The Southern 300 Audax is a lovely event through the Derwent Valley, Highlands and South East precincts. Some well maintained gravel sections, race tyres not recommended. Not too many few hills and roads less travelled.
What is Audax?
Audax Australia Cycling Club is a non profit national cycling organisation specialising in non-competitive long distance bicycle rides from 50 to 1200 km, called "randonnees". The challenge of Audax is not in racing, but in pushing your own boundaries and experiencing great personal achievements. Audax enables riders of any ability to set and achieve riding goals with a group of like minded cyclists. This spirit of achievement is what attracts so many riders to Audax.
As the time limits required to complete events are generous, Audax appeals to a wide variety of cyclists, whether they are from a touring, racing, recreational or commuting background. All riders on Audax events are issued with and must carry a 'brevet' card. This card acts as a type of passport that riders must have stamped at checkpoints or controls as a demonstration that the ride has been completed within the time limits.
The predominant form of Audax riding in Australia is "allure libre". Riders have a specified time limit in which to complete a given event but may otherwise ride at their own pace.