How do you explain to someone why they should ride a long distance on a bicycle, through the night, through the wind, through the sun, through the cold, through the rain, through whatever conditions fickle fate decides to throw at you? [Puddle]
What is a Super Randonnée?
Super Randonnées are mountainous Permanents of 600 km (373 miles) with over 10.000 m (32.800 ft) 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 a basis of 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.
Tourist or Randonneur, you must love to climb and have a taste for effort.
Choose the Tourist option if you want to enjoy the scenery without a time limit and night riding
How hard can it be?
See this ride report for one answer: “Big Savage” Super 600k ride report
Kiwi Randonneurs have an interesting page showing local and world-wide results for randonnees.
Damon Peacock has recorded some insights into Audax (Randonneuring)
LEL starts on Sunday 30 July 2017
Entries have closed – the demand has been enormous.
You could always volunteer to experience the event and get a guaranteed place in 2020.
The new route is 1433km long and has 11,128m of climbing. It is broadly similar to the route in 2013, starting in north east London and heading north through the east of England to the Humber Bridge before crossing the Pennines and almost reaching the west coast of England.
The route through Scotland remains a loop, heading north via Moffat and south via Innerleithen and Eskdalemuir.
However we’ve made a number of significant changes for 2017:
- Between Brampton and Moffat, there is a choice of route. During the day we recommend a shorter, hillier route via Borland. During the night there is the option of using the 2013 route, which provides easy navigation along wide, flat roads.
- The approach to Edinburgh now uses a cycle path for the final 6km, crossing the beautiful Poulton Beck valley just before you arrive at the control.
- In Lincolnshire there are new controls at Spalding and Louth. The route around Louth passes through the gentle hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds, arguably Britain’s best kept secret.
- From St Ives to Great Easton, the route now passes through the centre of Cambridge, one of the prettiest cities in Britain, using a 15km, high class cycle track.
- The route to and from Great Easton has been changed completely to minimise the number of hills you have to climb.
Full details here:
‘Euraudax’ Paris-Brest-Paris has formal groups riding at fixed speeds, whereas Randonneurs ride at their own speed and aren’t bound to eat the meals provided by the organisation.
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?
Damon is always entertaining and his videos capture the essence of Paris-Brest-Paris:
“The typical PBP rider is a 52 year old man. I’m one of those and I can tell you that life isn’t usually a lot of fun for us. I watched a BBC4 documentary about postcards and the people who collect them recently. That’s the sort of thing that 52 year old men do, watch BBC4 and collect postcards. Pipes and slippers have gone out of fashion of late, but we are the people of the shed, tinkering in comfy obscurity, and meeting our chums for a weekly pint of foaming real ale in the local pub.” Continue reading “Damon Peacock on PBP”
Andrew’s saga of a very cold event: