One of my goals for 2009 was to complete an audax (brevet or randonnÃ©e) ride. Well today I ticked that goal off,Â joining the Western Australian chapter of Audax Australia on their 100 km brevet, Beach Life.
The brevet itself started at Deep Water Point, Mt Pleasant, and then headed north to the Canning Bridge (slight change from the map due to roadworks) and then north along the Kwinana and Mitchell Freeway bike paths to Burns Beach Road and then through the suburbs to Mindarie and the Dome coffee shop at the marina for a well earned coffee.Â The return journey was the reverse of the ride out.
I tacked on about 24 km to the ride, commuting to the start point from Fremantle and returning the same way afterwards.
It was a great ride, I enjoyed the social aspect on the way out where the group more or less stuck together in two groups with a couple of faster riders out front.Â On the way out the riders in the group I was sort of riding with kept an eye on us newbies which was also great.Â At coffee riders where also very friendly and welcoming which just made it that bit nicer experience.
The ride back was more of a solo ride for me which was fine.Â I left with the fast group and stayed with them to the northern end of the Mitchell Freeway which was helpful as I really didn’t know where I was going!Â From there the pace was too much for me and I made my own way back to the finishing point as a independent rider.Â Even though I was on my own, the motivation of finishing in a good time and trying to average 25 km/h kept me fired up, more so than on my commutes.
So in summary, I found this a great introduction to audax riding and now as a new member of Audax Australia look forward to doing more brevets and more challenging ones with a 200 km on the road being the next major goal along with completing a mountain bike audax.
So for “Beach Life” my numbers are:
Ride time: 3 hours 47 minutes
Audax distance: 96.07 km (cut short by the diversion due to the roadworks)
Average speed: 25.25 km/h