Randonneuring is a non-competitive, timed, endurance cycling sport originating in the 1890s at a time when the bicycle was thought to be the replacement for the horse as the modern day vehicle of choice.
The "driftless" area of southwestern Wisconsin
Camaraderie, not competitionis the hallmark of randonneuring. Unlike racing, there is no distinction for finishing a route before others - all riders finishing within the time limit are honored equally. While some riders race against the clock for a personal best, many prefer to enjoy the ride with friends. Unlike cyclotouring, riders are expected to maintain a minimum pace, approximately 10 miles/hr., throughout the event.
Riders depart together along predetermined routes that are generally 200 kilometers (124 miles) or longer. In order to ensure that riders follow the route, checkpoints are established where riders get a card signed, proving that they reached that point within a specified time.
A brevet series consists of four rides: 200k, 300k, 400k, and 600k long. Once a series has been completed riders are eligible to participate in longer events, the pinnacle being 1200k and even longer events all around the world.
About Great Lakes Randonneurs
Great Lakes Randonneurs was founded in 1987 in Harvard, Illinois by Lon Haldeman; the current bylaws were adopted in 1996. It is one of the older randonneuring groups in the country and pre-dates the creation of RUSA. Rides moved to Sharon, Wisconsin in 1994. The current location of most rides, Delavan, Wisconsin has been in use since the mid 2000s, though we still have all the old cue sheets. With the founding of RUSA, the region was defined with Chicago as the main locale. RBAs of the GLR have generally had long tenures in recent years.
RBAs of the GLR - founding to present
GLR is affiliated with Randonneurs USA (RUSA). Riders' results from GLR events are submitted to RUSA which submits them to Audax Club Parisien for validation. A validated brevet qualifies a rider for a medal and also counts towards qualification for upcoming major events in the US and around the world.
If you are looking for a little more of a challenge than your local century ride and enjoy the company of others who are more interested in seeing you finish than dropping you on the next climb then please join us.