This Saturday the second AUDAX 200km ride willl take place. As usual, the ride will start at the Starbucks at United Square (Address: 101 Thomson Road, #01-01 United Square, 307591) and will finish at Brewerkz at Riverside Point. The Starbucks is still partially under renovation so there will be limited seats…should be done in March.
We will be following the Patrick Williams Way AUDAX 200km and you can download the .GPX file from this map below. Meet at 5am to register / sign up and we roll at 5:30 sharp. Usually people find a group they are comfortable with before we hit the border…after crossing they usually wait and regroup at the JB Shell.
Riders will have 13 hours to complete the 200km distance. SIGN UP HERE
First time doing an AUDAX Ride?
The ride is mostly in Malaysia so you need to bring your passport, EP, PR, white card for visitors, return travel tickets for overseas tourists, etc. Anything you need to cross the border you need to bring.
There are plenty of places to stop for water and snacks. Most of the stops are at petrol stations at approximately 30km (JB SHell), 72km the one before Pekan Nanas, KM 108 before hitting Kulai and then usually the Shell after the coconut stand which should be around 160km. There is a 50% chance that the coconut stand will be open. The currency used in Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringgit. It is usually good to bring some Ringgit and some Singapore dollars for food and drink when you get back home. Many of the riders usually finish at Brewerkz with some much needed calorie replacement. It is usually advisable to bring enough food for at least 100km and then top up at the various stops in Malaysia.
Make sure you tires are in good shape. It is usually a good idea to bring two spare tubes, CO2 cannisters, and a friend who will carry a spare tire. Tighten everything up as the roads in Malaysia are not as nice as the ones here in Singapore. If you get a puncture then raise your hand and let people know so they can help you fix your puncture.
It is a good idea to pace yourself. There are riders who will ride at varying speeds and it is usually a good idea to ride at a pace that you feel you can complete the full 200km distance.
At the end of the ride your time will be recorded and sent to Paris for ‘homologation’. For those who are planning to do long distance rides and who need to use AUDAX rides as qualifiers you will get an official homologation number within two weeks. Medallions are also available (S$25 each) for finishers who want to remember their time on the bike. Each of the AUDAX rides have medallions: 200km, 300km, 400km, 600km and for those who do all four there is the Super Randonneur Medallion.
It is a good idea to have travel insurance for this trip to Malaysia. (or anywhere really). I use www.directasia.com
I won’t travel without it! http://www.directasia.com/blog/cycling-in-asia-be-prepared/