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).
Consider joining PA Randonneurs. Annual membership dues are $20. With membership, special events are free, and you receive a discount of $5 for our regular events all year.