From the Randonneurs USA (RUSA) Website:
Randonneuring: Randonneuring is long-distance unsupported endurance cycling. This style of riding is non-competitive in nature, and self-sufficiency is paramount. When riders participate in randonneuring events, they are part of a long tradition that goes back to the beginning of the sport of cycling in France and Italy. Friendly camaraderie, not competition, is the hallmark of randonneuring.
brevet (bruh vay) - Literally, the word means "certificate", "patent", or "diploma" in French. In "randonneuring", it means two things: certification of having successfully done a randonné, --indicated by a small numbered sticker placed on a completed brevet card --, as well as, by extension the long-distance event itself (at least 200 kilometers in length). Completing a successful brevet means one's ride has been certified and registered in France, and the rider's name is added to the roll of honor, going all the way back to 1921. These challenging rides can also entitle the rider to enter longer events such as Paris-Brest-Paris or Boston-Montréal-Boston. As used in the "randonneuring" world, the terms brevet and randonnée are often interchangeable, but in common cycling usage, a randonnée might be considered to be less structured or formal than a brevet.
OUR NEXT RIDE (updated for 2017):
Ride: Gallatin Valley Rambler 200K
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Registration: from 7:30 AM–8:00 AM. Click here for the paperwork.
START/FINISH LOCATION: My House, 713 Cheery Drive, Belgrade, MT
Time Limit: 13.5 hours. See the Rules for Riders.
Entry Fee: $10.
Motels (reservations on your own): The Holiday Inn Express (closest), Super 8, LaQuinta, and Quality Inn are all close to the start
CONTACT ME: Please send me an email or call me to let me know you're coming so we know how many brevet cards to prepare. Also, feel free to get in touch with any questions!
Some of the start locations are tentative, but the dates are firm.
April 29-200K Belgrade
May 20-300K Helena
June 10-400K Missoula
June 30- 600K Belgrade
July 4-100K Bozeman
Sept. 17-200K W. Yellowstone
For a look at what other nearby regions are doing, checkout Norm Carr's spreadsheet showing the combined schedules for the Oregon Randonneurs, Seattle International Randonneurs, Desert River Randonneurs (Tri-Cities, Washington), and our Montana schedule. There's lots of opportunities to get a brevet series done!
And for those RUSA members who want to get in more events to qualfiy for various awards, please consider riding one of my permanents. Permanents can be scheduled almost anytime, and if I'm available I'd love to join you (if you don't like going too fast). I have six great routes-all challenging and scenic. Check the right column of my blog for all the info on my permanents-or just send me an email and we can get something set up.