Saturday was the one of the largest 200km AUDAX rides in Singapore AUDAX history. We had racers, newbies, visitors from India for the all-in-Singapore AUDAX 200. The route was designed by Patrick Williams and included a early climb up the steep side of Mt. Faber.
Within the first few KMs someone popped a tire before the group reached the steep side of Faber. In the olden AUDAX days we would have all stopped to help fix the puncture before carrying along as a unified group. These days people look around, smile and keep on riding….what is happening to us all? 🙂 For some riders, this was their first time up the sole mountain of Singapore and many were dismounting and walking up the hill. For others, the racing crew for example, they fired up the mountain quickly. Ben Farnsworth from Matador racing team was the first to summit the mountain securing the KOM and winning a Singapore AUDAX jersey. Congratulations Ben! Mt. Faber definitely created a number of new riding groups which people generally settled in to for the remainder of the ride. Special thanks to Patrick Williams for adding this climb early in the ride…you were really popular at 5am.
With only a handful of people actually downloading the route in their Garmins, many people ended up lost at some point in the ride. If you got lost and somehow ended up short don’t worry and please send me your time you completed at email@example.com
Over the course of next year you will find that you are doing 200s that are 220, 300s that are 320, etc…so don’t fret over a few KMs this time. It is very difficult to design a 200km route in tiny Singapore. Despite being all in relatively flat Singapore it was a very tough day as the temperature hit 37 degrees. Despite changing the finish to Brewerkz Riverside Point many still carried on to WCH McDonalds. For those who did actually make it to Brewerkz it was a very fun time to have a few cold drinks and talk about the long ride.
Let 2018 Begin – The new AUDAX season starts next month. As a reminder, 2018 is a pre-qualification year. This means that the longer the BRM a rider completes, the earlier they can register for the limited 6300 spots for Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) in 2019. This is becoming increasingly more important as there are an increasing amount of people doing endurance rides across the globe. PBP is the classic long distance ride so get pre-qualified.
The 2018 schedule is below.
- November 18, 2017 AUDAX 200km
- December 9, 2017 AUDAX 200km
- January 20, 2018 AUDAX 300km
- February 10, 2018 AUDAX 200km
- March 17, 2018 AUDAX 400km
- April 21, 2018 AUDAX 200km
- May 19, 2018 AUDAX 300km
- June 9-10, 2018 AUDAX 600km
- July 21, 2018 AUDAX 200km
- August 18, 2018 AUDAX 400km
- September 22-23, 2018 AUDAX 600km
- October 20, 2018 AUDAX 200km
Thanks to all who joined the ride on Saturday. If you have not already done so please email me your name, time, etc to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can post the results on the weekend.
For those who ordered new kits…they are slated to arrive on November 15th!