The Tour de France, the Vuelta, the Giro, Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastone-Liege, Tour of Flanders. All truly inspiring rides with long and loyal followings.
None, however, have managed to achieve the legendary status of the three rides which comprise the Las Vegas Institute of Sport Audax; rides which eschew the strange obsession of people handing you food as you slow down to 20kph, rides for which success is measured by whether you got pavlova at Hill before it ran out or by how many bowls of soup you consumed at Doynton, rides which alternate between frostbite & sunburn depending on which year you ride.
The 9th edition of this modern Classic will be taking place on 25th March 2018, a day truly burdened with history. On that day in 1957 The European Economic Community was established with the signing of the Treaty of Rome, in 1970 Concorde made its first supersonic flight, and in 1947 a young boy named Reginald Kenneth Dwight was born, heralding a boom in the floristry and hair transplant industries.
As is traditional, entries open on the 1st January - the birthday of the Institute's late lamented founder, Mr Barry Jaegar.
Due to limitations on space at the village hall and at some of the controls, we will be accepting a maximum of 200 riders on the Ball Buster route, 250 riders on the Bash route, 220 riders on the Blast route, . We cannot accept any entries on the day.
Dave Atkinson of road.cc wrote an article about the 2013 event: 190km of Rule Five. And 22km of our own rules.
There's also an article about the 2010 event on road.cc: My first 200km: Barry's Bristol Ball Buster.
And a report on the 2011 112km event here: Audax Bristol 112k.
And here's Marcus's article for Arrivee about what goes on behind the scenes to organise the event: Feeding the 500 (pages 52/53).