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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: Apr 30

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.

Discussion Forum

2019 Great Lakes Randonneurs Registration is open! 2 Replies

Started by Regina Schurman. Last reply by Regina Schurman Jan 16.

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Comment by Jason Marshall on January 17, 2016 at 3:42pm

Thanks djm and Eric,

I have a dyno that I have been powering my lights off for years. I am building up a new bike this winter. I will be adding a USB charger to the dyno setup to charge GPS and phone. 

Comment by Eric Peterson on January 4, 2016 at 4:29pm


Wow what a fantastic opportunity. I love the self-supported aspect of this ride, but with no support allowed, logistics will be a challenge.

I hope you share your planning for this ride and riding goals, I'm sure others will be interested. You might want to create your own Chainlink group for this.


Comment by djm on January 4, 2016 at 4:01pm

Oh, my.  For endurance riding, choice of power source is a major consideration.  Will you have a generator?  Support to supply external power or replace batteries?  Do you only need nav or want to display other inputs (e.g.: power, HR, cadence, etc.)?

Comment by Jason Marshall on January 4, 2016 at 2:27pm

Hey djm.  I haven't pulled the trigger yet.  I will probably do so soon.  The main reason for getting the GPS is that I am registered for this event in June:

Comment by djm on January 4, 2016 at 12:48pm

Jason: Did you get a GPS?  Almost all allow you to upload a route or track for navigation.

Comment by Jason Marshall on November 18, 2015 at 4:19pm

Any opinions out there on GPS units?  Looking for one that I could pre-load routes on before an event.


Comment by Jeff Rogers on November 11, 2015 at 4:30pm
I rode the Hub City in August. It's not as flat as one would guess for northern Illinois but is a very nice route. Def not just corn and beans scenery. Can get a bit breezy out there! Feel free to contact me offline for more details.
Comment by Eli on November 11, 2015 at 12:58pm

Has anyone here ridden the Hub City Permanent out of Rochelle? I'm curious to hear any impressions.

Comment by Eric Peterson on November 4, 2015 at 7:27am

Yes check out the new GLR website.

Some things worth noting:

  • The 2016 schedule will include rides with the same routes as 2015, along with some new hillier routes, for example the "Mineral Point" rides. If you remember a hilly 400K back in 2010 then this route will be familiar to you.
  • Routes now have names to provide a themed way to refer to them.
  • GLR wool jerseys are available for ordering, with improved quality over the last offering, available from the website here:

There are many other features of the new website, please explore and check it out!

Eric Peterson

Comment by Matt on November 3, 2015 at 1:26pm

Deet, thanks for that link. This is something I have wanted to get into and that looks like a great group to get started. 


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