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Waters Edge Wander 50km Audax

Waters Edge Wander map and data

Waters Edge Wander map and data

Waters Edge Wander elevations

Waters Edge Wander elevations

The new Audax season started on 1 November and, after months away from randoneering, I rode the 30km to Pandanus Beach in Wynnum to participate in the Waters Edge Wander. This annual ride is a short 50km twilight ride around Southern Moreton Bay. While Audax rides are usually 200km or longer, Audax Queensland always has some shorter rides of 50km, 100km, 150km and 100mile on our calendar, both to encourage new riders to try Audax and to give existing randoneurs a chance to participate in a more social brevet.

Afternoon riding

Afternoon riding

The 12 riders set off at 4pm following the Pied Piper. We all had route sheets but most of us wouldn’t need them for the ride: the Pied Piper was running this as a social group ride. Sure, we could race off if we wanted to; but we all decided to enjoy the chance to catch up and enjoy the scenery. We cruised along the mostly quiet or wide roads chatting and stretching our legs.

As evening falls we all put on our vests

As evening falls we all put on our vests

As you can see from these photos, Audax riding isn’t done in tight racing formations; we all just cruise along together in lose bunch. We just cruise along. As the shadows grew long and the light faded we stopped to put on our high visibility vests and turn on our lights. This is my favourite part of Audax cycling: seeing all the high viz vests like a mark of belonging.

Sunset

Sunset

And then the sun set in the west as we passed the 30km mark. It was so pretty. I stopped to take a photo and then had to sprint after the group. But it was worth it.

Darkness falls quickly in Brisbane; we have no long twilight. So we rode on into the darkness. But between the streetlights, our bike lights and the camaraderie of the ride, darkness never truly fell over the ride and we spun along.

The finish

The finish

And before we knew it, we were back in the Pandanus Beach carpark getting our brevet cards signed and wandering like Brown’s cows to the cafe for a feed. I enjoyed the ride. It felt good to be back out on an Audax ride and I am excited about next Saturday’s 200km City Super Cycle.

Total: 50.5km Waters Edge Wander Audax road cycle + 58.8km round trip to and from the ride.

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One comment on “Waters Edge Wander 50km Audax

  1. […] brought the start of the 2013-14 Audax season and I kicked it off with the Waters Edge Wander 50km and City Super Series 1 200km rides. The City Super Series ride was my first unsupported 200km ride […]

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