The weather was cooperative most of the day and the pace was slower as many were recovering from a hectic holiday season.  The results will be in next week.


Sporting the 2017 AUDAX Kit

Leaving the JB Shell the fast guys set off with Brian Johnsen while the more conservative riders formed a massive second group. The pace was smart but somewhat influenced by Ben Farnsworth who did a massive amount of front time to try to catch the fast group that left without him.  We arrived in good shape at the petrol station before Pekan Nanas.  The section between Pekan Nanas and Bukit Batu is the nicest section of the ride.   Quiet rolling roads with low traffic volumes was a nice change from the highway in JB.  The second group coasted through this entire section at 35-40km/ hour on the efforts of Stanislav, Andy Bennett and Marcus towing the entire group at a swift and steady pace.  As we approached the next rest stop a few people were starting to suffer due to the pace and rising temperatures.  Ben luckily caught up with Brian and the others in Group One which now had split into two groups.  Now all the fast guys were gone and group two could relax a bit… we thought.

In a big group, it is important to realize when people are starting to suffer and to take the necessary steps to ensure they all finish safely and in good shape.  Julian Doyle did just that as we approached the second petrol station and he decided to ease back a bit to support a group of riders who were starting to feel the pain.   Julian led a group of riders through the final 90km to success despite pleas for ‘never again’, ‘I can’t do this’ and ‘Uber!!’…this is not an easy task.  The Julian Group finished at Brewerkz to celebrate a  tough ride and it is likely they are all extremely happy the pushed on and finished.  Julian wins the Lundy Worker Award for guiding this group home safely.  Congrats Julian!


Doyle wins the Lundy Worker Award

Not all the riders who do AUDAX speed through the ride to get home faster.  Some riders take the time to enjoy the scenery, enjoy lunch, enjoy the ride.   These riders are usually nice people who smile a lot and enjoy the scenery, food and the experience of the full ride.    The Silk Smile Award goes to Koh Ling Ling.   Ling Ling was smiling even before registration and it continued on to the very end!  Ling Ling is a long distance champion who has done every AUDAX distance and no matter how long she rides she always has a smile on her face.   Congrats Ling Ling!


This AUDAX ride also had many new faces in the crowd which means there may have been people who had no idea where to go.  (Actually…most people don’t know where they are going and hope that someone else loaded the .gpx file into their Garmin).  One of the youngest riders on Saturday was 21 year old Kaela who recently moved to Singapore from Hawaii.  Kaela joined a speedy group at the beginning and seemed to disappear before the JB Shell.  Many assumed she went home and skipped the journey into Malaysia.  It turned out that Kaela made the ride and caught up with Jerome Limozin in Bukit Batu.  A true gentleman, Jerome made the trip to Brewekz to guide Kaela to a well-deserved beer.  Jerome wins the JFT AUDAX Spirit Award for being such a gentleman.  Congrats Jerome!


Jerome thinking ‘why am I doing this?’

All the award winners win a pair of Singapore AUDAX socks!

All photos taken by others…thank you for them.

Finally, special thanks to Kimberly Norman who wakes up early to register the riders and keeps us all organized!  See you February 11th for the next AUDAX 200km….sure to be easier.



Let 2017 begin – AUDAX 200km

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There are a number of people already signed up for the AUDAX 200km on January 14, 2017.  As usual, the ride will start at the Starbucks at United Square (Address: 101 Thomson Road, #01-01 United Square, 307591) and will finish at Brewerkz at Riverside Point.  We will be following the Patrick Williams Way AUDAX 200km and you can download the .GPX file from this map below.  Meet at 5am to register / sign up and we roll at 5:30 sharp.   This is the first ride of the 2017 year so if you have not signed up as a member you can do it at registration.    Rides are S$5 for members and S$25 for non-members. 
 Riders will have 13 hours to complete the 200km distance.  SIGN UP HERE

First time doing an AUDAX Ride?

