randonneuring

MiguelMiguel Riding Level: 2,315
"While racing is more like a battle, with only one rider coming out as a winner, randonneuring is all about the civilized enjoyment of cycling. Or as a non-randonneuring friend once put it: It is the quest for the perfect cyclist, any distance, any weather, self-sufficient" -stolen from teh internob

#1. RIDE YOUR BIKE

#2. Join a club!
http://www.rusa.org/
http://www.orrandonneurs.org/
http://www.seattlerandonneur.org/

#3. buy some shit!
http://www.boulderbicycle.bike/
http://www.compasscycle.com/
http://oceanaircycles.com/
https://www.builtbyswift.com/
http://www.acornbags.com/

So once you have been on the bike a bit, joined a club, and bought some shit you probably want to get to the next level.
A randonneur event is called a brevet (breh-vay) or a randonnee (ran-doh-nay), the distance is measured in kilometers, and you are given a cuesheet (for directions) and a brevet card (a list of controls/checkpoints - much like an alleycat). Brevets completely self supported - with the exception that you can receive outside support at the controls - and in the event of a real emergency (wreck, health, etc). A randonneur series is 200-300-400-600km brevets completed in the time allowed. This itself is a feat of physicality but there are more difficult routes and some 800-1000km brevets and 1200+. Minimum speed is about 14-18kmh, maximum speed is about 30kmh, depending on length.

Here are the time limits for common brevets:
200 km - 13.5 hours
300 km - 20 hours
400 km - 27 hours
600 km - 40 hours
1000 km - 75 hours
1200 km - 90 hours

The PNW has a wonderful landscape for this type of riding: country roads, wooded hills, small towns, access to water interspersed throughout.

Also, the PNW has a couple great clubs - Oregon Randonneurs and Seattle International Randonneurs. Both clubs are under Randonneurs USA (national club) and the worldwide governing body is Audax Club Parisenne. Yes, that is a lot of bureaucratic crap.

Brevets cost money to organize - pre rides, printing of materials, some basic supplies, insurance, other things. Generally they cost about $5-20 depending on the length and difficulty to orgnize and some can cost upwards of $100+ (for meals, hotel rooms, medals, other peripherals). ORR and SIR both have a $25/yearly club fee and RUSA has a $20?/year fee. Sometimes you can get free membership (or ORR/SIR) by volunteering to preride or organize brevets - this is the way to do it, everyone wins.

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  • MiguelMiguel Riding Level: 2,315
    Satuday is the ORR populaire.

    http://www.orrandonneurs.org/rba/2015/Rickeys_Pop_15/Rickeys_Pop_15_info.html

    sign up is 8-845, start is at 9 at cornelius pass roadhouse. there is no entry fee and there are slow people and crushers. for many this is the start of the season and the first ride of the year. this being a PBP year many randos have been our training/riding since december. with the early spring like weather this will be a very fast year.
  • bicyclefunkbicyclefunk Riding Level: 700
    Neat thanks for the info. Is anyone driving out, with perhaps a truck?
  • MiguelMiguel Riding Level: 2,315
    drive?
    no
    you can take the max you big wuss
    or you can ride over and add an easy 15 miles to a 65 mile ride
  • MiguelMiguel Riding Level: 2,315
    in fact, ill probably leave at 730 from downtown, up over cornell/53rd/skyline to cornelius pass and be able to register and get a coffee prior to start. and then ride home.
  • RickymareRickymare Riding Level: 633
    Prove it
  • jerryjerry Riding Level: 4,330
    image
  • MiguelMiguel Riding Level: 2,315
    Prove it
    you mean like do it?
    ok

    if anybody wants to meet up on SE side, 7:15 nearabouts crema, 7:30 nearabout 23rd and lovejoy, 53rd by 7:45

    think that should be enough meetups
  • jerryjerry Riding Level: 4,330
    man what the fuck even is that thing i posted
  • bicyclefunkbicyclefunk Riding Level: 700
    Haha :-)
    I'll meet you then. I thought the meet up was further out. I'll be Lovejoy and 23rd
  • MiguelMiguel Riding Level: 2,315
    Sounds good

    It's ~15 miles over the hill to the start. I figure it will tak an hour to get there. Then it's a 65 mile ride, at your own speed. The max train is ~2 miles from the start of you take that, orenco station stop
  • rofljenrofljen Riding Level: 2,438
    yeah I still don't get it.
  • bicyclefunkbicyclefunk Riding Level: 700
    Essentially, we're riding a century on Saturday. Or I guess if you're pooped and on the wrong side of the hill you can catch the max back :-)
  • MiguelMiguel Riding Level: 2,315
    Sometimes when I feel really good in the middle of the season, I can ride this 80-100 mile loop and be home by lunch, finish all my adult chores and drink beer, eat chips, and hang around in a hammock.
  • bicyclefunkbicyclefunk Riding Level: 700
    I've only been putting on commuting miles, not too many big days so we'll see how it goes. I should be fine though.
    Before I left LA I was on my motorcycle a lot, because I spent the past 4 or so months repairing after a series of electrical failures.
  • rofljenrofljen Riding Level: 2,438
    I know what randonneuring is I just don't understand randonneuring culture
  • jerryjerry Riding Level: 4,330
    @rofljen said:
    I know what randonneuring is I just don't understand randonneuring culture
  • MiguelMiguel Riding Level: 2,315
    You show up and you ride your bike
    That's what it is
    If you want to be fast and passive aggressive there's also that.
  • bicyclefunkbicyclefunk Riding Level: 700
    Miguel can give us a history lesson on the way to the ride.
    Also I need an adult to print me out one of then fancy route turn list thingies. I don't have a printer atm.

  • MiguelMiguel Riding Level: 2,315
    I'll print a couple tomorrow
  • MiguelMiguel Riding Level: 2,315
    You could probably laminate it because they do this ride every year
  • bicyclefunkbicyclefunk Riding Level: 700
    Thanks and good idea. I've got a bag with a clear top for route notes.
  • DuderDuder Riding Level: 218
    edited March 2015
    Looks like its free to register, so that's cool.
  • MiguelMiguel Riding Level: 2,315
    Thanks and good idea. I've got a bag with a clear top for route notes.
    Zip tie + paper clip attached to stem/bar area and cue sheet in a plastic Baggie also works
  • bicyclefunkbicyclefunk Riding Level: 700
    Anyone have a truing stand I can use for few minutes? Noticed some pinging noises coming from my rear wheel and felt some dangerously loose spokes :-(
  • MiguelMiguel Riding Level: 2,315
  • jerryjerry Riding Level: 4,330
    fuck that i don't own a truing stand, i just stare those fuckers down and they fix themselves.
  • bicyclefunkbicyclefunk Riding Level: 700
    I'm sorted. Taking the stump3r image
  • bicyclefunkbicyclefunk Riding Level: 700
    edited March 2015
    Ignore the pedals, transferring to clipless rn
  • S_L_D_S_L_D_ Riding Level: 453
    @jerry said:
    @rofljen said:
    I know what randonneuring is I just don't understand randonneuring culture
  • MiguelMiguel Riding Level: 2,315
    Yyyeeeaaaahhh
    Run what u brung
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