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Old 11-15-03, 03:23 PM
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Randonneurs: Roll Call

How many here are members of RUSA (Randonneurs USA) or whatever organization handles randonneuring in your country? How many events have you participated in? What is the longest event you have done?

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I belong to RUSA, but have yet to ride a brevet. My original goal was Paris-Brest-Paris this year, but that didn't happen. Right now I'm building up my miles to someday ride a weekend century with the randonnerurs in the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club.
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I'm not a member but have ridden some 200K events.
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I'm a RUSA member for the past two years. I've done full brevet series the past two years and completed BMB last year and PBP this year.

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Hi,
sounds like...well, I am not going to say what that sounds like. What is that there randonneur; I mean, would Ma approve?
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late,

Randonneuring is a type of organized touring and it works like this:

The events are 200, 300, 400, 600 and 1200 kilometers. You ride on open roads and must obey all traffic laws. Lights are REQUIRED when riding in non-daylight hours. You must do your own repairs. You may accepts parts, tools and help from other ride participants but you may NOT accept outside help- that is grounds for disqualification.

The events are timed, however the pace is pretty relaxed. You can average 15 mph and easily finish within the time limit. There are checkpoints along the way to insure that no one cheats by taking shortcuts. You must get your card stamped at each checkpoint (except for unmanned checkpoints where you must write down some piece of information about the checkpoint).

Everyone who finishes gets a medal and finishing times are listed in ALPHABETICAL order to discourage racing. To participate you must be a member of RUSA (randonneurs USA). https://www.rusa.org/
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Randoneur

Currently I am not a RUSA member. I did ride the series, including PBP in 1983. I believe I was the first person to complete PBP on a recumbent, but not sure about that. I was the most difficult physical challenge I have ever completed. I have ridden a few brevets since then, and have considered riding PBP again, but other biking challenges have prevailed.

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Not a member (not required in Sweden), but I did one each of the 200, 300 and 400k rides this year.

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Hey visionrider, you're upstream from me.

All, what kind of rig do you need? Is there a faq?
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Originally Posted by TeleJohn
what kind of rig do you need?
Road bike + brooks b17 saddle + low gears + wide tires + lights and fenders.

Comfort and gearing are two big factors. You can buy a purpose built randonneuring bike from Rivendell/PeterWhite/Singer/etc or you can convert a regular road bike.

I am using a Nashbar road frame with:

Nitto stem and handlebar. The handlebar is level with the saddle to reduce weight on my hands.

Brooks b.17 saddle set all the way back on the rails to further shift my weight balance rearward and off my hands.

Rivendell Roly Poly 700x27 tires

Ritchey Logic crankset with 48-34 chainrings

Suntour front derailleur from the late 1970's. Spring tension defaults to the big ring and cable pull moves the chain to the small ring. This makes it easier to downshift under stress (like when climbing a really big hill). Modern derailleurs work the opposite way.

Shimano 11-32 cassette with Shimano Deore rear derailleur and Shimano bar end shifters.

You can set up your own bike however you want but remember this- on a 200 kilometer ride comfort is WAY more important than speed.
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How do you like them?
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Originally Posted by Barnaby
How do you like them?
I love them. They are the smoothest rolling, best cornering clinchers I have ever ridden.
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I am a member of RUSA even though I'm Canadian. I've completed 3 years of Randonneuring and have gotten my Super Randonneur each year. I have also done the Rocky Mountain 1200 and the Paris-Brest-Paris 1200.

This coming year I am planning to finish what I need to get my Randonneur 5000 award (I need a fleche, and a 1000K, plus probably a few more brevets), and I'm hoping to do the Great Southern Randonnee in Australia if all goes well.
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I've just sent off my membership application to RUSA. I plan to ride a full brevet series this Spring. I haven't ridden a brevet before.

I've ridden alot of centuries and a few double centuries, so I'm looking forward to the brevets. I'll be riding a nice new Vanilla bike configured for brevet rides. I can't wait!
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Just joined RUSA. There are no brevets in the Arizona area so I am getting excited about the permenants program. I am currently making a 300k permenant south of the Phoenix Metro area. Anyone know of any 600k brevets that don't go over Sunday? Want to someday do a full series but I don't ride on Sundays for religious reasons.
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I did a 300K brevet last summer. Denver to Aspen. Awesome day, but sorry to say that I witnessed cheating with those riders who had personal support vehicles following them. Is that uncommon? ...the cheating that is.
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Originally Posted by telenick
I did a 300K brevet last summer. Denver to Aspen. Awesome day, but sorry to say that I witnessed cheating with those riders who had personal support vehicles following them. Is that uncommon? ...the cheating that is.
Personal support vehicles are allowed to provide riders with assistance at the controls, and they can be on the course essentially following the riders. (But NOT on the PBP because that would make the course too crowded). They are not allowed to provide assistance to the riders between controls though unless they are a part of a secret control, or unless there is some sort of emergency (i.e. the rider had an accident, is injured, and needs medical attention).

Cheating by having a personal support vehicle providing support between controls doesn't happen in my club. The only year we've ever had a personal support vehicle on the course was the year when we had a 70 year old rider with us for all our brevets, and his wife drove along providing assistance at the controls.

