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A long-distance ride, usually with a designated route and checkpoint stops

Example usage: 'I'm doing a randonnee this weekend across the Cascades.'

Most used in: North America and Europe

Most used by: recreational and competitive cyclists

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Gran Fondo, Audax, Brevet, Randonneuring,


What is Randonnee Cycling?

Randonnee cycling, also known as brevet cycling, is a form of long-distance cycling that involves completing a course within a set amount of time. The routes are typically between 200 and 1,200 kilometres (124-746 miles) and riders must complete the course within a pre-determined time limit. The goal is to finish the course within the allocated time frame, rather than to race against other riders.

Randonnee cycling requires a great deal of preparation and planning as riders must be self-sufficient during the ride. Riders must be well-equipped with the necessary supplies and equipment, such as spare tubes, tools, and a pump. They must also plan their route in advance and be aware of any potential hazards or changes in terrain.

Randonnee cycling has become increasingly popular in recent years. According to a survey conducted by the Audax Club Parisien, there were more than 5,000 registered randonnee cyclists in France in 2017. The number of participants has steadily risen over the years, with a growth rate of around 10% annually.

Randonnee cycling is an excellent way to challenge yourself and explore the countryside. It is a great way to stay fit and healthy, while also having an enjoyable and rewarding experience.


The Origin of the Term 'Randonnee' in Cycling

The term 'randonnee' is used to describe a long-distance, self-supported bicycle ride. It is derived from the French verb 'randonner', which means 'to roam' or 'to wander'. The term was first used in France in the late 19th century to describe long-distance cycling trips.

The first documented use of the term was in 1891, when a French cycling magazine called Le Cycliste organized a cycling event called 'La Randonnee de Paris a Rouen' (the Paris-Rouen ride). This event was a 166-kilometer (103-mile) ride from Paris to Rouen, and it is considered to be the first organized long-distance bicycle ride.

Since then, the term 'randonnee' has been used to describe any long-distance, self-supported bicycle ride. It is now used around the world to refer to organized cycling events, long-distance tours, and other types of long-distance cycling adventures.

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