Cyclo Sportive verses Audax
Over the last few years the so called cyclo sportive events have gained in popularity. I am sure the reasons for this up-surge are many and variable but I expect the challenge of riding in a semi-compettive event that challenges the riders physical and mental boundaries has somthing to do with it. For others the attraction is the opportunity to ride in different parts of the country.
The down sides of sportive riding are the relativly small number of events (~100/year) and the high cost of entry (£10-£50). However, you do usually get electronic timing and good feed stations and a sag-wagon.
Audaxes on the other hand are rather informal in terms of organisation which keeps the cost down to a more reasonable £3-£10 level; there are also around about 600 events run each year. Riders are expected to be self-reliant on the road but there are usually plenty of feed stations. On the Audax UK website where you can find a calendar of events and even see how well Cambridge CC is doing in the national points compettion.
Cambridge CC members will be running several Audax events this year, details here where you can follow the links to the details and entry froms. The first of the rides are on the 21 March when both a 100km and a 200km events will be run. Why not think about entering?