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Old 04-18-13, 03:55 AM   #1
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Randonneuring organisations/clubs you have ridden with

How many Randonneuring organisations/clubs have you ridden with?


My first Randonneuring organisation was the Manitoba Randonneurs, and I rode several years with them.
While riding as a member of the Manitoba Randonneurs, I rode with the Prairie Randonneurs, the BC Randonneurs, Audax Club Parisien (the PBP), and Audax Australia.

My next Randonneuring organisation was the Alberta Randonneurs, and I rode several years with them.
While riding as a member of the Alberta Randonneurs, I rode with Randonneur USA for several events in different states.

Just before the PBP 2007, I became a member of the BC Randonneurs (and I was still a member of Alberta Randonneurs), and I did a couple rides with the BC Randonneurs, then went to the PBP 2007 as a member of the BC Randonneurs.

And then I moved to Australia and became a member of Audax Australia!


And you? I think we're quite an international bunch here.

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Old 04-18-13, 06:36 AM   #2
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Ridden with a few different mobs:
Audax Oz (Australia) lots
Audax Club Parisien, only a few PBPs
Audax Ireland, once
Audax UK, lots
Audax Randonneur Italia, once
Belgium Randonneurs, once but actually a UAF brevet
Israeli Randonneurs, once plus next month
Randonneurs Portugal, once
Randonneurs USA, once
Union des Audax Francais, a few times

I like riding new roads, so hope to do brevets in several other countries in the future.
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So far I've ridden with the DC Randonneurs, though I've recently joined RUSA and this coming Saturday I'll be riding with the New England Randonneurs. For clubs that are not focused on randonneuring, I'm a member of the Frederick Pedalers and have done a goodly number of rides with them over the last 9 months or so.
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I've only ridden with the Iowa Randonneurs so far, and will be doing a 200k with them this weekend. A lot of the people I rode with last year will travel all over the midwest to ride brevets!
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I'm located between three Randonneuring clubs, so I bounce around a bit:

Ohio Randonneurs in 2010 for 200, 300, and 400k
St Louis Randonneurs in 2010 for a single 600k
Lousiville Bicycle Club in 2011 for a hilly SR series to quality for PBP
St. Louis Randonneurs in 2011 for a 400k I believe
PBP with ACP in 2011
Ohio Randonneurs again in 2012, for a 200k, 300k, 400k, and a Fleche, which was a hoot
Harpath Bicycle Club (Tennessee) in 2013 for a 200k, working on an R-12

This year I intend to ride LOL out of Toronto and a 600k in Minnesota, adding to my list.

One week after PBP I was in Africa on business, and had an opportunity to ride a bit, but not with a randonneuring club unfortunately. If future international business trips occur, I will surely try to hook up with local rides.
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And here I sit in Michigan, one of the few states with NO Randonneuring clubs...
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And here I sit in Michigan, one of the few states with NO Randonneuring clubs...
Indiana has none... thus Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. 2-5 hours away. Each club has it's own personality.
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I just did my first Brevet last moth. I rode the Santa Cruz 200k with the Santa Cruz Randonneures.
Then two weeks later I rode the Davis Bike Club’s 300k Brevet.
Last weekend I rode the San Francisco, Hopland 400k and in two weeks I will try the San Francisco to Fort Brag and Back 600k with SFR.
I joined RUSA #8400 and SFR right off the bat as I thought I might like Randonneuring. I do. If the 600k goes well I might try the Davis Gold Rush Randonee 1200k.
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I just did my first Brevet last moth. I rode the Santa Cruz 200k with the Santa Cruz Randonneures.
Then two weeks later I rode the Davis Bike Club’s 300k Brevet.
Last weekend I rode the San Francisco, Hopland 400k and in two weeks I will try the San Francisco to Fort Brag and Back 600k with SFR.
I joined RUSA #8400 and SFR right off the bat as I thought I might like Randonneuring. I do. If the 600k goes well I might try the Davis Gold Rush Randonee 1200k.
Let me display my ignorance here (I'm used to it - no sensitivity here on that score)

A 600k brevet is about 373 miles. At an average speed of 12 mph (and I'm not sure if that's high, low or average for an endurance event) that's 31 hours. Are events of that length covered in a single push without any rest/sleep break? To be honest, I'm going to feel like I've achieved my life's goal in cycling if I can manage a 200k brevet, but I'm still trying to get my head around the rules of this sport. I'm thinking that folks that do this sort of thing every other week like you have, Phil don't have a spouse, kids or day job!
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I just did my first Brevet last moth. I rode the Santa Cruz 200k with the Santa Cruz Randonneures.
Then two weeks later I rode the Davis Bike Club’s 300k Brevet.
Last weekend I rode the San Francisco, Hopland 400k and in two weeks I will try the San Francisco to Fort Brag and Back 600k with SFR.
I joined RUSA #8400 and SFR right off the bat as I thought I might like Randonneuring. I do. If the 600k goes well I might try the Davis Gold Rush Randonee 1200k.
Hey, Phil- nice to see you here! I was going to PM a brief report on the other site, but since you`re here, I completed within the limits (23:41, I think), but it wasn`t pretty. There`s no way I`ll try a longer event until I get my food/hydration figured out. Wishing you the best for your 600- I`l be working the Davis 600 on the same weekend. If you do the Gold Rush, I just might end up seeing you there too, but if I go I`ll be making sandwiches and signing cards, not pedalling

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And here I sit in Michigan, one of the few states with NO Randonneuring clubs...
Steve, don`t feel too left out. For a brief period, I thought I was unfortunate to not have a rando club starting their routes a 20 minute ride from my front door, but look at the big map on Rusa`s site:
http://www.rusa.org/cgi-bin/eventmap_GF.pl
By looking at where the clubs are based, you can see that a LOT of people have to travel long distances to get to a ride. I don`t know how far you are from the nearest club, but I betcha there are plenty people with at least that far to go. And don`t condern yourself with state lines- it isn`t like there will be any passport issues unless you cross a national border.