The ride is mostly in Malaysia so you need to bring your passport, EP, PR, white card for visitors, return travel tickets for overseas tourists, etc.  Anything you need to cross the border you need to bring.


There are plenty of places to stop for water and snacks.  The stops are mostly at petrol (gas) stations.  The currency used in Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringgit.  It is usually good to bring some Ringgit and some Singapore dollars for food and drink when you get back home.  Many of the riders usually finish at Brewerkz with some much needed calorie replacement.  It is usually advisable to bring enough food for at least 100km and then top up at the various stops in Malaysia.


Make sure you tires are in good shape. It is usually a good idea to bring two spare tubes, CO2 cannisters, and a friend who will carry a spare tire.  Tighten everything up  as the roads in Malaysia are not as nice as the ones here in Singapore.   If you get a puncture then raise your hand and let people know so they can help you fix your puncture.


It is a good idea to pace yourself.  There are riders who will ride at varying speeds and it is usually a good idea to ride at a pace that you feel you can complete the full 200km distance.


At the end of the ride your time will be recorded and sent to Paris for ‘homologation’.  For those who are planning to do long distance rides and who need to use AUDAX rides as qualifiers you will get an official homologation number within two weeks.  Medallions are also available (S$25 each) for finishers who want to remember their time on the bike.   Each of the AUDAX rides have medallions:  200km, 300km, 400km, 600km and for those who do all four there is the Super Randonneur Medallion.













Travel Insurance

It is a good idea to have travel insurance for this trip to Malaysia. (or anywhere really).  I use

I won’t travel without it!


Oct 29 AUDAX 400km

fixing flatsThe AUDAX 400km will be the final AUDAX ride of the 2016 season.  The ride will be starting early at 12:05 am on October 29th in Singapore.  We will start at the Scotts Road Starbucks and ride approximately 100km in Singapore first and then do the AUDAX 300km in Malaysia.  This route is designed to maximize safety and to ensure that there are suitable meal stops open in places like Kluang which we should hit at approximately 260km.  The Singapore route will take us from Starbucks, Stevens Road, Mt. Pleasant, Upper Thompson Road, Yishun, Seletar, Jalan Kayu, Ponggol, Pasir Ris, East Coast Changi Coast Road, through the CBD, WCH to Kranji, through Kranji to the Woodlands checkpoint.  It is recommended that we stay in one or two groups for this section and then arrive in Malaysia for the standard AUDAX 300km.   This official route ends when you cross back over the border into Singapore which caters to people no matter where they live on the island. It is expected that we will likely finish around dinner time on the Saturday.

If you have not done the 300km route before then it is advisable that you download the .gpx file from the Strava link below.  The 300km covers the first 110km as the new 200km and then instead of heading home you go the other direction towards Kluang.  From the 110km mark you have 50 km of nice rolling hills on quiet roads which takes you to the city of Kluang.  Kluang has many food options and is an ideal spot to rest a bit and eat a big meal.  After Kluang we head back to Kulai and near the end we get to do the fun Kulai Hills.  There is no guarantee that the coconut stand will be open but there are plenty of places to get food and drinks along the way.  For the entire 400km you have 27 hours to complete the ride to be successful.  Unlike the 200km and 300km rides, the pace is reasonable as most people are concerned about blowing up.


The standard 300km route is below:

What to bring? 

Well you need your passport, PR, EP and any other documentation it takes to cross the border into Malaysia.  You should also bring some Malaysian Ringgit to buy water and food along the way.  The 300km route is a bit hilly so make sure you have good legs and maybe a few salt tablets. It is also advisable to bring tubes, co2 cartridges, food, and a chain tool so that Andy Bennett can fix any broken chains.  It is wise to check the quality of your tires and make sure everything on your bike is nice and tightly secured. Good lighting is a must as we will be in the dark for at least 6-7 hours…maybe more if we get back later than expected.

super-randonneur-logoWhy would you do a 400km ride? Well if you had a chance to do the 600km this year it is likely you have done a few 200s and a 300km ride too.  If you complete the 200, 300, 400 and 600 km you qualify for the Super Randonneur category and are able to buy the SR Medallion.  If that is of no interest to you then you can benefit from the exercise and eat and drink more after.

