EWCC is affiliated to Audax United Kingdom, the internationally recognised long-distance cycling association in the UK. Usually referred to as Audax UK or AUK, it was established in 1976. AUK oversees the running of self-supported long-distance cycling events, and, using a system of timed checkpoints, validates and records every successful ride.
The ‘classic’ distances for AUK events are 200km, 300km, 400km and 600km. However, AUK aims to have something for everybody and events start from 50km (about 32 miles) and go all the way up to 1400km (about 875 miles), and even this is not the limit because there are set routes, known as ‘Permanents’, which span the length and breadth of the country and go up to 3200km.
All events can be entered through the AUK website: http://www.aukweb.net/events/.
A few of our club members invest a lot of time and energy in organising about 10 AUK events per year and host a separate page with these events and information on how to become an EWCC Super Randonneur.
Long-distance cycling under AUK rules is often (though inaccurately) referred to as audaxing. Mudguards are not required for any of these events. Use whatever bike suits you. If you don’t want to follow a routesheet then download the GPS file. You will need to be fit and self-sufficient. Most of these events, especially the longer ones, are hard. You should be an experienced cyclist with both fitness and stamina. There is a minimum speed of 15kph for all the events of 200km and above.
In 2018, EWCC finished 26th in a long list of clubs thanks to our passionate long-distance cyclists: http://www.aukweb.net/results/archive/2018/clubs/.