Fresno is the newest California region to be added to the Randonneurs USA (RUSA) event calendar. Brevets are long distance unsupported endurance cycling events for those capable of completing 100+ mile rides looking for the next harder challenge. These rides are designed to be non-competetive in nature while fostering camaraderie and self sufficiency. Fresno Cycling Club will host 3 events in 2014 and hopes to establish a full series (200k, 300k, 400k, & 600k) in 2015 to allow local riders to qualify that year for Paris-Brest-Paris 1200k. These rides follow guidelines set by RUSA, the national organization that coordinates all the brevets in the United States and interfaces with the Audax Club Parisien in France for correct brevet result processing.
Brevet riders need not be Fresno Cycling Club members or RUSA members to participate, however RUSA membership ($20/yr) is required prior to the brevet if you wish to qualify for a number of special international and domestic awards. Because our sport is noncompetitive, awards are earned by simply finishing events inside the time limit. Two essential things are needed to earn randonneuring honors: paricipation and determination.