Randonnées of 200, 300, 400, 600 km length, and beyond, are offered at various locations in Eastern Pennsylvania by the PA Randonneurs. Each ride prepares the rider for the next longer distance. Please read the following articles before participating in one of our brevets.
It's not racing, but it is more challenging than touring.
Randonneuring is a long-distance cycling sport. In randonneuring, riders attempt courses of 200 km or more, passing through predetermined "controls" (checkpoints) every few tens of kilometres. Riders aim to complete the course within specified time limits, and receive equal recognition regardless of their finishing order. Riders may travel in groups or alone as they wish, and are expected to be self-sufficient between controls. A randonneuring event is called a randonnée or brevet, and a rider who has completed a 200 km event is called a randonneur.
The international governing body for randonneuring is Audax Club Parisien (ACP), which works with other randonneuring organisations worldwide through Les Randonneurs Mondiaux (RM). Randonneuring is popular in France, and has a following in the Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, United States, Canada, Brazil, Ireland, India and Japan. In the US, the governing body for randonneuring is Randonneurs USA (RUSA).
You must be a RUSA member to ride randonneuring events in the USA. You will not be allowed to register in any rando event till you have a RUSA membersip. Sign up for RUSA Membership here.
RUSA Membership is mandatory in order to ride events. You should join RUSA immediately (info here) if you want to ride rando events in the USA.
Joining PA Rando is optional. Nevertheless, you should consider joining PA Randonneurs as well. With PA Rando membership, special PA events are free, and you receive a registration fee discount at our regular PA events all year. You can join PA Rando when you register for our event.