Audax Club Parisien

Audax Club Parisien (ACP) Is the international governing body for randonneuring that administers and oversees the conduct of BRMs worldwide. 


On the 12th of June, 1897, a group of Italian cyclists travelled the route between Rome and Naples, a distance of 230 kilometers, in a single day. Given the difficult of cycling conditions of that time, this effort was considered to be "audacious".In 1904, Henri Desgrange, founder of the Tour de France in the previous year, founded Audax France on the model of Audax Italiano. He conferred on the Audax Club Parisien, newly created on November 30, 1904, the authority to certify brevets ridden under Audax rules in France. 

From the outset, the club was a success. The A.C.P. members were all experienced cycle tourists hardened by long distance cycling. Until 1945 only the 200 kilometer distance was considered to be a brevet, the completion of which entitled a cyclist to be designated "Audax". Beyond this, rides of 300 and 400 kilometers, were organised by the A.C.P.. 600 kilometer rides would appear a little later. 

In 1991, the club celebrated the centenary of Paris - Brest - Paris, an event first organised by Le Petit Journal in 1891. Today, the Audax Club Parisien is one of the largest cycling clubs in Paris and in France. Since 1976, brevets certified by the A.C.P. have been ridden in countries outside of France. These are known as the Brevets des Randonneurs Mondiaux