Sunday, November 09, 2008

Brevets in the Tri-Cities, WA

Randonneuring is an organized form of long distance bicycle riding. And it's a blast. There is the benefit of meeting our fellow bicyclists, the interesting routes that take us to parts of our regions we wouldn't otherwise see, and the challenges. The distances are challenging, and the challenges ratchet nicely with ones abilities. Slower riders (like me) have the challenge of finishing within the time limit, faster riders can try to best their previous marks, or take advantage of the time for photo explorations, diner diving, etc.

Good description of Randonneuring and the rides (Brevets) are available on the web-sites linked below (don't miss the RUSA web-site), and here: http://www.randonneurs.bc.ca/introduction/intr_txt.html.

The national organization for Randonneuring in the US, RUSA - http://www.rusa.org, breaks the country into (approximate) regions, and in my part of the world the closest regions are in Portland, OR - http://www.orrandonneurs.org and Seattle, WA - http://seattleinternationalrandonneurs.org. Each of these is a good 3-4 hour card drive from the Tri-Cities, so, we're going to run a couple of Brevets (the rides) from the Tri-Cities this next year (under the auspices of the Oregon group).

The two rides we currently have schedule are a 200km Brevet on April 18, 2009 and a 300km Brevet on May 2, 2009. If we have enough participants, we'll expand our ride offerings in the next year and perhaps form a region. Stay tuned!

4 comments:

Duncan Watson said...

Both of those sound great. I love the tri-cities and would happily drive down from Seattle for either or both. Post the routes if you can when they are ready. I would love to see them. I am just getting into randonneuring. It would be a lot of fun to ride out east.

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to it.
some new turf to ride.
John Vincent

Vincent Muoneke said...

Sounds good, I look fwd to it.

scott said...

I am sure there will be enough interest from Orrandos and Sirandos to justify at least a couple of rides in the area. It would be awesome to have brevets in the tricities to choose from!