Randonneuring

The right time to quit

Randonnées can be tough, but riders who prepare well can usually finish within the time limit. We all have times when we are not feeling good and may be tempted to give up. Pushing through those periods makes the difference between success and a DNF. Ed Bernasky says about his PBP2019 ride: The decision to…

Randonneuring

Sleep on 600Ks and longer

Here’s John Hughes’ advice: Take a sleep break if you can – you’ll ride better the following day. Danny Chew used to take 3 hour sleep breaks on RAAM while his competitors were only taking short breaks or not stopping. As a result he was fast enough to win RAAM twice. . If your event…

Health | Randonneuring

Showstoppers

John Hughes has some interesting articles on his site. Recently he discussed physical ailments that can lead to a DNF (Did Not Finish). Of course most of these relate to riding upright bikes. Since I started riding recumbents in 2002 I have only ever experienced the last two conditions. Cramping has rarely bothered me, especially since…

Paris-Brest-Paris | Randonneuring

PBP tips from an Ancien

What do you want to know about PBP? Eric (the campyonlyguy) has helpfully created a series of videos based on his experiences. Is it worth it? How tough is it? Time Picking a start time Fix it now! Weather Making a plan Hands and arms Lodging for you and your bike Relax! Food Getting Yourself and…

Clothing | Randonneuring | Rides

What to Wear in Various Weather

Do you have trouble deciding what to wear when the weather is uncertain? The pain of late autumn/fall cycling comes from not knowing what to wear on any given ride in the fluctuating colder weather. John Yoder found that David Ertl’s guidelines for what you might wear across a range of temperatures was a great…