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200km Finale

Blazing fast 200km is the best way to describe last Saturday’s AUDAX  ride which was the final 200km of the year.  With more than 50 people lining up to start, most people disregarded the possible 13 hour time limit and from the very beginning the pace was fast.  The majority of the group arrived at JB Shell together for the final 200km of 2016.  It was great to see so many new people coming out to the AUDAX rides.


Not everyone enjoyed the pace…

The ride started a bit prematurely after a quick stop at the JB Shell which forced some riders to pedal hard to catch the pack by the next stop (pictured above).   By the second Shell the riders split into a group of 8-10 fast guys with a 2nd group of 30+ making their way along the nice country roads in Pekan Nanas.    Both groups moved through the nice country side and by the next stop in Bukit Batu the 2nd group grew in size inheriting some of the shattered riders from group 1.


After 110km people made their way to the Kulai Hills after a short stint on the J94 rollers.  A few more members of Group 1 joined Group 2 along the way.  For the first time in years the official coconut stand was open and actually selling coconuts.


1RM per coconut was a popular offering

There is no doubt this was a fast one.  Group 2 had an average speed of more than 34km/hour for the 200km and we arrived back in Singapore before 1pm.

Awards – each winner gets a pair of Singapore AUDAX socks

The JFT AUDAX Spirit Award goes to Phil Morris who led a group of first timers safely around the course and got some new people out on the road!

The Lundy Worker Award goes to Francis Leong who did lots of front work from Pekan Nanas to the Shell station in Bukit Batu.  Despite having a massive group of approximately 30 riders, Francis was regularly on the front pulling the massive train along at 37-40km/hour.  Many riders were struggling just to stay on the train let alone taking a pull at the front!  Good job Francis.

After a punchy 40km with group 1 Adam Brooks decided to join group 2 from KM 108 for the remainder of the ride.  He still managed a smile despite early big efforts and after completing the Kulai hills.  Adam wins the Silk Smile Award.


Award Winners Adam Brooks and Francis Leong

The next and final AUDAX ride of 2016 is on October 29, 2016.  More information about the AUDAX 400km on October 29, 2016 will be out shortly.  Ride safe.

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NEW START Place – Final 200km for 2016

For this weekend the 200km will be starting at a different Starbucks as the United Sq one is closed.  Scotts Road Starbucks is the place to start.  Ride registration at 5am and we roll at 530.  As per usual, the ride finishes at Brewerkz Riverside Point.

Address: 9 Scotts Rd, 228210
Phone:6736 4315

You will have a total time of 13:30 hours to complete the ride.  Ride registration starts at 0500 and we roll at 5:30 sharp.   Bring your passport, EP, PR, or anything else you need to cross the border into Malaysia.  It is also handy to have some Malaysian Ringgit to buy water and things from the stop points.  We will be doing the Patrick Williams Route (see below for Strava link) and it is likely there will be a few groups based on speeds.  Sign Up Here

You can find the route on this link below and download the .gpx file for your Garmin.

AUDAX 2017 Kit

The 2017 Singapore AUDAX Kit is designed and the order is going in soon  to arrive in Singapore before Christmas.  First, please make sure you check the sizes – they fit different than usual kits. For example, I normally wear M or L in kits but for Sportful it is an XL.   The sizing chart can be found here

To order click here – ORDER KIT

Pro Kit – Once again the kit is made by Sportful. The lightweight material is the same used by the Saxo Tinkoff pro team in the Tour de France.  The bib quality is good enough to do more than 600km in one ride.

