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Diary of a Randonneur

Post by composite » Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:41 pm

I've decided to go big on randonneuring, as I'm really enjoying the format and for some reason riding on the road. The season starts in October a there are a bunch of awards I'm aiming for. I'll post up the goals in due course, however, one is the round the year award, so I'm doing my own BAM challenge: Brevet A Month. From October I'm going to document what I'm getting up to with vlogs but between now and then I'll be blogging my excursions. I'll post up the entries in this thread instead of making new ones and build up a diary of a randonneur.

I'll also keep a running total of how the goals are fairing in this post.

Goal Progress

Super Randonneur
Do a 200km, 300km, 400km and 600km in a single season (Oct - Sept.) Add a 1000km for Super Randonneur 2500.
  • 200km - Autumn South Salopian
  • 300km -
  • 400km -
  • 600km -
  • 1000km -

Randonneur 5,000
Do 5000km in a single season, rides must be 200km or larger.

Running total - 207km


Randonneur Round the Year
Do at least a 200km for 12 consecutive calendar months (can cross seasons)


Current streak - 4 months
  • July - The Kidderminster Killer
  • August - Mildenhall Cycling Festival Randonee 200
  • September - Brum200: X-Rated
  • October - Autumn South Salopian
  • November -
  • December -
  • January -
  • February -
  • March -
  • April -
  • May -
  • June -
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Re: Diary of a Randonneur

Post by composite » Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:45 pm

Brevet 1

The Kidderminster Killer (214km)- https://www.composite-projects.co.uk/20 ... ler-214km/

Picture of me looking like a right jummy.
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Post by composite » Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:54 pm

Brevet 2

Mildenhall Cycling Festival Randonee 200 (202km) - https://www.composite-projects.co.uk/20 ... donee-200/

A bacon sandwich.
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The beautiful Suffolk country side.
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Post by Taylor » Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:39 am

:-bd

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Re: Diary of a Randonneur

Post by ton » Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:26 pm

cracking idea. I love a good audax.
done a lot over the years, and as I get older I think that would be my way forward again.
a good audax bike that will get used rather than a good mtb that wont get used.

I will keep a eye on your progress.

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Re: Diary of a Randonneur

Post by Charliecres » Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:24 am

I’ll be watching. I’m definitely audax-curious :ugeek:

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Post by composite » Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:58 pm

Brevet 3

Brum200: X-Rated Randonee (255km) - https://www.composite-projects.co.uk/20 ... -randonee/

Gathering for the start
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Re: Diary of a Randonneur - Goals now listed

Post by In Reverse » Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:51 am

Enjoyed the write-ups Neil.

Decent pace on those ride too! :-bd

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Re: Diary of a Randonneur - Goals now listed

Post by Chew » Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:32 pm

If you ECE the route then you'd be able to claim the additional mileage from home to the start of the event, as 5000k in a year is a lot.

Putting some faster tyres on will help you alot.

If you're doing a 200 easily then the step-up to a 300 isnt too big.
Its similar, just a bigger day out.

Getting to a 400, is another matter (personally think a 600 is easier)
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Re: Diary of a Randonneur - Goals now listed

Post by jamiep » Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:20 pm

Phew. Aiming for a randonneur 5000 in your first full year doing these does seem ambitious.

Doing the sums, I think that doing 300, 400, 600, 1000 and ECEing all of the remaining eight 200s to instead be 300 will get the standard Randonneur and RRTY .... but you'd STILL be 100 shy of 5000. Sounds tough. In order to do less than at least a 300 every month, you'd need to be doing multiple 600 or 1000.

This is my first audax season. I've done up to 600 and I am on track for RRTY. Next year I intend to repeat that but also add 1000 or maybe 1400. But I think that would be about my limit

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Re: Diary of a Randonneur - Goals now listed

Post by Dyffers » Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:18 pm

50+ points isn't too arduous if you have lots of weekends free; a 200 a month gets you half way there, a 300/400/600 for a SR series gets you another 13 points, then you're fit enough to enjoy a 1000+ so why not :wink:

Nowadays I find I get the bug to smash a few audaxes out between February and May, get an SR done then get bored and do other things in the summer (PBP this year notwithstanding). I also tend to travel for 400+ rides as I've done enough laps of my local roads in the South West, Wales the usual destination as a) it isn't too far away from me b) has much less traffic and c) has some proper scenery.

