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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 membership!

Brevets in and around Arizona

Arizona Brevets: 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.

Colorado Brevets: 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 them!

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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