mjr wrote:Maybe AUK can't be expected to check all insurance, but it seems they check none of them except CUK, so it's a CUK discount in effect - which is fine and it's up to AUK but it also seems unwelcoming to others.
The vast majority of audaxes were (and probably still are) organised and run by CTC DAs, with most of the resources and volunteer marshalls etc. provided by DA members, and the majority of the participants probably being CTC members. For smaller events most of the participants would be members of the DA that organised the event.
All that AUK did for those events was provide the framework, i.e. specify the rules that the event had to comply with to qualify as an audax, and supply (and validate) brevet cards and medals.
So most audaxes were actually essentially CTC events, and that''s probably still true today. It's not surprising therefore that those who run AUK and the organisers, who were/are mostly CTC members, took the view that CTC insurance was adequate.
In fact I'm pretty sure that to begin with AUK had no insurance cover for its members, and relied on the cover provided to individuals by their CTC membership.
If you take offence at the fact that AUK continues to accept CUK membership as removing the need to purchase one off cover under the arrangement they have for non-AUK members, that's your choice.