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Friday, June 11th, 2010

My first two centuries have been amazing experiences … not only were they great rides, they’ve also sparked my imagination. I’m itching for more … in fact, eventually, I’d really like to try Randonneuring. I doubt I’d ever attempt the longer (400km, 600km, 1200km) distances, but it’s fun to dream about anyway. I feel confident I could ride 200km (125 miles) now, and I could probably build up to 300km (186 miles) without too much trouble.

Here’s the problem. I checked the Randonneurs USA (RUSA) site, and they don’t list anything in Indiana at all. No brevets. Not even a Permanent. Hell, “IN” isn’t even one of the state options in the Ride Search or Permanent Search. Pretty sad.

There are some brevets in Kentucky, Ohio, and Illinois, so I could do something in one of those states. But if I drive several hours each way, to ride all day … that’s going to become a real time/money/energy suck, really fast.

For now, I’m not going to worry about it. I can do some more organized century rides, try an unsupported century, and increase distance however I want. If I spend less time driving, I can spend more time riding. I wish I knew more people who were interested in this kind of riding. I don’t think there are a lot of people interested in riding long miles at a slow pace … though clearly they are out there.

10 Responses to “Randonneuring?”

  1. Chris Says:

    Congratulations, you evidently are in line for the role of IN state randonneuring leader. I find that activity fascinating. On one hand I long for those long distances. On the other hand, I really don’t like to avoid sleep.

  2. Barturtle Says:

    The Louisville Bicycle Club actually did put on two Brevets in IN this season (April and May) both 200K and out of Scottsburg, IN…alas I wasn’t able to consider doing either of them this year.

  3. Steve A Says:

    I am still a bit fuzzy about randonneuring versus regular touring. Is the former just the latter only you call it an “event?” OTOH, if you announce it ahead of time and only you and one other show up, does it revert to a tour? While I’m at it, can an event be both randonneuring and orienteering at the same time? Finally, regardless of all the answers, will my cross bike work well?

    BTW, I’m good at riding all sorts of distances as long as the pace is slow, that being the key word.

  4. Apertome Says:

    Chris: That’s a good thought. I might consider organizing something myself if I had any background knowledge. But realistically, I would much rather spend my time riding than trying to organize things.

    Barturtle: I didn’t realize that … thanks for the heads up! Some of the KY ones might not be prohibitively far away.

    Steve A: Well, “touring” can mean all kinds of different things, so your question is a little vague. At any rate, a brevet is different in that there’s a time limit, and there are certain “control” points you have to pass through, each in a given timeframe. Also there is a pre-defined route, and if you leave the route, you have to come back on at the same spot (no short cuts or detours) — so, it is emphatically NOT orienteering. There are lots of obscure rules.

    Also, the shorter brevets are used to qualify for events like Paris-Brest-Paris.

    I would think your cross bike would work great, so long as it’s comfortable for you over long distances.

  5. Bill Lambert Says:

    Yea, I know. There’s a club in no. Illinois, and a club in Kentucky, and a club in Columbus, OH, but nothing in between. Yet.

  6. furiousball Says:

    Start it dude!

  7. Bike Noob Says:

    You could always start with Ride Across Indiana (RAIN). Since riders have to arrange their own support, it looks pretty close to a randonee. http://bloomingtonbicycleclub.org/tours/rain/rain.html#desc

  8. Chandra Says:

    I too like sleep and so I am not even gonna try randonneuring. I think I like S24O and touring better.
    Michael, you might enjoy it, especially if you like the longer rides. I am sure if there is enough peeps who want to try the activity, RUSA can work with you?
    Peace 🙂

  9. mike Says:

    ap – make an effort to make it to one or two events, even if they are a bit out of your way… it will get you a bit of experience with the style, and then you can map out a couple of permanents and submit them. once you get rolling with it things kind of take over on their own…

    but don’t lament. we didn’t have anything here in BTV for rando rides… so after several years of thinking about it – we got something going. its a ton of work to put on the rides – even with minimal support and the can do – self supported nature of most randonneurs… but so worth it to get out your door and ride.

  10. Errin Says:

    I agree with Mike. Try to make it to a couple of events. Talk to the organizers and then consider making a permanent in your area. From your pictures, I’m sure you could lay out an amazing route.

    Be careful though, rando rides can be addicting!

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