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To be honest, I'm going to feel like I've achieved my life's goal in cycling if I can manage a 200k brevet, but I'm still trying to get my head around the rules of this sport. I'm thinking that folks that do this sort of thing every other week like you have, Phil don't have a spouse, kids or day job!
If your goal is to ride a 200K brevet, you have a fine goal . If you achieve that one and your next goal is to ride a 300k or to build a birdhouse using microscpoically thin planks cut from a single popsicle stick, or to drive a 50 year old Citroen 2CV across Africa, you`ll have more fine goals. Don`t worry, be happy!

This comes up on the touing sites also. You don`t have to be rich, retired, or have a mysterious magical benefoactor to do things of the sort, just need to be dedicated to it enough to make things work. Of course, the rich, retired, benefactor approach would sure make it a lot easier!
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Old 04-22-13, 02:28 AM   #11
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Let me display my ignorance here (I'm used to it - no sensitivity here on that score)

A 600k brevet is about 373 miles. At an average speed of 12 mph (and I'm not sure if that's high, low or average for an endurance event) that's 31 hours. Are events of that length covered in a single push without any rest/sleep break? To be honest, I'm going to feel like I've achieved my life's goal in cycling if I can manage a 200k brevet, but I'm still trying to get my head around the rules of this sport. I'm thinking that folks that do this sort of thing every other week like you have, Phil don't have a spouse, kids or day job!

Common Randonneuring distances are: 200K, 300K, 400K, and 600K. And they have time limits which include all breaks ... breaks for toilet, food, sleep, etc.

The time limits are calculated with a minimum speed of 15 km/h. And while that may sound really slow, when you start including stops to use the toilet, or eat something, 15 km/h starts to become a little bit more challenging.

200K => 13.5 hours
300K => 20 hours
400K => 27 hours
600K => 40 hours

And yes, that's all one ride, and those time limits include all breaks you might need to take.

The 1000K has a time limit of 75 hours and the 1200K has a time limit of 90 hours. These have the 15 km/h minimum speed until the 600K point, and then the minimum speed drops which takes into consideration the need for sleep.


More in answer to your question/comment ... to finish a 600K in 31 hours, you'd have to be a relatively brisk cyclist, and/or have some really good cycling conditions.

For many clubs, the whole season takes place between about April and June. So you go hard and ride every other weekend for 2-3 months, and then return to normal life for the rest of the year. Some clubs, however, have rides year round ... here in Australia, we could ride a Randonneuring event every month. And yes, we have jobs ... we work, and attend night classes, and do all sorts of other things too.
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And here I sit in Michigan, one of the few states with NO Randonneuring clubs...
The closest to you is probably the Ontario folks, actually, if you don't mind crossing the border.
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Thanks for that info, Machka! That clears things up a bit for me.

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For many clubs, the whole season takes place between about April and June. So you go hard and ride every other weekend for 2-3 months, and then return to normal life for the rest of the year. Some clubs, however, have rides year round ... here in Australia, we could ride a Randonneuring event every month. And yes, we have jobs ... we work, and attend night classes, and do all sorts of other things too.
The wife and I still have demanding day jobs for at least the next 4 years or so, but we're semi-officially empty nesters (the youngest just turned 21, and is reasonably self-sufficient) so it's getting easier to get out for at least 2-3 20-milers after work during the week. I'm often able to get an early-morning start on the weekends to do longer rides so I'm back around home for the bulk of the day, and avoid the complaints from the wife about being a "cycling widow". She's pretty supportive actually, but I'm not sure how she'd take to me being gone repeatedly for most of a weekend on brevets. Gotta work on that!
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I've ridden in Ohio, NC, Pennsylvania and France. Keep thinking about riding with the clubs in other neighboring states, D.C. in particular, but haven't had a compelling reason to do so.
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Despite Michigan and Indiana having no rando clubs / no RBA / no series, there are at least 26 RUSA members that live in Indiana and at least 20 in Michigan (there are only 24 that live in Kentucky).

Actually, I just checked the RUSA website ... as of March-28-2013, Detroit Randonneurs, RBA Tom Dusky (RUSA #7688). His contact info is on the RUSA website, "Officials" page. Also, there are quite a few Permanents in Michigan -- well, about half are organized by one person, RUSA #7566 -- you can look him up on the RUSA website via the Permanents search function.

Indiana still has no club / no RBA. And excluding the 400+ perm, only one Permanent that starts in Indiana -- and that is actually the reversed routing of a Taylorsville, IL course.
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that's funny about Indiana, I met two people from Indiana on PBP
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