Audax etiquette


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I will be riding my first audax on Thursday a 200km ride in Southern Denmark. I have my own plan worked out and want to keep and eye on my speed to keep it at about 23kph average and heart rate and not many stops. I will also want to ride alone. Its part of a training plan and not intentionally anti social.

Is this acceptable in Audax. I dont want to let the flag down.


Kilometre nibbler
It's what I do. That may be good or bad, I don't know.

Ajax Bay

East Devon
Have an excellent ride, Steve. I suggest you be cheery with all other riders, let them sit on your wheel if they want to, ideally after a short chat. After all riding on the front is the same as riding alone. And if they ride alongside chatting, that's scarcely going to affect your TCR preparation, provided you maintain the pace you want. If they go ahead (or half wheel), let them go, if necessary allowing HR to drop briefly (ie for a minute). I keep an eye on HR (it's the top window in my Edge 500 display) which helps me be aware when I'm pushing too hard and when I'm loafing a bit. Noone will give two hoots about you stopping or not stopping. Fuel well.

Ming the Merciless

There is no mercy
Inside my skull
Apart from team events such as the Fleches everyone does their own thing. They are not club runs where you stick together. So sociable but you ride the event the way you want. Some make the most of stops, some don't , some will average around 30km/h or above moving, some will average much less. If you are riding with someone and they want to stop or get a puncture there is no obligation for you to stop as well. Just say your goodbyes and say see you down the road or some such.


Found in the Yorkshire hills ...
On yesterday's 300 to Skeggy I suffered from a bad stomach most of the day; there were invites to join groups but I wasn't feeling well enough.

So instead I mostly rode alone.

Both are fine.


Kilometre nibbler
Most things under the heading "etiquette" are total cobblers. Just rules made up for rules' sake by people who like rules. Can generally safely be ignored in favour of common sense and consideration for others.
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