2017 Kit v2


2017 Calendar

Below is the 2017 Singapore AUDAX Calendar

Date – Distance

January 14, 2017 – 200km

February 11, 2017 –  200km

March 4, 2017- 300km

April 1, 2017 – 400km

April 22, 2017- 200km

May 27, 2017 – 300km

June 10, 2017 – 600km

July 8, 2017 – 300km

July 30- August 4, 2017- London – Edinburgh – London (not affiliated with Singapore AUDAX but many interested)

August 19, 2017 – 200km

September 23, 2017 – 200km

October 7, 2017 – 200km


AUDAX 200km SEP 17

IMG_1418Ride report – by Patrick Williams
Singapore Audax 200
17 Sept. 2016

It was a group of 30 that set out from Novena for the penultimate 200 of the year under the tutelage of Jeff Paine, the fearless rider leading the pack across the border into Malaysia. Unfortunately, Jeff’s Di2 battery—ignored the previous couple of weeks as Jeff built a vintage steel bike—chose its moment for revenge and left him unable to continue past the Malaysian border-side checkpoint. Boosting the group of Audax regulars was the Integrated Riding racing team, many of them taking on the 200 route for the first time. The ride started with some scattered showers in Singapore, but by the time everyone had crossed the border the skies had cleared. Luckily the clouds returned by about 9am, leaving the air quite humid but blessedly free from both sun and rain.


Customs line when you come back at 7am

We headed into Malaysia as day dawned, quickly settling into a 40+ km/h rolling pace led by IR’s Wes Hughes and RAAM tough guy Alan Bradley. Notwithstanding a couple of punctures early on, almost all the riders were still together at the 70km refueling station. However, it was an atypical pace for an Audax ride and I cautioned a few people not to ride over their heads. A few of the more seasoned Audax riders kept the stop very short and headed out onto the road again, only to be picked up a half-hour later by a hard-charging train, still headed by Wes. By the time we hit the 110km refueling station, more than a few riders had slowed down to manage themselves, while nearly 20 were still barreling on with nearly a 35km/h average. Again a few Audax riders including myself kept the break short and hit the rode relatively quickly, and again we were overhauled by the IR-dominated group. By then we had two riders relying on polymer ringgit banknotes to keep their tubes inside their tires, and another person riding with a broken-spoke wheel—a wheel which looked certain to taco at any moment during the last 2 hours but somehow functioned till the end.

The next hour was routine: pedal, stay in the slipstream, try not to get dropped in the hills. Amazingly, the coconut stand—abandoned since about 2010—was open for business at the 155km mark. A few riders seemed hesitant, but I and a couple others quickly ordered coconut juice for 1 ringgit, which was delicious (and I experienced no negative effects later on). We had shed another handful of riders in the hills and only later did I learn it was due to a puncture at the back of the group that I hadn’t known about. From the coconut stand, the front group took the traditional pre-2016 route back to Singapore, while later riders stayed on the 2016 route. The distances are nearly the same and converge at the border. From there I headed back home rather than to the official end of the route at Clark Quay since I had over 200km already. As far as I know, Leader Paine was there with a beer in-hand, ready to receive the finishers.

Ride reports aren’t necessarily soapboxes, but I want to take a minute to express my disappointment at the few riders I saw throwing empty plastic bottles and gel packets on the road during the ride. Jerseys typically come with 3 pockets and every bottle and packet discarded came out of one of those pockets. It is a very simple matter to stick those things back into your pocket until you can find an appropriate place to discard your waste. [I usually fold my used gel packets and slip then into the bottom of my bib shorts until the next stop to avoid getting anything in my pockets sticky.] Littering is an irresponsible habit and I hope riders will both take responsibility for keeping their own litter off the roads and help educate those they see littering in order to ensure we can have beautiful roads and scenery for years to come.

The Lundy Worker Award, given to the person who supports the group the best, goes to Wes Hughes. Even with a shredded tire at the half-way mark, and what looked like shredded legs by the end, Wes stayed out front until the end. ‘Nuff said.

