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Not even a newbie...yet

Old 05-05-18, 03:16 PM
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Not even a newbie...yet

I like riding and distance riding appeals in particular. I enjoy big days and am interested in randonneuring. My question is, how does someone get started? is randonneuring a “sink or swim” sport, or do clubs mentor newbies? If you don’t know/have someone to start with, are you basically on your own unless/until you meet a wily old veteran who can show you the ropes?
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Do you have a local riding group in your area. That would be the first place to start on getting some rides in. Also what kind of experience riding do you have?
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There’s a club an hr away but web site makes them seem geared more for people already in the know.
I ride 70-120 km several times per week but haven’t ridden at night.
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Originally Posted by Jno
There’s a club an hr away but web site makes them seem geared more for people already in the know.
I ride 70-120 km several times per week but haven’t ridden at night.
That's total mileage, or a single ride? i.e. what's the longest distance you have done in a single ride?
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Get started by becoming a competent, well rounded cyclist first. This means a lot of things that are obvious, but a few less obvious of them are: learning how / what / how much to eat and drink on the bike, riding in various terrain, what clothing to wear in different conditions, how to do some roadside repairs, getting your fit and comfort on the bike all worked out, and yes, learning to ride at night.

After you are a competent, well rounded cyclist, start by doing a few organized centuries (100 mi). Then give a 200K a shot - either a permanent (if available) or randonee. Some rando clubs will have 100K populaires, which are good for toe dipping too.

Learn by doing, as you go.
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Just sign up for a 200k and go. You don't need any special equipment or experience, and I'm sure you will meet plenty of nice people on the ride who can offer as much advice as you want. The time limits are generous so you don't really need to be in that great shape to finish. If you like it you can get some lights and try some of the longer distances. There are plenty of people who just stick to the 200's & 300's and never go farther than that. I think those of us involved in randonneuring are generally pretty terrible about introducing new people to the hobby. I was at the opening day 200k last Saturday for the Chicago/Milwaukee club and there were only 25 riders. That's pulling from a population base of over 12 million people. I realize it's not for everyone, but that turnout seems so pathetic. Sportives in the UK are similar distances and draw thousands of riders.
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Old 05-06-18, 03:15 PM
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Thanks for the replies. I had wondered if maybe the community on the ground was quite small, but the forum seems pretty active. I will, as recommended, just try a 200km and go from there.
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It really depends on how fast you are. In some places, there are slow people that are still going to reliably finish. In others, there really aren't.

I think the only tricky part is learning how to navigate. At least that was my problem at first
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Originally Posted by steamer
start by doing a few organized centuries (100 mi).
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