There a lots of different types of non-competitive cyling events, if your not keen on racing or time trialling. In the future I hope that we can organise some of our own. Here is a guideline of the types of events that currently exist.
Most cyclists these days are familiar with sportive events which are held around the country which giver riders the opportunity to test themselves against set distances and varied terrain. Most sportives are well organised with feed stations, well signed routes and even broom wagons.
In an audax event the emphasis is more on the rider being self sufficient and completing a set distance to or close to a set average speed. Audax events vary widely but usually you won’t find feed zones or other trappings commonly associated with Sportives. All riders have a route card, with details of the course, which needs to be stamped at checkpoints along the route.
Reliability trials are usually run by clubs in January/February time before the racing season starts in March. Traditional reliability trials were used to test your after your winter training and to see how you fare against others. Much like Audax rides, reliability trials tend emphasise the rider being self sufficient. Depending on numbers, usually riders are split into groups depending on average speed. A set time limit for a ride to be completed is common.