The AUDAX 400km will be the final AUDAX ride of the 2016 season. The ride will be starting early at 12:05 am on October 29th in Singapore. We will start at the Scotts Road Starbucks and ride approximately 100km in Singapore first and then do the AUDAX 300km in Malaysia. This route is designed to maximize safety and to ensure that there are suitable meal stops open in places like Kluang which we should hit at approximately 260km. The Singapore route will take us from Starbucks, Stevens Road, Mt. Pleasant, Upper Thompson Road, Yishun, Seletar, Jalan Kayu, Ponggol, Pasir Ris, East Coast Changi Coast Road, through the CBD, WCH to Kranji, through Kranji to the Woodlands checkpoint. It is recommended that we stay in one or two groups for this section and then arrive in Malaysia for the standard AUDAX 300km. This official route ends when you cross back over the border into Singapore which caters to people no matter where they live on the island. It is expected that we will likely finish around dinner time on the Saturday.
If you have not done the 300km route before then it is advisable that you download the .gpx file from the Strava link below. The 300km covers the first 110km as the new 200km and then instead of heading home you go the other direction towards Kluang. From the 110km mark you have 50 km of nice rolling hills on quiet roads which takes you to the city of Kluang. Kluang has many food options and is an ideal spot to rest a bit and eat a big meal. After Kluang we head back to Kulai and near the end we get to do the fun Kulai Hills. There is no guarantee that the coconut stand will be open but there are plenty of places to get food and drinks along the way. For the entire 400km you have 27 hours to complete the ride to be successful. Unlike the 200km and 300km rides, the pace is reasonable as most people are concerned about blowing up.
The standard 300km route is below:
What to bring?
Well you need your passport, PR, EP and any other documentation it takes to cross the border into Malaysia. You should also bring some Malaysian Ringgit to buy water and food along the way. The 300km route is a bit hilly so make sure you have good legs and maybe a few salt tablets. It is also advisable to bring tubes, co2 cartridges, food, and a chain tool so that Andy Bennett can fix any broken chains. It is wise to check the quality of your tires and make sure everything on your bike is nice and tightly secured. Good lighting is a must as we will be in the dark for at least 6-7 hours…maybe more if we get back later than expected.
Why would you do a 400km ride? Well if you had a chance to do the 600km this year it is likely you have done a few 200s and a 300km ride too. If you complete the 200, 300, 400 and 600 km you qualify for the Super Randonneur category and are able to buy the SR Medallion. If that is of no interest to you then you can benefit from the exercise and eat and drink more after.