I'm not quite sure I understand why people would need extra support outside of what is provided at the controls on a 300K. You're out there for no more than about 17 hours, you ride in daylight for most of the ride, you're not into sleep deprivation, the controls are placed about every 50 kms where you can get food and supplies . . . .
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An old thread, but it came up during a search of PBP

I will be joining RUSA in January, since they base memberships on the calendar year (no point in doing it now). I am hoping to complete the BMB Randonnee in 2006, and then use it to gain experience for my main focus, the PBP. Since I live in Connecticut, the BMB should be much easier in regards to logistics, so I can concentrate on learning what works and what doesn't on a 1200k.

In the past, I have completed a 12 hour ride, which was done well before I was seriously into cycling, and didn't know crap about nutrition, or even much about hydration. In retrospect, I have no clue how I finished that ride, other than guts and determination; if I stopped, I didn't get home, simple as that. I'm almost embarassed to reveal what we ate and drank on that ride....but hey, I was only like 15 years old .

I have a couple road bikes, a Trek 2100 circa 1995 (carbon main tubes, aluminum rear triangle and fork), and a 2004 Trek 5200. The 5200 will be my bike of choice during the brevets and BMB/PBP.....I have found the OCLV frame/fork to be stiff, yet very comfortable over rougher road surfaces. I'm somewhat concerned about the Bontrager RaceLite wheels (20 spokes in front, 24 in the rear), but I've hit some pretty good road obstacles and have had no issues, knock on wood. They seem pretty strong, and the aerodynamic benefits at speed are rather noticable over my 32 spokers on my 2100.

Being a mountaineer as well, I also have a keen awareness of weight, and choosing gear that is both lightweight, stowable and reliable, hence my bike choice as well. While I don't plan on skimping much on gear that I will carry, I am hoping to keep the weight down. The bulk of the weight will be in water and any food. Obviously, this will all be worked out during the brevet series and the BMB....if I end up carrying a few extra pounds of necessities, so be it; I've done enough unnecessary suffering in the past, and would rather not have to do so over 750 miles if I can help it at all.

I really can't wait for next year. I just hope I remain healthy and uninjured. I'm always good for getting injured at some point.
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I'm not a member, but became aware of randonneuring since hanging out here on the board. I'm going to be joining the first of the year myself. There isn't a series down here where I live, but there is in St. Louis (where my folks are), and Atlanta (where nobody I know lives). I've been reading ride logs and reports, and it sounds like a perfect fit for my personality type and how I like to ride.

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I signed on for my first membership this season. I had hoped to qualify for the 1200K BMB, but allas it didn't pan out. I DNF'd my 400K, as well as the 600K "replacement" the following weekend, and decided against riding the scheduled 600K. Not enough training time (and still being a heavy cigarette smoker).

I opted not to try for the BMB 1000K+200K option, due to my lax training (and compromised lung capacity).

Its a great organization. I'd ridden random Brevets the past couple years, prior to becoming a member. I even completed a 400K, with near minimal training, a few months after I got back into cycling.
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I've never done a randonee, but i did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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Sorry to hear about the DNF's....although I'm sure once you quit smoking, you'll feel 1,000% better.

I'm looking forward to my first brevet series next spring. I will hopefully get a decent mileage base in over the winter, although I admittedly do not ride outside in the winter, so the trainer will be getting a good workout. I still need to drop a good 20+ pounds to get to my "ideal" cycling shape/climbing weight. Although, by next summer, dropping a total of 30 pounds probably isn't out of the question. I'm not real fat or anything, just built up both fat and muscle via weightlifting and past injuries which resulted in no exercise. I'm in no real hurry though.....it'll happen.

I think my bike computer sucks (Ciclosport CM434)....it said my max watts for today's ride was like 1810. Lance would be extremely jealous.
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Originally Posted by GuitarWizard
Sorry to hear about the DNF's....although I'm sure once you quit smoking, you'll feel 1,000% better.

I'm looking forward to my first brevet series next spring. I will hopefully get a decent mileage base in over the winter, although I admittedly do not ride outside in the winter, so the trainer will be getting a good workout...
Thanks. Yeah, when I get around to wanting to quit again, I'm certain I'll feel a heck of a lot better. I just don't want to quit (rite now anyways).

Outdoor riding (near home) in the winter can be very good training for riding in bad weather (far from home). You can get used to whatever layering system/calorie needs you might use-but still have a quick "out". Handy if riding through a chill rain that might last 1/2 a Brevet (or longer). Apparently it ALLWAYS rains at some point during BMB, and could be cold as well in the mountains.

-Depending upon where you are in CT, you could ride the Berkshire, Boston, or the Princeton NJ series-or perhaps bits of the 3. Bruce&Tracy put on great rides for Boston, as does Don for the Berkshires. I've read good reports from Princeton rides, but have yet to ride one.
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Hey everyone!
I'm down here in FL where we do get to train all year, even though there is always a headwind no matter which direction you are going!

There is a series of brevets in the middle of the state starting in January, which I am preparing for. I've been trying to find some info. on how to pack my bike. Do people use camelbacks for storage? Do they use panniers (spelling is probably wrong)?

I'm just looking for hints & tips so I'm not out there without enough supplies. I know I need to carry my own fuel/water and bike tools, tubes, etc.

I also plan on joining RUSA in late December. I want to be a member before the January brevet series starts!

Any hints/tips are appreciated!

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