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.
RUSA - Randonneurs USA; www.rusa.org
Check out their website. This is a great organization with a wealth
of knowledge and experience in long distance, self supporting cycling.
The handbook which all new members receive is easily worth the price of
Brevets in and around Arizona
www.azbrevet.com - These events
mostly start in Casa Grande, AZ and are run by RUSA Regional Brevet
Administrator (RBA) Susan Plonsky. The terrain for these rides is
generally pretty flat and head south toward and around Tucson.
San Diego Brevets:
www.coolbike.com/sdbrevet.html - These events start around San Diego
and are generally pretty challenging. They are, however, extremely
scenic. The RBA for these events is Barclay Brown and he rides the rides
with the rest of us.
www.rmccrides.com/brevets.htm - These events generally start around
the Boulder area at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The routes usually
take in some (or a lot) of the Rockies and some of the adjacent plains.
John Lee Ellis is the RBA and also rides many of his events. If you ever
get the chance to ride these routes, do yourself a favor and don't miss
I've also ridden randonneuring events in Northern California, Texas,
and British Columbia. In my experience, there's NO bad place to ride!
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