The AUDAX 2019-2020 season begins this Saturday. This will mark the 14th season that Singapore AUDAX has had a presence in the southeast nation! Singapore AUDAX has seen riders doing PBP in 2007, 2011, 2015 and of course last year in 2019. This year we will have 200km, 300km, 400km and 600km rides. After gaining popularity in Singapore, AUDAX has expanded into Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and is massive in places like Japan. AUDAX rides are long in distance and have a cut off time to challenge riders who are up to the task. The rides can be grueling here in southeast Asia as the temperatures can rise to more than 40 degrees celcius. Almost all of the rides for Singapore AUDAX start in Singapore and include forays into our neighbours to the north, Malaysia. Riding in Malaysia is amazing as you can actually go more than 20km without hitting a traffic light.
The ride will start at United Square Starbucks and we will start rolling at 4:30am SHARP. Note that the registration opens at 3:50am. You need to check-in and register to be counted for an official finish. Sign Up Here
This year we are scrapping the membership system as it was very difficult to administer. The ride fees will see a slight increase but the usual S$60 membership is waived. For 2019-2020 the ride fees will be S$10 for 200km, $20 for 300km, $30 for 400 km and $60 for 600 km (note for the 600km the price remains the same as it includes the safety support vehicle for rider safety).
This route includes some beautiful roads through Pekan Nanas and also includes the Kulai hills which start around KM 140. There are plenty of petrol stations along the way for water and quick snacks. The roads going into Kulai city are still bad but they have made some improvements. The J94 rollers have been repaved so they are smooth as silk. That said, make sure you have good quality tires and a few spare tubes just in case.
- The AUDAX 200km route can be found here
Riders will have a total of 13.5 hours to complete the route. If there is a massive cue at the border times may be adjusted. You will need to bring your passport, EP, PR or whatever cards you need to cross the border into Malaysia. It is also a good idea to bring some Malaysia ringgit to buy water along the way.
If you have not done a long ride before you should always ride within your limits. It can be quite enticing to jump on a fast person’s wheel but remember you need to save enough energy to last the entire distance. Ideally you will find people that ride at similar speeds to you before you do the 25km ride to the border. Also, it is important to eat a lot and keep enough liquids