AUDAX 300km completed. It was a blazing hot day that had temperatures of 42 degrees celcius and another windy episode of the 300KM brevet. It was a big group so thank you to the ride leaders Daniel Smith Patrick Williams Heng Ooi Khiang who kept things in order and safely guided all the riders back. Congratulations to all those who completed the ride and for those who did not make it, try next time.
The JFT AUDAX Spirit Award (named after AUDAX Singapore founderJean-Francois Torrelle) is given to those individuals who best promote the spirit of AUDAX. On this ride we had two winners – Andrew Hodges who did his first ever AUDAX 300km. In addition to Andrew, Phil Finnimore also has won this prize having shown relentless drive to complete the 300km (Phil’s last attempt at the 300km ended within 20km due to an unfortunate wheel-warping bump!). Both of these guys stayed persistent and rode the AUDAX 300km in just over 17 hours on the hottest AUDAX on record! KUDOS to both of you.
The Lundy Worker Award, named after Dave Lundberg, an AUDAX legend, is given to the person who supports the group the best. Support includes excessive amounts of front time, fixing flats, singing and in general bringing everybody home safely after a SOLID effort on the road. This award goes to Daniel Smith. Dan smartly told the first group to ease off a bit after an initial speedy 150km to ensure we all made it back safe…which was just barely for some! Dan also pulled the group he lead for most of the last 50km of the 330km distance. Kudos.
The Silk Smile Award, named suitably for Denise Silk, a long time Singapore Randonneur and PBP warrior. This award is given to riders who beam massive smiles no matter how bad things are, how bad they get. These electrifying smiles regularly help other riders who are in deep moments of suffering. Once again we have two winners for this award. Adam Brooks had a permanent smile locked on his face despite battling his first ever 300km, running out of water two times, and breaking his front derailleur (rumours going around he was caught kicking it at a petrol station). Adam hammered through all these troubles to complete the 300km with the first group, with a brisk pace averaging more than 30km/hour and 330km in total. Kudos. The 2nd winner of the Silk Smile Award is Steven Hon. With almost 300km in his legs at the border crossing, Steven commented ‘I don’t think you will get many riders for the 400km next week’…after a brief summary of those signed up already, Steven beamed a giant smile and said ‘ok, I am in’. Great work out there Steven.
All winners get a pair of fancy new Singapore AUDAX socks! Great riding. More details on the 400km next week available later today onwww.singaporeaudax.com