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    2014 Randonnees

    2014 Randonnees

    The 2014 Randonneuring season began on November 1, so if you're riding randonnees this year, tell us about them.


    Are you riding a Super Randonneur series with the hopes of getting into a 1200K randonnee later this year? In preparation for the PBP? Or are you just riding the randonnees for the fun, challenge, adventure, etc.?




    The "Les Randonneur Mondiaux" event calendar ...
    http://www.lesrandonneursmondiaux.org/calendar.html

    The "Les Randonneur Mondiaux" club links page ...
    http://www.lesrandonneursmondiaux.org/countrylinks.html


    BC Randonneurs Links page ...
    http://www.randonneurs.bc.ca/links/links.html

    Audax Australia's Links page ...
    http://www.audax.org.au/public/index...=125&Itemid=99

    Audax UK's Links page ...
    http://www.aukweb.net/resources/links/randonneur/

    Audax Club Parisien's Links page ...
    http://www.audax-club-parisien.com/E...hp?showpage=51

    Randonneur USA's Links page ...
    http://www.rusa.org/links.html

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    2013 was of dominated by doing a R-12, with quite a few permanents; for 2014 I want to get back to regular brevets, while sorting out my new bike.

    - SR Series - ride with some new clubs in the process
    - LOL if it's run this year, otherwise another US 1000 or 1200.
    - A Fleche if the dates work out
    - P-12 if it doesn't become drudgery (1 down, 11 to go)
    - Try to draw some of my friends into randonneuring
    - Maybe involved in starting up a rando club in Indiana

    Late last year I started having some hip pain. If that's not cleared up then plans could change.
    This has to be a tie between re-frozen slushy uneven dirty ice stuff just right of the nicely plowed pavement, and super-glassy ice with a dusting of fresh powder - SalshShark

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    My goals are modest -- I just want to get in a full SR series this year, so I can know if I will still want to do PBP in 2015.
    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
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    trying to figure out what acp 1000k I can ride. There is one in NC in March. Don't know if I can to a 1000k and a 1200k in the same year

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    My goals are modest -- I just want to get in a full SR series this year, so I can know if I will still want to do PBP in 2015.
    +1. Of course, it'd be nice to inch down towards the bottom of the clyde category, too.

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    My goal is to do the complete 2,3,4 and 600k here in KY. I have never done any randonneuring events so I am open to tips and advice. I don't really know what to expect but I figured I would give it a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailmix View Post
    My goal is to do the complete 2,3,4 and 600k here in KY. I have never done any randonneuring events so I am open to tips and advice. I don't really know what to expect but I figured I would give it a shot.
    Nice group to ride with; there will probably be a range speeds. In no particular order...

    Before the ride, study the route and know the distance between controls
    Keep on top of your hydration
    Keep on top of your fueling
    During the event, focus on getting to the next control (forget you have a billion miles to go, just think about the next 35)
    Approaching a control, plan what you're going to do (card signed, eat, drink, restroom, sunscreen, etc.), do it, and leave
    Ride your pace
    Carry some emergency food on the bike (gels, etc), and use it if needed
    Be prepared for temperatures 10 degrees lower/higher than forecast, rain, and wind than changes unfavorably
    Find someone to ride with at night, if you can
    On a ride, you may reach a point of hopelessness and depression. Eat a bit, drink a bit, find someone to talk to. It will be fine.
    Never ever quit unless you are out of time

    Oh, one more I heard. Your legs rest on the upstroke; that's all the rest they need until it's time to sleep.
    This has to be a tie between re-frozen slushy uneven dirty ice stuff just right of the nicely plowed pavement, and super-glassy ice with a dusting of fresh powder - SalshShark

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    Downtube, thanks for the advice. Any tips on equipment such as bags, lights etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailmix View Post
    Downtube, thanks for the advice. Any tips on equipment such as bags, lights etc?
    Those are much more subjective, depending on your personal preferences and such. I suggest using the forum search feature for past discussions.
    This has to be a tie between re-frozen slushy uneven dirty ice stuff just right of the nicely plowed pavement, and super-glassy ice with a dusting of fresh powder - SalshShark

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    Quote Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
    Those are much more subjective, depending on your personal preferences and such. I suggest using the forum search feature for past discussions.
    Will do, and thanks again.

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    Completed my first official Brevet on Saturday. 300k (my 10th 300+ km ride).
    A couple of long climbs, an awful lot of headwind and a wet finish.
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/424268378

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    Also new, but hoping to ride at least a 200 and 300 this year. Time is just going to be super short with my last semester of engineering. I almost made a local New Year's Day 100K just to meet some folks, but with family and everything, it just didn't happen.

