Fresno is one of the newer California regions 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 noncompetitive in nature while fostering camaraderie and self-sufficiency. Fresno Cycling Club will host 6 events in 2017 with a full series that includes five 200km rides as well as a 300km brevet. 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, but the benefits of these two clubs are many. RUSA membership ($25/year) is required prior to the brevet if you wish to qualify for a number of special international and domestic awards (RUSA.org). 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: Participation and Determination.
Warning: Randonneuring can be addictive. 200km rides are a slippery slope to wanting longer more challenging rides with really nice, fun, competent companions. The Fresno Cycling Club will enable you to follow your compulsion for great cycling, unique routes and increasing mileage to test your endurance.
The Fresno Cycling Club is hosting several brevet events in 2017 and the organizer could use your help. The Fresno Cycling Club prides itself on rider support - even with events that are essentially self-supported. We want our riders to have the best experience and often these rides are in beautiful but remote places. We would like to know if your spouse, or your friends would like to participate as support staff while you ride... or if you are not riding, would you like to volunteer to help?
Volunteers are usually in short supply and with longer, and extremely remote routes, we welcome extra help for these events. You can earn free entry to a brevet event if you bring a volunteer to help. Or ride a volunteer's ride for free and volunteer on the day of the event. Your help is greatly needed and appreciated to make these events fun and successful for everyone.
If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please contact Lori Cherry at (559) 906-1491.