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300km Memories

AUDAX original

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.

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Bloody ‘ell!!

Despite being a beautiful day the AUDAX 200km this past weekend had one of the highest failure rates ever!   Ran out of tubes, food poisoning,  ran out of energy, ran into Wes Hughes…you name it, the reasons were plentiful.  More than 50 riders lined up for the ride on Saturday and it looks like almost 20 did not finish.  The preliminary results will be out soon.

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Photo by Vladimir T.

The border crossing took a bit longer than usual which meant that the group was split almost immediately in JB.  The first group set off at a moderate pace in order to train for C-P (Chiang Mai – Phuket) which is happening in late March.  Keeping the moderate pace of 32km/hour meant that they  would keep their breaks short and not be blown to shreds by the end of the ride.  That was the plan.  We rode along with the idea that the Integrated Riders team surely would sweep us up within the first 70km.  Surprisingly we only got caught at the 108km at the Shell station.  The IR team and a few others pulled into Shell with half of the group looking very worn out trying to keep up with the faster paced riders.   To quote one of the riders from Yorkshire upon his arrival at Shell 108km-  ‘bloody ‘ell’!!.    The IR led group had an average pace of 35km/hour at KM 108.  Fast!

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Feb 11th 200km AUDAX

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This Saturday the second AUDAX 200km ride willl take place.   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.  The Starbucks is still partially under renovation so there will be limited seats…should be done in March.

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.   Usually people find a group they are comfortable with before we hit the border…after crossing they usually wait and regroup at the JB Shell.


 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.

Nutrition

There are plenty of places to stop for water and snacks. Most of the stops are at petrol stations at approximately 30km (JB SHell), 72km the one before Pekan Nanas, KM 108 before hitting Kulai and then usually the Shell after the coconut stand which should be around 160km.   There is a 50% chance that the coconut stand will be open.   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.

Bike

imageMake 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.

Pace

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post ride @ Brewerkz

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 www.directasia.com

I won’t travel without it!  http://www.directasia.com/blog/cycling-in-asia-be-prepared/