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    Re-evaluating my brevet schedule, given family vacation plans and my available vacation days. Thinking about the Nachez Trace 1500 in September as essentially the highlight of the randonneuring year.
    This has to be a tie between re-frozen slushy uneven dirty ice stuff just right of the nicely plowed pavement, and super-glassy ice with a dusting of fresh powder - SalshShark

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    I hope to do a full series but at least one 600k at the minimum with the goal of being able to do a Grande Randonnee in the next year or so. I had no gear so, sorting that all out and losing 70 pounds are my main goals. I suspect if I am careful building miles, I can accomplish a 600k this year but probably not a hard Grand.

    PAP would have been nice as I had FF miles to burn, at some point maybe the one in Virginia, le Mille Sud, Nachez would be nice sometimg.....too early to know.....need to train. Thinking about it, time to go out for a ride once the baby potatoes are done boiling and I can season them up a planned hilly 90-100 today.

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    my third 200k ever (second this year) will be on saturday (eastern PA) but my real goal is a 300k in may. at the very least, i'd like to accumulate 1,000km this year, and dabble in some permanents. an R-12 is pretty lofty but i have the rest of the year to get some winter shoes and proper lighting...it's 1 down and 11 to go right now.

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    My 1st 200k was on April 5th. I'm trying to get ahold of a permanent owner for another 200k I want to do. I also just registered for a group 100k populaire in June. There is also another 200k I really want to do, but it's a 200k coast to coast, so I'd have to ride it 2 days in a row.

    I plan on doing a 300k shortly also.

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    Been rolling round some 200s, occasionally on fixed, and got round a 300 in reasonable shape a couple of weeks ago. Later this month is the Fleche Velocio and a week later, the Tour of the Dykes 300 in the Netherlands. Not ridden the French arrow before and have never ridden in Holland, so a couple of things to look forward to.

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    Getting tired of doing the same brevets in BC's Lower Mainland, so this year I did a couple of the Seattle Intl Randonneur rides. The first was the Big Ring 200, starting in Bellingham, which is about as close to the Canadian border as the Seattle rides tend to get. It was an uncharacteristic ride, as it was reasonably flat, and SIR is well-known for inserting gratuitous climbing into their brevets. They pride themselves on how many hills they can pack into their rides, which can be a double-edged sword. The second was their Bahn Mi 300. Bahn mi is a Vietnamese sandwich, which was offered up at the midpoint controle. Very tasty and easy to eat while riding. This ride lived up to SIR expectations, with about 10,000 feet of climbing over the 300 km, including two climbs of well over 15%. I know it's >15% when I have to get off the fixie and walk. When you struggling up a hill at 5 kmh, and you can walk up at the same speed, it makes more sense to walk. (A fixie has 3 speeds: sitting, standing, and walking.) One of those climbs was on an out-and-back spur, so it was totally gratuitous; there was an information controle you had to ride to, but it was at the bottom of the steep descent that you had to climb back up. Very SIR.

    The next two brevets will be with the BC Randonneurs, but I notice that the 400 will contain one long, steep 15% climb, and it might even be on an unpaved road (riding on forestry roads is starting to become popular on brevets in the Pac NW, thanks largely to Jan Heine and his Bicycle Quarterly ride reports/bike tests). I should be able to finish this on a battery light. But the 600 is a big loop into BC's interior. I'll likely do this one non-stop (on the fixie of course), but for this I'll install real lights and my front wheel with the Schmidt dynohub. Need to prepare for the PBP 2015. Haven't decided for sure if I'll go, but if I do, I'll start with the 80-hour group and ride thru the first night, then see how I feel at the start of the second night. Anyone know what the record is for a fixie? 60+ age group fixie?

    Luis

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    I've done 3 200s this spring but really only enjoyed one of them. Our club is very small and we had been riding as a group with the speed determined by how fast the slowest could be pulled along. Below a certain level of exertion, I have no rhythm and my body isn't happy. I'll likely have to start doing rides solo if I want to continue riding brevets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gecho View Post
    [...]I'll likely have to start doing rides solo if I want to continue riding brevets.
    That's what I do all the time. Don't like following wheels, don't like the schedules and don't like always riding the same routes. I do, however, enjoy riding alone for long periods of time, so I create my own routes and ride like I want.

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    I have no goal. I have started doing Audaxes on November, and did 3 (200 Nov, 200 Febr, 300 in May). For now, I think I won't be doing the 400 next month. I prefer to do a couple of 200s and 300s before jumping on the 400s.
    Maybe a SR next year who knows. (randonesia detected )

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    I'm going to be doing my first ride on Saturday, a permanent populaire with my old roommate, 100km starting in Princeton junction. Then at the end of June, we'll be riding a 200 with the Eastern PA club. After that he is leaving the country, and I'll be looking for new people to ride with. Depending on schedules, I'd like to do at least a ride a month until school starts back up. Maybe a 300 or a 400 too.

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    Has anyone else been out on a randonnee/brevet recently?

    There aren't many in my area anymore, but I'm eyeing one in early November.

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