Best of luck with it all, and maybe see you on the Brizzle 300 in November (the worst start time and wrong time of year to try your first 300! :lol: )

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Re: Diary of a Randonneur - Goals now listed

Post by Chew » Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:01 pm

Dyffers wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:18 pm
I also tend to travel for 400+ rides as I've done enough laps of my local roads in the South West, Wales the usual destination as a) it isn't too far away from me b) has much less traffic and c) has some proper scenery
Come up and do the Old 240 :-bd
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Re: Diary of a Randonneur - Goals now listed

Post by Dyffers » Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:21 pm

Chew wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:01 pm
Come up and do the Old 240 :-bd
Would love to! Come down and do the Wessex series :-bd

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Re: Diary of a Randonneur - Goals now listed

Post by slarge » Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:53 pm

Excellent stuff Neil, You've piqued my interest in these, just wondering about the night ride in November...... Should be interesting!

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Post by composite » Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:27 pm

Chew wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:32 pm
If you ECE the route then you'd be able to claim the additional mileage from home to the start of the event, as 5000k in a year is a lot.
For this one specifically it won't count as this is the end of the previous season, but point taken. I'll remember that for any future ones.
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Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:20 pm
Phew. Aiming for a randonneur 5000 in your first full year doing these does seem ambitious.
Yeah this is the target that I felt was the properly challenging one. One ride a month for RRtY seems fairly sensible, and Super Randonnuerr is only 4 rides in a year and with aiming to do the Audax LEJOG next year I thought that the 2500 version would sort of get done on its own. 5000km in a season felt like the genuinely hard one though and for me thats the point. I wanted something that would really challenge me. I'm under no illusion that it's ambitious and I might fail to do it.
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Best of luck with it all, and maybe see you on the Brizzle 300 in November (the worst start time and wrong time of year to try your first 300! :lol: )
Yeah, I thought it would be a bit of a comedy one to have a go at. :lol: In terms of the 300km thats only 45km more than I did last weekend and I have done much longer rides in terms of duration so I think it will be fine, challenging but fine. I also like night riding so it appealed. :-bd

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Post by composite » Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:58 pm

slarge wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:53 pm
Excellent stuff Neil, You've piqued my interest in these, just wondering about the night ride in November...... Should be interesting!
The event is the Moonrakers & Sunseekers https://www.audax.uk/event-details?eventId=7570 If you fancy it I would love some company tbh! :-bd
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Best of luck with it all, and maybe see you on the Brizzle 300 in November (the worst start time and wrong time of year to try your first 300! :lol: )
If you are doing it Dyffers, and want the company then I would happy to ride with someone else. :)

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Post by jamiep » Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:58 pm

Have you signed up for LEJOG yet? I am have a hard think about it and keep going back to its thread on YACF. Start and finish logistics are putting me off though

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Post by composite » Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:18 am

jamiep wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:58 pm
Have you signed up for LEJOG yet? I am have a hard think about it and keep going back to its thread on YACF. Start and finish logistics are putting me off though
No not yet, I suppose I was waiting for next pay day as I have signed up for quite a lot this month.

My girl friends parents live in Devon so we (AKA I...) was planning to stay at theirs and then drive down to Turo the day before and doing a travel lodge, with my mrs dropping me off in the morning for the start.

For the end I was planing on taking some time to tour it back to Birmingham, maybe 4-5 days.. ish. I might even get a ferry to some of the islands... maybe.

Where are you based? If you need a lift to start we could look at possibly working something out?

EDIT: hmmmm OK not that I wouldn't be into helping out a fellow boner but just thought if I don't have a van by then (T5 is in the plan) then actually I would only have 2 seats on the car... I have all the good intentions in the world but it's certainly possible I won't actually be able to follow through on that. :???: :oops:

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Re: Diary of a Randonneur

Post by ZeroDarkBivi » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:10 pm

I find the rules and points system of Audax incredibly confusing.

How is randonee different?

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Re: Diary of a Randonneur

Post by darbeze » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:42 pm

Sounds interesting. There is a night event round these parts called the Dartmoor devil (or ghost)I have been thinking of having a go at for some years...

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Re: Diary of a Randonneur

Post by PaulB2 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:04 pm

ZeroDarkBivi wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:10 pm
I find the rules and points system of Audax incredibly confusing.

How is randonee different?
Wikepedia has the answer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audax_(cycling)

TL;DR: In most countries the terms are used interchangeably to mean Randonneuring. In some countries they differentiate between a group paced ride (Audax) and riding individually at your own pace (Randonneuring).

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Re: Diary of a Randonneur

Post by PaulB » Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:40 am

Excellent Composite. A big challenge and inspiring, your giving me some confidence to get out there and give it a go. I am happy to do 250 plus km on the mtb but that as an audax is making me nervous, bloody strange chimp.

Good luck and look forward to reading more.
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