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What is randonneuring? How to get started?

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Asked by: Susan Taylor

In randonneuring, you ride a prescribed course within a fairly generous time limit, and document that you’ve ridden through a series of checkpoints along the route. Randonnées can be from 100 km to over 1200 km in distance. Some randonnées have officials on the course.

How do I become a randonneur?

A rider who has successfully completed a 200-kilometre (120 mi) brevet in limited time is called a randonneur. This is a lifelong title. Riders completing successful events receive awards, either from Audax Club Parisien or another randonneuring organisation.

Who is a super randonneur?

The Super Randonneur (SR) title is earned by any rider who completes the Super Series of brevets (200 km, 300 km, 400 km and 600 km) within the same calendar year (Nov-Oct). A separate SR medal is also available for those holding this title.

What is a Randonnee?

A randonnée (pronounced rahn-doe-nay) is simply a long bike ride, usually over 100 miles and sometimes much longer. In common cycling usage, it typically refers to a non-competitive, long-distance ride that’s timed for safety, with several controls (or stops) along the route to keep the riders honest.

What is a randonneur bike?

A Randonneur bike can really be anything that is human powered for such events with not much restrictions. However, the general description of a rando bike is a bike that fits somewhere between a dedicated road racing bike and a touring bike.

How long is a brevet?

Typical brevet lengths are 200, 300, 400, 600, 1,000 or 1,200 km. Think of these rides as Events.

How do you pronounce randonneuring?

randonneur Pronunciation. ran·don·neur.

How do I prepare for BRM?

During the BRM Ride

  1. After the start, ride at a comfortable speed, allow your body to warm up and get into rhythm. An early rush does not help. …
  2. Riding in a group helps. …
  3. In case of cramps or exhaustion, don’t quit manage it Remember what LA said “Pain is Temporary and quitting is forever?.


How do I participate in BRM?

First things first. You must be an AIR subscriber to take part in any brevet in India. You have to apply for subscription online only at: http://www.audaxindia.in/member-benefits.php Pay special attention to subscription validity at the time of registration.

What is a brevet card?

Before almost every ride* you’ll be given a Brevet Card. The name comes from the French word for “certificate” and is used to prove that you have completed each part of the route within the time limit.

What is a bike marathon called?

Marathon mountain bike races, often referred to as cross-country marathon (XCM), are a very demanding form of mountain bike racing covering at least 40 kilometres (25 miles) usually in mountainous terrain.

What is brevet Populaire?

Brevet Populaire (BP)



These shorter rides – usually up to 200km – are called Brevet Populaires (BP) and may usually be ridden at minimum speeds of between 10km-12.5km per hour and maximum speeds of 20km-25km per hour. They are an excellent way to begin long-distance riding.

Is brevet a race?


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What is a bike marathon called?

Marathon mountain bike races, often referred to as cross-country marathon (XCM), are a very demanding form of mountain bike racing covering at least 40 kilometres (25 miles) usually in mountainous terrain.

Is brevet a race?

A brevet is not a race, although riders seek to improve their personal best times. It is a “pass or fail” event—you either finish within the allocated time frame or you don’t. Results are listed alphabetically, not by your finish time. For many, the goal is simply to finish and to go farther than they have before.

How long is an Audax?

Originally, an Audax required participants to swim, run, walk, or cycle a set distance in 14 hours which was approximately the time between sunrise and sunset. The distance to be covered by cycling was 200km.

What are randonneur handlebars?

The Rando Bar is designed to be an ultra comfortable all-day handlebar for randonneuring, touring, tandems, as well as mixed terrain riding. It has substantial flare for a wide stance in the drops. The bend is traditional, round, and open.

How do I make my bike more comfortable?

How to make your bike more comfortable

  1. Get your position dialled. A good bike position should allow you to ride for hours on end without discomfort. …
  2. Sort your control positioning and lever reach. …
  3. Swap your bar tape or grips. …
  4. Fit wider tyres. …
  5. Reduce tyre pressure. …
  6. Try a different saddle. …
  7. Add suspension. …
  8. Consider your kit.