Category randonneuring

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Randonneuring Ride Report: Florida Sunshine 1200k (Day One)

1200 kilometers, or roughly 746 miles, is the distance of the most heralded event for randonneurs: Paris-Brest-Paris. If you’re able to finish a full series, you just might aspire to complete this historic ride someday. When I first began riding brevets back in 2013, I had no notion or desire, to be honest, of ever riding this far unless it was broken up over the course of several relaxing days (or even weeks) on a bike tour. But I’ve since learned that randonneurs are a wily, persuasive bunch, ready to induct any willing warm body into their mad little cadre of long-distance cyclists. And so gradually, after hearing many romantic stories from fellow riders about their experiences — Paris-Brest-Paris ended up on my bucket list, along with earning the prized RUSA Cup award.
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Randonneur Ride Report: 2015 SFR Flèche

Well, I seem to have a spotty track record with randonneuring team events; as of today it’s now 2 (success) for 3 (fail). Yesterday, I DNF’ed in Geyerserville as I started to come down with some sort of plague during the ride. I took it control by control, but after tons of headwind and increasingly chilly air — I felt more run down and congested with each mile. I managed to finish 131 miles before bagging it in Healdsburg, where TBO picked me up.
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Randonneur Ride Report: SLO Waves to Wine 400k

This year, as I chose the brevets I needed to qualify for this year’s Paris-Brest-Paris, I mixed up my itinerary again and considered events outside of San Francisco and Davis. Fortunately, the San Luis Obispo Randonneurs, a new club led by the human dynamo Vickie Backman, was offering a full ACP series this year. I hadn’t ridden much in the “Middle Kingdom” and was looking forward to a new set of adventures south of the Bay Area.
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