Audax Altitude Award points are given to hilly events meeting certain criteria that requires a PhD in head scratching to understand. Simply put you get 1 point per 1000m of a qualifying event; points are refined into 1/4s. Sometimes a section of an event may qualify giving it AAA points even though overall it has less climbing than a similar distanced event that has 0.00 AAA points… Gold Grimpeurs are the final tier of classification of events less than 300km. AUK would have you believe they are the only tier for 300km events and greater as apparently any AAA qualifying event at these distances are worthy of Gold. I've re-assessed this based on an ungolden ratio and decided Gold is just the easiest Grimpeur event at these distances, so get climbing!