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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 Sarah on January 8, 2009 at 3:51pm
no, you're not the only one.
Comment by burden on January 8, 2009 at 1:09am
"Anyone ever ride in Wisconsin in a cold April rain storm, visibility less than 10 feet, dressed in a hefty trash bag?"

Am I the only one who thinks this sounds like a whole lot of fun? :>
Comment by Kevin C Dormant on January 5, 2009 at 3:07pm
I am a PBP '91 alum (anciens). I'd be happy to share experiences, routes and probably some contacts, but at this point, for me, it's probably a better thing to have done than to be doing; i.e. Anyone ever ride in Wisconsin in a cold April rain storm, visibility less than 10 feet, dressed in a hefty trash bag? I have.
Comment by Julie P. on November 6, 2008 at 4:24pm
...missed all of the '08 brevets (damn wedding!) but i'll be back in '09 i hope.
Comment by El Duke on November 4, 2008 at 12:00pm
200k brevet = 130 miles

Add 30 miles to an unsupported century, and you're there!
Comment by justJason on November 4, 2008 at 11:56am
I love the idea of randonneuring. However, my last "brevet" was just to Jewel to grab some hot sauce and wine. Gotta start somewhere, right? ;-)

But in all seriousness, I used to ride centuries as a youth, stopped riding for a spell, then have been doing longer and longer distances over the last 10 years or so. And I've become really fascinated with attempting a 200 km brevet as soon as one presents itself.
Comment by Stacey E on November 4, 2008 at 11:30am
Oh, I'm interested. But first I need to build the bike....
Comment by El Duke on November 3, 2008 at 8:23pm
That qualifies as long distance, which I guess is the essence of randonneuring.

Here's the definition of randonneuring:
"Randonneuring is a type of organised long distance bicycle riding, with rides typically covering between 100 and 1,200 kilometres (60-750 miles). A participant is known as a randonneur, and an event is a randonnée. The term brevet is used interchangeably with randonnée, although strictly speaking, a brevet is one specific type of event.

Randonneuring is not a competitive sport. It is a test of endurance, self-sufficiency and bicycle touring skills. All riders who complete the task are congratulated, and no prizes are given to those with the fastest times."

A randonneur is someone who participates in randonneuring (me: captain obvious).

Let's not limit this group to rando-whatevers, though.
Comment by o0_dan_0o on November 3, 2008 at 6:57pm
hi, i dunno if im a randonneur, but i like riding till im stupid sometimes.

does that count?
Comment by El Duke on November 3, 2008 at 6:51pm
I definitely want to do PBP within the next few years.

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