Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Super-Randonneurs - Who? Why?

What are Michelle Grainger and Steve Le Goff looking so happy about? Maybe it's because they just finished their 600k and thereby their first Super-Randonneur series!

A Super-Randonneur (SR) series - 200k, 300k, 400k, and 600k brevets ridden in one year - is a big goal for many randonneurs, and the qualifying series for 1200k's such as Paris-Brest-Paris.

A rider recently asked me what it was like to ramp up for the first time to those distances, terra incognita for many riders. Among the 23 local Super-Randonneurs this year (a record for a non-PBP-year), seven are first-timers. Here are stories and advice from some of them:

Might an SR series be on your radar for 2010? It's good training, a fine accomplishment, and, if you're thinking of riding Paris-Brest-Paris in 2011, an especially good idea in the year prior to the event. And as you can see from the SR list, there are plenty of veterans to help you out.


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