JFT AUDAX Spirit Award, given to the person who exudes the AUDAX spirit and promotes long distance cycling, goes to Matt Latham.  Matt soloed a large amount of the ride and made it to Brewerkz for some much needed food.

The Silk Smile Award was not won by anybody as the pace was too fast for any smiles.

All award winners win a pair of AUDAX socks.

Next AUDAX 200km is October 8th!



200km Sep 17 2016


The next AUDAX 200km is on Saturday September 17, 2016. We will once again take the new Patrick Williams Route as it was very well received by the riders this year. In addition, we will continue to start at United Square Starbucks and finish at Brewerkz on Riverside Point.  Please sign up here Sign Up

This 200km will start as per usual with a ride briefing at 0500 and rolling at 0530 from United Square Starbucks.

Address: 101 Thomson Road, #01-01 United Square, 307591

You will have a total time of 13:30 hours to complete the ride.  Ride registration starts at 0500 and we roll at 5:30 sharp.   Bring your passport, EP, PR, or anything else you need to cross the border into Malaysia.

You can find the route on this link below and download the .gpx file for your Garmin.

AUDAX 2017 Proposed Calendar


AUDAX 600km – 2015 – back in Singapore

Below is the tentative schedule for Singapore AUDAX 2017.  Sure it is early but with many people talking about London – Edinburgh – London 2017 it was designed to enable suitable training.  This calendar has also been checked against 2017 public holidays in Singapore and avoids them as much as possible.

Preliminary Calendar – Singapore AUDAX 2017

Date – Distance

January 14, 2017 – 200km

February 11, 2017 –  200km

March 4, 2017- 300km

April 1, 2017 – 400km

April 22, 2017- 200km

May 27, 2017 – 300km

June 17, 2017 – 600km

July 8, 2017 – 300km

July 30- August 4, 2017- London – Edinburgh – London (not affiliated with Singapore AUDAX but many interested)

August 19, 2017 – 200km

September 23, 2017 – 200km

October 7, 2017 – 200km

AUDAX 300km AUG 20

fixing flats

Tired of riding in Singapore? It is that time again…AUDAX 300km.  Once again we will be taking the new 2016 Patrick Williams Route.  The New 300km route for 2016

Start Place
As usual, we will start at the Starbucks at United Square. The ride briefing will be at 5am and we roll sharply at 0530.  The ride must be completed within the 20 hour time limit to qualify for homologation.

Starbucks at Novena/United Square is open 24 hours, has plenty of seating, and there is a 7-11 there which is also open 24 hours….so this is the closest place that holds lots of bodies and has decent food/drink for early birds.  United Square – 101 Thomson Road #01-01 United Square Singapore 307591

The ride will end at Brewerkz at Riverside Point.

There are a variety of places to eat lunch at KM 160 in Kluang.    Remember to bring your passport, EP, PR, or whatever it takes to cross the border into Malaysia.  Also bring Ringgit for drinks and food along the way.  It is best to wear sunblock and bring plenty of nutrition.

Please register here Ride Sign Up

See you next week!


Sharing a blog post from 2014….same principles apply today!

Cycling in Asia Is Great, but Be Prepared

The cycling scene is Singapore is great. There are a large number of cyclists in different groups at varying skill levels. The roads are some of the best in the world and finding a pothole here can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Despite all the wonders of cycling in Singapore, it becomes an inevitable desire to see other great cycling destinations around Asia. There are so many good choices that you could keep yourself busy for years choosing new destinations. Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Vietnam all have exciting cycling opportunities for the Singapore based cyclist. Like most things, these opportunities come along with risks. While it is important to plan and prepare for overseas cycling adventures, it is advisable to plan for the risks along with all the fun parts of your cycling travels.

