Randonneuring is is a long-distance cycling sport with its origins in audax cycling.
Randonneuring is known as Audax in the UK, Australia and Brazil and some other countries.
These days there are two forms of Audax cycling:
In audax/randonneuring, riders attempt courses of 200 km or more, passing through predetermined “controls” (checkpoints) every few tens of kilometers.
Randonneuring is non-competitive, and does not have special trophies for those who ride the most kilometers or who climb the most hills.
Nor are there categories for age, gender, type of machine, etc.
Awards are earned by the course within a specified time limit, and all finishers receive equal recognition regardless of their finishing order.
Participation and determination are the two essential things needed to earn randonneuring honors.
Riders may travel in groups or alone as they wish, and are expected to be self-sufficient between controls.
Picture it: You’re biking along a winding country road, 30 miles from the nearest town.
The air is cool, there’s a slight wind, maybe a gentle mist.
It’s three o’clock in the morning.
You’ve been awake for 23 hours.
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A randonneuring event is called a randonée, brevet or sometimes by the more general term cyclosportive, and a rider who has completed a 200 km event is called a randonneur.
PBP is the highlight of the international randonneuring calendar.