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C2P for a Great Cause

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C2P Riders – Chiang Mai – Phuket March 25 2017

These familiar AUDAX faces will be gearing up for a big ride from Chiang Mai Thailand to Phuket Thailand. The ride is approximately 1600 km and the riders plan on doing it in six grueling days. Each day the plan is to cover 250-300km per day. The ride, the VisionQuest1500, will be raising money for A New Vision, an organization that prevents curable blindness by enabling cataract operations across Southeast Asia. If you are in a position to give, please support our goal of raising $10,000 to support A New Vision.  NO donation is too small!

The History of C2P

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Like most good rides, this ride was planned over some good food and a couple of beers at Brewerkz National Stadium. Andy Bennett and Patrick Williams had the idea to do a massive ride. The original ride plan was a route that would take the riders from Singapore across the entire Malaysian peninsula into Phuket Thailand. This ride is approximately 1500km which is where the 1500 came from. The VisionQuest was added when we decided we needed a good reason to do this ride and doing it for a worthy charity will give us strength to answer the question ‘why are we doing this again?’….which will likely come up many times over the course of the six days. The original plan was also to do this ride unsupported with panniers…aka Cowboy Style. With collaborative group discussion, the original plan changed to include some vehicle support and hotels to attract some less hardened riders into the fray. In addition, after getting some guidance about the southern border in Thailand we swapped the route from Singapore – Phuket to Chiang Mai to Phuket. With less border crossing the ride should be a bit easier! In addition, we also have a bonus 100km so now the VisionQuest1500 is actually 1600 KM….too late to change the logo though.

Special thanks go to Fidel Kreuzer who has helped arrange all the support and  who has also provided some great insights on the local roadways and directions!  The riders will arrive in Phuket on March 30 if all goes as planned.

Day 1

https://www.strava.com/routes/ 7613742

Day 2

https://www.strava.com/routes/ 7613255

Day 3

https://www.strava.com/routes/ 7613818

Day 4

https://www.strava.com/routes/ 7613712

Day 5

https://www.strava.com/routes/ 7614027

Day 6

https://www.strava.com/routes/ 7613518

March 4 AUDAX 300km

The AUDAX 300km is this Satruday March 4. As usual, registration opens at 5am and we roll at 5:30 am sharp. As usual, the ride will start at the Starbucks at United Square (Address: 101 Thomson Road, #01-01 United Square, 307591)  Note that this ride will end at Brewerkz National Stadium as the other one is under construction. SIGN UP HERE

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AUDAX 300km Route   – you can download the .GPX file here if you don’t know the route.

What to Bring

You need your passport, EP, PR cards and anything it takes to cross the border into Malaysia.  It is good to bring some Malaysian Ringgit to buy things along the way.  This ride will follow the new AUDAX 300km route for 2016.  The first 108km is the same as the 200km but then we head north into the thriving metropolis of Kluang.  At KM 160 we will be in Kluang where you can get a proper lunch before pressing on.  There are plenty of petrol stations to refill water.

Your Bike

Tighten everything up and bring tubes and tires.  If you get a puncture yell loud and throw your arm in the air…nice people will stop and help you.

Pace

There are many of the C-P people going so there will be a nice paced group.  Ride within your own pace….you have a total of 20  hours to complete the ride.  If you do not go to Brewerkz but do 300km then send your timing to me on Sunday.

300km Memories

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History of Singapore AUDAX 300km

The photo above is one of the best memories and pictures of Singapore AUDAX. It has Singapore AUDAX founder Jean-Francois Torrelle, Brian Johnsen, Lundy, Gareth, Barry, Peter and Jeff Kennedy…all the people who rode most of the AUDAX rides.  The photo was taken by another AUDAX original…Denise Silk.  This tin shed provided us some cover from a massive downpour.  The nice family who owned it made us tea to keep us warm.  It was a ride that created strong partnership and created great friendships.

The first 300km of  2017 is coming up on March 4, 2017.  As you contemplate on whether or not you want to tackle this big one, take a look at some memories of AUDAX 300km rides in the past.  The route we take now is the Patrick Williams Way which includes the first 108km of the 200km route before going off to Kluang.  The next 50 km of hilly nice roads take you to Kluang at KM 160 where you can grab some lunch and rest a bit.  After that we power through to Kulai where we do 4km of the J94 rollers before hitting the Kulai hills at KM 244 (save some energy).  Here is the route The New 300km route for 2016-17

August 2009 – AUDAX 300km

At the beginning of every AUDAX ride people are always happy.

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Then something happens in between.  Where did all the smiles go?

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This was Winston’s first ever AUDAX 300km ride…he crushed it.

June 13, 2009- AUDAX 300km

Once again we took the old 300km route to Kluang, Kota Tinggi and then back home via the J94 rollers.  It was an interesting ride…we had a support van due to saftey and we had 13 riders who joined this 300km ride.   By the time we were getting into Kota Tinggi the skies were getting dark.  Stopping at the usual roti prata place for some food we sat and wondered what the weather would do.  We actually sat there for around two hours and then the skies opened up with a massive downpour.  The nice thing about having the van was that eight people were able to jump in it….13-8=5 though.  So five riders had to power on through the remaining 90km in pouring rain and thunder storms to get home to Longhouse.  Martin Reynolds was one of the lucky five riders and he wanted to get a bit of rest before pressing on.

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The weather got a lot worse and by the time we hit the rollers and had a puncture it was pouring down in buckets.  All the riders got home safely and only 5 qualified for this one!

April 2, 2011 – AUDAX 300km

This 300km was on the old route that took riders from Kluang to Kota Tinggi on the way back home.   It was always hot in Kota Tinggi and this young French rider decided to take a little break along the way.  We ended up at the shopping center as the usual roti prata stand in Kota Tinggi was closed.

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When you arrive in Kota Tinggi you had already completed 220km.

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Kota Tinggi did have some fun moments however!  In the past we used to start and finish all the rides at Longhouse….since that has been sold we now finish elsewhere.  Many of the rides ended just like this shot below. Note the bunny did not complete the ride.

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Sept 10, 2010 – AUDAX 300km

Another blazing hot day in the saddle into Kota Tinggi….

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Back in 2010 the peleton experienced the powerful cyclist from Norway and set a then-record time to complete the 300km route.

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April 18, 2010 – AUDAX 300 and 400km 

This was one of the first times we combined the 300 and 400km rides.  In the old days we used to do the final 100km in Singapore for the 400km distance and those who did the 300km pulled off and went home direct from Woodlands checkpoint.   This ride had many of the AUDAX originals!  This photo was taken at the McDonalds in Kluang…which is highly not recommended for food.

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In the olden days it used to take four riders and one manager (Bransby) to fix a puncture!

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August 2016 – AUDAX 300km

Not sure what happened but the pace seemed to pick up on the 300km rides in 2014-15 when many more riders started joining to qualify for the Paris Brest Paris ride. We had a lot of the fast guys from various race clubs out and then some of the other guys just hung on the train to finish faster.  There will definitely be multiple paced groups for the upcoming 300km ride.  These rides provide additional time to meet new people, share some great riding experiences, and enjoy the nice terrain in Malaysia.

Photo by Julian Doyle

Photo by Julian Doyle