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Randonneuring, Brevet's and Long Distance Cycling



What is Randonneuring and what is a Brevet? Who is RUSA? I will answer these questions with information from the RUSA web pages.



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.



brevet (bruh vay) - Literally, the word means "certificate", "patent", or "diploma" in French. In "randonneuring", it means two things: certification of having successfully done a randonné, --indicated by a small numbered sticker placed on a completed brevet card --, as well as, by extension the long-distance event itself (at least 200 kilometers in length). Completing a successful brevet means one's ride has been certified and registered in France, and the rider's name is added to the roll of honor, going all the way back to 1921. These challenging rides can also entitle the rider to enter longer events such as Paris-Brest-Paris or Boston-Montréal-Boston. As used in the "randonneuring" world, the terms brevet and randonnée are often interchangeable, but in common cycling usage, a randonnée might be considered to be less structured or formal than a brevet.



Randonneurs USA (rahn doe ner) - The national "randonneuring" organization for the United States. Created in 1998 to encourage the growth of "randonneuring" in this country, RUSA oversees and coordinates the randonnées of regional brevets series. RUSA also collects and sends brevet results to France for processing and registration. It also disperses French "randonneuring" medals to American riders. Every four years RUSA collects and coordinates the entries of all Americans into Paris-Brest-Paris. It also publishes a national brevet calendar and quarterly newsletter devoted to "randonneuring". RUSA has an elected leadership and strives to serve the needs of its members.



If you are interested in any of this, I highly recommend that you visit the homepage of RUSA: http://www.rusa.org. They have a lot of valuable information on their pages. This is how I found information about these topics. I became a member, did in 2003 the complete Florida Brevet series, other Brevets and finally PBP.

Want to do a Brevet?  Check the South Central Florida Brevet Series which is sponsored by Florida Freewheelers Orlando.

Need more info on Randonneuring or upcoming events? Join the Nationwide Randon Discussion List or the Florida Randon List.



Ridehard's Long Distance Hints:

I believe that everybody that did a century before can do long distance rides with 125 Miles (200 k) or more. I encourage everybody to give it a try. Try it and you will find out, it is just more fun.

Maybe a few hints:

  • check your equipment and make sure it is reliable
  • be mentally dedicated and prepared to do a long ride
  • have a plan, take it easy and go the speed that is good for you
  • get dropped - a lot of people try to hang on, no matter what - do your own speed

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top Last updated by Ridehard -     03 Dec 2004