International Randonneur Awards

ACP Brevet Medals Finish an ACP-sanctioned brevet of:

  • 200,
  • 300,
  • 400,
  • 600 or 1000km.

Application period: year round.
May sell out in PBP years.

ACP Super Randonneur Complete one of each of these ACP-sanctioned brevets:

  • 200
  • 300
  • 400
  • 600km

during a single season.

Application period: year-round.

In a PBP year, the newly redesigned Super Randonneur Medal is traditionally distributed to riders at PBP.

If you are going to PBP, you will receive your SR medal at rider check in.

If you are not going to PBP, you can apply for your SR award and order a medal after PBP.

International Super Randonneur Complete a Super Randonneur series with each ride in a different country, over any period of time [details].

Apply to Audax UK.
Application period: year-round.

Super Randonnée 600 Super Randonnées are mountainous Permanents of 600 km  with over 10.000 m of elevation gain.

Riders have the option of riding a Super Randonnée either as a Randonneur or as a Tourist.

Randonneurs have a 50 hour time limit for 10,000 m of elevation gain.
The time limit is extended for randonnées with higher elevation gain.

The requirement for Tourists is to complete the route with consecutive daily minimum riding distances of at least 80 km on average.

Super Randonnées are very demanding rides.
You will have to be well trained for climbing, familiar with often unpredicable conditions in the mountains, and self-sufficient on long distances.

Details

If you want to ride a Super Randonnée (SR) outside France, you must register with the SR organizer.
See the SR list

Randonneurs Mondiaux 1200km Medal Finish a 1200km or longer RM-sanctioned randonnée.
Application period: year round.
ACP Randonneur 5000 To qualify for this award, the randonneur must complete:

  • a full series of ACP brevets (200, 300, 400, 600, and 1000km)
    [longer brevets cannot be substituted for shorter ones];
  • a Paris-Brest-Paris randonnée;
  • a Flèche Vélocio, or other ACP-sanctioned flèche (your team of at least three bicycles must finish officially); and
  • additional ACP and/or RM events to bring the total distance up to at least 5000 km.

Some additional French events can also be used as qualifying rides.
See the ACP rules for details.

The qualifying events must be completed within a four-year period, beginning on the date of the first qualifying event.

In normal years, Randonneur 5000 applications are accepted from 1 June to 15 September.

Details

ACP Randonneur 10000 Complete at least 10000km of brevets including:

  • a Paris-Brest-Paris,
  • another 1200k,
  • two full ACP series of 200, 300, 400, 600, and 1000 km brevets,
  • a Flèche team event, and
  • a Super Randonnee 600 within a six-year period.

See the ACP Randonneur 10000 Rules for details.
Application process and period:
Send your request form by email by October 15

Mark’s Plan for a 1200

Sage advice from Mark Thomas:

  • Try to maintain 20kph (including stops) during the day.
    This is easy to calculate, even when tired. 

  • Keep stops short enough to keep on that schedule.

  • 18 hours x 20kph = 360km or 24 hours of brevet time.
    That gives me 6 hours in 24 for rest.

    5 hours rest instead allows me to start with an hour in the bank.
  • Don’t panic if falling behind.
    I assume a shorter sleep break can fix time deficits..

  • Be cognizant of the 10 hours extra time on return.
    Forgetting this can induce unnecessary panic.

  • Ok to settle for 15kph (including stops) during days 3-4.
    Anything better than the 20kph/15kph is gravy. Stop for ice cream.

  • Did I mention this already?
    Don’t panic

Audax

Audax is a cycling sport in which participants attempt to cycle long distances within a pre-defined time limit.

Audax is a non-competitive sport: success in an event is measured by its completion.

Audax has its origins in Italian endurance sports of the late nineteenth century, and the rules were formalised in France in the early twentieth century.

In the present day, there are two forms of Audax: the original group-riding style, Euraudax, governed by Unions des Audax, and the free-paced (allure libre) style usually known as Randonneuring, governed by Audax Club Parisien.

The original form is mostly popular in France, but also in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

Randonneuring is popular in many countries including France, Great Britain, Singapore, Australia, Canada, the USA and China.

Lindsay Green’s P-B-P Comments

Advice on preparing for PBP from the doyen of Queensland Audax Club (Australia).

No doubt there will be plenty of pre-ride tips available, and they are all worthwhile taking on-board. At the risk of going into infom1ation overload, I offer these comments/tips for prospective entrants, in the hope that they will be of some help.

Obviously preparation is the No. 1 priority, both from a personal and logistics point of view.

On the personal side, and bearing in mind that different training techniques suit different people, depending on their strengths and weaknesses, it is nevertheless vitally important to accustom the body to prolonged periods on the bike, riding in differing conditions.

In no way am I asserting that that my training schedule was the ultimate preparation, but it worked for me! Continue reading “Lindsay Green’s P-B-P Comments”

Preparation for PBP

Jean-Gualbert Faburel (Vice President ACP):

“For a good preparation for PBP, we recommend building up to the event throughout the year.

The brevets should be done in order, just like the other stages toward Paris-Brest-Paris.

We understand that some are forced to do the qualifying brevets out of order or all at once, but they should continue training regularly afterward. It is important to ride well in July and into August, to avoid losing the benefit of the qualifying brevets. Continue reading “Preparation for PBP”