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Chicago Randonneurs


Chicago Randonneurs

A group for any one interested in randonneuring, cyclotouring and long distance cycling

Members: 258
Latest Activity: Jun 19

Randonneuring Defined

Randonneuring: Randonneuring is long-distance unsupported endurance cycling. This style of riding is non-competitive in nature, and self-sufficiency is paramount. When riders participate in randonneuring events, they are part of a long tradition that goes back to the beginning of the sport of cycling in France and Italy. Friendly camaraderie, not competition, is the hallmark of randonneuring.

-From RUSA website

The next PBP is in 2011.

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Comment by Regina Schurman on April 30, 2019 at 4:01pm

I pre-rode almost all of the Barrington route this past Saturday and it was really a nice ride! The hills are much milder compared to the Oregon, IL 200K on 5/4/19. 

Mike W and I look forward to meeting you on either of these rides!

Comment by mike w. on April 30, 2019 at 3:57pm

Looking for a 200km Brevet a bit closer to home? Great Lakes Randonneurs is holding its Barrington Boomerang 200km on Saturday, 11 May. This is a rolling out-and-back ride from Downtown Barrington to Darien, WI and back.

 For further info see The Chainlink Calendar or visit

This is an ACP Brevet and a qualifying event for Paris-Brest-Paris.

Comment by mike w. on April 30, 2019 at 3:49pm

A reminder that the Great Lakes Randonneurs will be holding ACP Brevets this Saturday 4 May. Rides start/finish in Oregon IL. Riders will have a choice of 200km or 300km routes. The courses are hilly, so bring your climbing gear! See The Chainlink Calendar for further info or go to

These rides are qualifying events for Paris-Brest-Paris 2019.

Comment by Inspyrd Ancienne on April 24, 2019 at 7:28pm

Are you looking for a RAD new wool jersey? 

Are you a randonneuse/randonneur in the Midwest? Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 

Do you ride with various RUSA organizations within the Midwest? 

If you have answered yes to either of these questions, check this out!

Interested in a new wool jersey that embodies the spirit of Midwest Randonneurs?

The store for the most RAD Midwest Randonneurs wool jersey is now Live:

Manufacturer via Cima Coppi out of Spain. This is the same company that designed the Randonneurs wool jersey this year and last year. 

1 design with light blue body, celeste green font

Midweight wool (285gsm merino midweight)

Short and long sleeve option

Full and short zipper option

2 Rear pocket options: Randonneurs USA (RUSA) logo only and RUSA+Paris-Brest-Paris logo

Wool arm and leg sleeves also available for purchase in store

Cost: €96.00 for long sleeve, €86.00 for short sleeve

Extra charge for Paris-Brest-Paris logo

WINDOW OPEN FOR ORDERING: The store will be open until 5/31/19

Shipping will be directly to your house/designated address 3-4 weeks after the store closes.


If you are in need of any custom sizing, extra long/tall/large/xxsmall sizing please contact Cima Coppi directly. They can accommodate your requests, additional fees may be included for your requests above the regular order/sizing.

Please share this e-mail with any others/list-serves/google groups that you feel may be interested.

Thank you.

Dawn Piech

Lombard, IL

Randonneurs USA

Comment by Inspyrd Ancienne on March 7, 2019 at 10:30am

Come one...Come all to the Driftless Randonneurs, based out of beautiful Western Wisconsin.  The Driftless Randonneurs has an exceptional 2019 calendar and registration is open for all of the events. Some highlights include: 

  • 12 weekends to ride Randonneur USA events in Southwestern Wisconsin in the Driftless region of Wisconsin with plenty of hills to enjoy
  • tri-hosting Midwest Brevet Week with Quad City and Minnesota Randonneurs with theme of "Build your own Brevet Week"
  • Tour of Driftless 1000K Brevet June 21st
  • Randonneurs USA Dart Populaire Team Event in July
  • October Galena weekend co-hosted with Quad City Randonneurs

The Regional Brevet Administrator (RBA) for the region is Greg Smith, who lives near Richland Center.  Greg started the region because he felt the area of SW Wisconsin is ideal for cycling with a wide network of paved and lightly traveled roads and he wanted to share some of his favorite rides and routes with others.  Greg has the additional goal of increasing the interest and participation in randonneuring within Wisconsin.

Come out and give randonneuring in southwestern Wisconsin and try and see what Randonneurs USA is all about! 

Comment by JustWill on November 27, 2018 at 5:34pm

I just got an email from Randeonneurs USA that RUSA Permanents are suspended until insurance can be renewed to cover both Brevets and Permanents.

Comment by Inspyrd Ancienne on May 7, 2018 at 6:00pm

Hello again Rando Peeps!


OK, one last e-mail and share with ya ‘all if you are interested in ordering a cap, neck gaiter (buff), jersey, bib and/or shorts from the Great Lakes Randonneurs. Take a quick look:


Pactimo Great Lakes Randonneurs store closes this SATURDAY, 5/12/18.


I hope you would consider adding one or more of these rando swag items to your cycling wardrobe. Come on, just one piece!  The caps have Certified Strong on the underbill, the buff is light and will be perfect for early spring-fall-winter rides!  The cap and buff are ONLY $20 each! 


IMPORTANT NOTE: We have met the minimum on all items except the mens continental shorts. Need 2 more pairs to hit minimum of 5!  


I have seen statistical evidence that this kit or any item ordered

will raise your FTP by 25% by just putting it on. Honest to goodness truth!




Dawn Piech

Great Lakes Randonneurs

Comment by Inspyrd Ancienne on May 1, 2018 at 8:08pm

Look and Feel CERTIFIED STRONG with Great Lakes Randonneurs new 2018 kit!


Take a look at the 2018 jersey, bibs, shorts, cycling cap and neck gaiter (buff) NOW available via Pactimo for the next 10 days onlySO DON’T WAIT AS YOU WILL MISS OUT ON THIS sharp Great Lakes Randonneurs swag!


The color follows the Great Lakes Randonneurs (GLR) Logo, it captures the spirit, history and brand of randonneuring with the Great Lakes Randonneurs.  A watermark details specifically the brand:  Driftless, Dairyland, Wisconsin Hill Country, Midwest.   


The following items are available by purchase through Pactimo:

Mens and Womens Ascent Climber’s Jersey            $90

Mens and Womens Summit RT Jersey                      $115

Mens Ascent Vector Bibs Short                                  $90

Womens Ascent Vector Bibs Short                            $100

Mens Continental Shorts                                             $70.00

Womens Ascent Shorts                                                $87.00

Unisex Micofiber Cycling Cap (one size fits all)            $20.00

Unisex gaiter (buff) (one size fits all)                              $20.00


Purchase and delivery directly via Pactimo through Great Lakes Randonneurs team store:


WINDOW WILL REMAIN OPEN FROM:  April 28th through May 12th




The Summit line runs tight with more compression to the material.  It feels almost like a skin suit.  Full zipper. Think European sizing!

The Ascent line has lighter weight fabric and less compression than the Summit line, but I feel it is still tighter than traditional club cut kits.  This has a ¾ zipper. 

For sizing, please refer to the following chart from Pactimo:


Questions please contact me directly at 




Comment by JustWill on January 25, 2017 at 8:33am

A nice documentary to watch in the morning. Thanks Mark!

Comment by DerferMark on January 24, 2017 at 1:59pm
This is great! "Length of Sweden", 35 min. documentary

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