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 2018): 

Ride:  Yellowstone National Park South Loop 200K   Route map   

Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018

Start Time: 8:00 AM. WARNING: It will be very cold at the start-possibly below freezing!. Be prepared!

Registration: from 7:30 AM–8:00 AM. Click here for the paperwork

START/FINISH LOCATION: West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce, 30 Yellowstone Ave, West Yellowstone, MT

Time Limit:   13.5 hours. Lights and reflective gear recommended. There's lots of sites to see and we usually end up finishing after the sun sets. See the Rules for Riders. This ride is unsupported.

Entry Fee: $10. Yellowstone Park entry fee for bikes is $20 if you don't already have a park pass.
Motels (reservations on your own):  Lots of choices in West Yellowstone-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!

Sign up for our Montana Randonneurs Google Group to be kept updated on all our happenings.
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.
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