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On the Saturday 29th April 2017 we are venturing into the world of audax cycling.

The event is open to Chain Gang members and in good old audax tradition will be limited to just 12 participants.

For those who want to be part of the action email to claim your place.

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A typical audax bicycle. Steel frame and hub dynamo.

Ever tried an Audax or long distance cycling? 

Well this might be a good place to start.

What is an Audax?

Audax is a cycling sport in which participants attempt to cycle long distances within a pre-defined time limit. Audax is a non-competitive sport: success in an event is measured by its completion.

Time and distance.

The distance will be 200 km over mixed terrain. The route will take in a mixture of main and back roads. Audax cycling has been described as orienteering on a bicycle. The participant will have a maximum time of 13.5 hours to complete the course.“Audax Rules”

The Route.

In general the route will have a mix of a familiar and less familiar feel to members participating. A straight forward enough cycle through Farranfore before taking a left turn to Killarney via Coolick. A brief flirtation with Killarney ensues until the back roads once again call, carrying us east toward Gneevgullia and the Cork border at Rathmore.

Once into Cork the route continues east through Millstreet and Banteer before turning in a northerly direction towards Kanturk, Newmarket and Rockchapel. The route enters back into Kerry and more familiar terrain as it winds its way towards Listowel via the Cork line road. Following the flat Ballybunion road to Lisselton we take a left turn, cycling over the River Feale (for the 3rd time) to Ballyduff and the Coast/Line road into Causeway. A flattish route takes us to Ardfert via Lerrig before entering Tralee via Barrow and Spa.

Tralee-Farranfore-Killarney-Gneevgullia-Millstreet-Kanturk-Newmarket-Rock Chapel-Listowel-Lisselton-Ballyduff-Causeway-Lerrig-Ardfert-Churchill-Tralee  “Route link and cue sheet”

The specifics:

  • Starting from Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee
  • Start time 7:30 am
  • Date 29 April 2017

Specific pointers for first timers:

  • An audax is very much a self-sufficient cycle. Having enough food, water and/or money for the duration is a must!
  • Know the route! It’s advisable to either memorize the route, carry a map/route card or have it downloaded onto an electronic device.
  • Have a plan B! In the unlikely event that you break down and are stuck, be sure to have a back up plan.
  • The bicycle…this is what you will be sitting on for 200 km. Be sure it’s checked over, clean, good solid tyres that are pumped and working brakes. Lights are a must have!

Points of interest….Links to…..Audax Ireland  Wikipedia audax Ian’s Audax Pages