Definition of audax in English:

audax

noun

  • A type of long-distance road cycling event in which participants must navigate a route within a specified period of time:

    ‘the Essex Lanes 106 km audax’
    • ‘You could do the London-Edinburgh-London Audax, but you have to ride 300km a day for 5 days.’
    • ‘On this audax, I neither got a puncture nor was hit by another rider.’
    • ‘Doing the 108 km audax ride at Mildenhall tomorrow morning.’
    • ‘I very much enjoyed our first proper audax, in glorious weather back in October.’
    • ‘Yates is an intrepid adventurer and long-distance audax freak.’
    • ‘I've been meaning to do an audax for a while - the basic idea is, you do a fairly long ride within a specific time.’
    • ‘My 100 mile audax runs over Dartmoor one way and returns on a different route.’
    • ‘Without marshalls, audaxes still need proof of ride completion and that means cards to be stamped plus information points.’
    • ‘It is also important to know that both audaxes and sportives have to avoid racing because that requires road closures and police escorts.’

Origin

Via French from Italian (apparently originally with reference to a ride from Rome to Naples first held in 1897), from Latin audax, audac- bold, daring (see audacious).

Pronunciation

audax

/ˈɔːdaks/