Some figures (2010):
5: Age of youngest
5: number of members UFOLEP
10: Number of current organizations
32: number of women
53: average age
89: Age of oldest
92: number of current members
1904: creation year
A club with an history: p>
After 102 years of existence, there is a lot to
tell. Therefore, we have to be short, very short. First, why this
name? The term "Audax" usually refers to
organizations with controlled pace (22.5 km/h) while we support the
free pace ride. After more than 100 years of history, Audax Club
Parisien has gone through many events. The first of these was
the emergence of the sport of cycling in the late nineteenth century. Among these athletes,
some fans wanted to demonstrate the capabilities of a bicycle
carrying out the raid 230km Rome-Naples between sunrise and sunset.
These daring athletes were at the origin of movement "audax."
The Audax Club Parisien was mandated by Henri Desgrange to develop this
formula. As a result of certain differences between the ACP and the newspaper
"Auto", owned by Henri Desgrange, the PCA decided in 1921 to
promote free pace riding (randonnée), that we continue to
The Audax Club Parisien was
also a founding member of the current French Cyclotouring Federation
(FFCT) and one of its members became the first president of the federation.
So much for ancient history… p>
A changing club:
The club has gone through
different phases, from fullness to black hours. Undoubtedly, the most difficult period was near 1960
when the survival of the club is only possible after a
merger with the Bicycle Club Courbevoie Asnières (VCCA). The club has organized around
15 events, from against the clock races to long riding courses
via hill climb races, adapting to the wills of its members.
Today, our club is aging and we need to restore energy to
not to revive the black hours of 1960. p>
A double face club:
The club is a member of the FFCT and
the UFOLEP. Our UFOLEP section organizes an annual race
"Gentleman" and a small
team is involved in some competitions in Ile-de-France. But
the FFCT section is also imbued with this desire to seek the best
oneself while maintaining respect for others and pleasure to
ride on the roads of France… and abroad. p>
A full timetable:
The calendar of the FFCT section
begins in january with the traditional trainings for the Fleche Velocio and for the others, a formal training.
We meet through the Ile-de-France on longer and longer courses to arrive in mid-March to the BRM 200km of Longjumeau.
Of course, shorter distances are available to those who do not wish to
make so many kilometers. We continue up to Easter where we
meet in Provence during a weekend around the "Fleches" and "Traces" Velocio.
Then, the program will offer
200km courses on Saturday, like Mennecy-Montargis-Mennecy, and shorter courses
on Sunday morning. The ACP is also organising a BRM 200km
Every year we organize a meeting during the month of may. It may be, for example, a one-week stay in
Italy (2005), Cathar Country (2006), Verdon (2010) or a ride as the Tour
of Corsica (2002), Paris-Brest (2008) and Paris-Le Mont Saint-Michel (2001).
The summer saw a team of
fifteen members gather in the "Semaine Federale FFCT" where each
day courses are offered from 40 to 200km for 10 000 riders.
The end of season is often
the opportunity to make a beautiful riding in the countryside like Saumur (2004),
Sancerre (2005), Amiens (2010) or Dijon (2006) with the "Randonnée des Grands Crus".
Occasionally, we find club members on hill courses (BCMF) or long term rides
like the "Traits d’Union Européens". p>
An organizer club:
Course for one day or ride for
several days, we offer many organizations for which we are disseminating the principles and regulations around the world.
Forget the "Brevets de Grimpeur" of
Chanteloup (ex Polymultiplié), winter criteriums and other "Journée
Vélocio Parisienne". Only one Of these races exists today, the
"Gentlemen Parisiens" held every year in the forest
We like to travel but we
also apprecicate to offer great travels:
- Each year, 800 people ride a Flèche de
France on a course selected by the ACP and linking Paris to a border city (Paris-Perpignan, Paris-Bellegarde, etc…).
In total, we offer
20 journey to ride in one stage or to stroll at the minimum rate,
80 km per day.
- The Tour of Corsica has attracted more than 3000 people
since its inception in 1956. Today, an average of 70 riders discover
or rediscover the charms of the island of beauty through our circuit of 980 km.
- The Super Randonnees are the latest creation of the Audax Club Parisien. Permanent rides launched in
2009, they offer beautiful and mountainous tours of approximately 600km and 10000m minimum elevation.
Randonneurs will be given a real challenge trying to finish in less than 50 hours. Everyone can enjoy
the landscape's beauty with the "Tourist" version which requires at least 80km per day.
- The Fleche Velocio sees each year at the Easter weekend fifty teams of 3 to 5 machines to do the maximum
kilometer (at least 360km) in 24 hours to gather at a grand
moment of conviviality in a village in Provence. Traces Vélocio
of 201 km to 360 km, allowing more than 250 people to share the same
moments friendships while avoiding driving at night. The Flechette Velocio
give a taste of the "Fleche Velocio" to youth from 13 to 20 years with a trail in
12 hours for 150 to 250 km.
- Fleches Pascales and Traces Pascales are the equivalent of Fleches and Traces Vélocio. They are
organized in France by various French clubs with the approval of the Audax Club Parisien, always towards
Concentration Pascale (Paques en Quercy for instance).
- The Fleches Nationales and Traces Nationales are held throughout the world with the same regulation as
Fleches and Traces Vélocio in France.
- We are pleased to have spread around the world
our idea of free pace riding. In over 40 countries and over 5
continents, riders carry out Brevets des Randonneurs Mondiaux.
We homologate evrey year more than 20000 brevets with only 3000 riden
in France. The USA are the first both in number of events held (200)
that brevets approved (4000). To be approved, you need to make a
controlled pathway of 200, 300, 400, 600 or 1000 at a 15km/h minimum speed.
Our flagship organization is the Paris-Brest-Paris
Randonneur . Since 1931, we ride the route of the famous race
won by Charles Terront in 1891. Every 4 years, 40000 BRM allow more than 6000 riders to qualify for
this fabulous ride. They will have less than 90 hours to ride the
1200km of the course and live one of the greatest moments in their cycling life. P>
A friendly club:
We meet every 4 th
Tuesday of every month in our local in Vitry-sur-Seine to raise the past rides, the club life and the future rides…
but also to celebrate the
various events, birthdays to Candlemas. The "repas des rois",
early January, is also one of the highlights of the club, perhaps the exit
bringing together the largest number of participants! This is often the ideal moment
to talk about his desires of the year and prepare for some Fleche Velocio teams
and for others outings in the mountains or large
We are also organizing every
year in january an awards ceremonies for all the participants in our organizations the previous year.
You are of course welcome.