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A long distance ride, typically over 100 miles in length.

Example usage: 'I'm planning to do a permanent this weekend.'

Most used in: Long distance cycling events and races in the United Kingdom.

Most used by: Competitive cyclists and long-distance cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Fixed-gear, Single-speed, Stationary, Time-trial,


What is a Permanent in Cycling?

A permanent is a type of cycling event where individuals or teams of riders ride a pre-determined route of a set distance, usually within a day. The route is usually published in advance and riders must follow the route exactly. The aim is to finish the route as quickly as possible.

Permanents can also be referred to as Audaxes or Randonnees. Audaxes are usually longer than Randonnees, usually over 200km, and are often completed in one day. Randonnees are usually shorter, typically 100-200km, and can be completed in one or two days.

Permanents are popular amongst cyclists and are a great way to explore the countryside. In 2018, there were over 2,000 permanent events in the UK alone, with over 15,000 participants.

Permanents can be a great way to challenge yourself and test your endurance and stamina. They are a great way to explore the countryside and take in some of the most beautiful scenery around.


The Origin of the Term 'Permanent' in Cycling

The term 'permanent' was first used in the context of cycling during the late 19th century in England. It was initially used to describe a bicycle ride that was intended to be a long-distance adventure, usually over a period of several days.

The term was coined by the English cycling journalist and author, William Fotheringham. In his book ‘Rides Around Britain’, published in 1888, Fotheringham wrote: 'By permanent is meant a ride of several days' duration, in which the cyclist carries his own tent and provisions and sleeps out of doors'.

The term 'permanent' was soon adopted by the cycling community and used to describe any long-distance ride, from a few days to several weeks. By the early 20th century, the term had become a standard part of the cycling vernacular.

Today, the term 'permanent' is still used to describe any long-distance cycling ride, and is a popular activity among cyclists around the world. It is a great way to explore new places and challenge yourself.

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