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AUDAX 400km

fixing flatsThe 400km ride, held on April 23-24, was be many accounts a great experience. We were lucky have partly- to mostly-cloudy skies throughout the day and even enjoyed a short rain shower after 2pm to cool us off.


With Jeff Paine out of town for the weekend, Steven Hon took over organizational responsibilities and got the group of 11 riders on the road from Novena at 5:30am. By 6:30 the group was through customs on the road in Malaysia. It was agreed at the outset that we would stay together as a single group while in Malaysia. This worked until about 10am, when some of the faster riders quit looking over their shoulders as often and we ended up splitting into two groups until Kluang. By Kluang we had lost Terence Lee, but heard from him that he had slowed and was doing his own thing. After lunch in Kluang, the group did indeed stay together, with four riders continuing to do most of the front time in service to the group. The weather enabled us to keep a solid pace and, notwithstanding Ken Ng’s newfound love for punctures, we arrived back in Singapore with a 31 average at 6pm. From there, we headed around Admiralty to Yishun, where Steven identified a great food court that was spacious and surprisingly not crowded for a Saturday evening. All present agreed that this should become our official dinner stop for future 400s. After fried rice with egg, cereal prawn with broccoli, and assorted beverages, we hit the road around 7:30pm to complete the last 100 km. We all benefitted from following Steven and Dimitry Kabelyan, who selflessly traded the lead over and over again from Seletar around Changi to the CBD to bring us home in good time. Three and half hours later, most of us were done.


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300km or 400km

On April 23, 2016 there will be both a 300km and a 400km AUDAX ride.  The 300km will be the exactly same route we took last weekend The New 300km route for 2016 and the 400km will be the 300km PLUS 100km in Singapore.   This way there should be more riders for the majority of the ride and safer in Malaysia.  We try to come back here before dark as it is generally more safe to ride in Singapore than in JB at night time.

Please sign up for either the 300km or the 400km here SIGN UP

Steven Hon will be managing the ride!  Thank you Steven…more information to come but just wanted to get the message out about the 300km or 400km option.  One thing to consider is that if you plan on achieving the Super Randonneur Status you may want to do the 400km.   To become a Super Randonneur in 2016 you need to complete a 200km, 300km, 400km and 600km.   Patrick Williams has already designed a very nice looking 600km route!  Stay tuned for more information about the rides on April 23rd.



IMG_2023Shortly after midnight, October 29th 2016, fourteen riders set off from the Starbucks at Scotts Road and Orchard Rd for a 400km ride, which would be the last official Singapore Audax ride of the year. In past years, the ride began at 5am with approximately 300km in Malaysia followed by 100km in Singapore. This time we did the 100km in Singapore first and then headed to Malaysia for the final 300, hoping to maximize nighttime riding and therefore minimize time in the afternoon heat.

As anticipated, the pace started off high (for a 400 at least) and didn’t let up—by 3:00am we had already covered 100km and two riders had gone back home to seek the comfort of their pillows. We stopped in Jurong West around 3:20am for an early breakfast before heading through Kranji and into Malaysia. As we prepared to hit the road, I found I had broken a rear spoke. Luckily we were only 3km from my house and so I pedaled home as quickly as possible to swap wheelsets while the rest of group slowly headed up the road to a quickly-planned rendezvous. With only about a 10-15 minute delay, we were back on the road as a group and headed into the Malaysia. Unfortunately the high pace caught out two more riders who were not feeling their best. We lost one just before the border and the another about 25km into Malaysia, just before the sun came up.

Down to 10 riders, we formed a rolling pace line at anything from 34-42km/h for the next few hours, until we hit the hills at the 240km mark. Once in the hills we began spreading out on the road and somehow lost two riders, who made it back to Singapore on their own. Of the remaining 8, we broke up into two groups of four after our lunch break at 300km. Each group worked well together and everybody was back in Singapore by 5pm.

Ask around for nominations for awards. Wes pulled a lot but I think he’s won Lundy already. Again nobody was smiling…. :-\