Thanks to Jim in Minneapolis, I’ve just joined my first cycle club, the Seattle International Randonneurs! These folks look a bit nuts to me so I’m betting I’ll fit right in and learn a bit about cycling and myself in the process.
Randonneurs typically ride extremely long distances in one go. They ride all night, sleep little, and I suppose, eat a lot. Typically, during the season, you would progressively ride 200k, 300k, 400k, 600k and maybe go for a 1000k or 1200k rides.
Let me put this in perspective: last month I rode a total of 675k. These folks ride that over a weekend.
Unfortunately, it is hard to do club rides with folks in Seattle when you live in Boston so I won’t get to wear a pillbox hat anytime soon. Vic and I’ve just missed the start of the Brevet season. They’ve already moved onto 300k and 400k rides, even here in the Boston area, and we’re certainly not in shape to jump right in. Still, it gives me something to think about with the goal of qualifying for the Paris-Brest-Paris classic in 2007.
The picture is from a book my mother found at a garage sale in Texas called A History of Bicycles. It’s a bit boring and manages to look as though it was printed in 1972 though it’s from 1992 due to the terrible type face. However, the pictures are fantastic!
Hey thanks for the plug. I like your site and I’ll link you shortly. That ought to increase your hit count by 2 hits per week, minimum.
I’m hoping to do my first brevet series (200, 300, 400, 600K) starting on Saturday with the newly formed Twin Cities Randonneuring club. But fate intervened and gave me a beautiful baby daughter 5 days ago, which was at least 8 days later than expected. Now my wife and the baby are just home from the hospital with the 200K coming on Saturday. Still not sure if I will do it. I doubt I’ll do the whole series this year anyway. I’ve been told that it’s best for beginners to start with the 200, 300, and 400, and to only attempt the 600 if they really feel up to it. I might just end up doing the 300 and 400, but I’m not making any promises.
The Seattle club is sort of famous. Their members include Kent Peterson and Jan Heine, who are well known in the small circle of randonneurs. These two keep webpages that are quite informative.
A 400K ride report from Jan:
And another guy whose writing I like, Commuter Dude, has been chronicling his brevet series on a single speed.