This ride starts at the Golden Gate Bridge, goes out to the Point Reyes Lighthouse via Sir Francisco Drake, up to Marshall, then back to the Bridge. 125 miles in all. Saturday, January 26, with a start time of 7AM.
Brevets aren't quite the same as organized centuries/double centuries. They're timed events, and you have to check in at certain points (called "controls") by specific cut-off times. The times are pretty manageable, though, especially for "shorter" brevets like the 200K and 300K. For the 200K, for example, you have to finish in 13.5 hours. Why all the bureacracy? Ask the French; they're the ones who invented randonneuring and brevets...
I did the 200K last year. It's a pretty nice route with no major climbs, just a lot of rollers and a few extended but still pretty short climbs (i.e., White's Hill in Fairfax and a few climbs on the Point Reyes peninsula).
Unlike organized centuries, brevets have minimal support. The idea is you're supposed to be self-sufficient. So you need to bring your own food and liquid, but you still have to pay $20 as an entry fee. Again, blame it on the French. SAG support is pretty non-existent too, although I do believe there was at least one volunteer sweeping the course on the 200K last year. Don't know if that will be true this time around though.
In past years, the SF Randonneurs club put on a full series: 200K, 300K, 400K, and 600K. This year, it's just a 200K and 300K so far. I think of the local clubs (there are ones in Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and Davis too), only Davis is putting on a full series this year.
The SF rides are limited to 100 riders. You can learn more about all the weird rules and regulations of randonneuring and get an entry form here.
While it can get pretty foggy and windy out on the Point Reyes peninsula, we got lucky last year and had nice weather. And when the weather's nice, it's beautiful out there, miles and miles of rolling hills and very little traffic. If you're interested, sign up!