This is what you receive for all your effort. A pin. A highly coveted pin. Six or more hours on the road, countless hours of training and what do you get in return? A pin. And, of course the satisfaction of completing a magnificent ride with people of like mind. There are no t-shirts, water bottles or cycling jerseys given away. There are no winners and, no losers. There are no podium presentations, no yellow jersey to slip on and no media coverage. Finishing is reward enough.
Randonneuring is a long-distance cycling sport with its origins in audax cycling where riders complete 200+ km courses, passing through control points strategically located along the route. Every year, the BC Randonneuring Cycling Club organizes the Pacific Populaire (100 km) and Canada Day Populaire (147 km), in an attempt to grow the sport in the province. Throughout the year, they also schedule a number of regular audax events of various lengths – 200, 300, 400, 600 and 1,000 km.
I have yet to attempt a longer event but am considering one later in the year. In September there is a 200 km ride called the “Fall Flatlander”. If I can complete 147 km in the heat, I think I can finish 200 km in the cooler fall weather.
I am recruiting team members now. Interested?