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Types of Rides with Great Lakes Randonneurs

Great Lakes Randonneurs specializes in endurance cycling - 50 miles and up guided by our club principles of Camaraderie and Perseverance.

There are many different rides that express those principles.  The sport of randonneuring originally emerged in the late 19th century as demonstration of the bicycle as a form of travel.  The word “randonnée” roughly translates as "ramble", meaning an exploration of the countryside.  The club does not race and we value our ability to support each other on the road above support from elsewhere; the enjoyment of the time we have on the road binds us together.

We have several different types of rides affiliated with different organizations.  GLR BrevetsRUSA/ACP Brevets, Imperials and Gravel Rides.

Brevets

The word “brevet” means certificate in French.  The term applies to any ride that is certified either by us or another organization such as RUSA.  The specific rules for those organizations differ, the ride and the challenge do not.

The common goals of all brevets are as follows:

  1. We ride a certain distance with a personalized clock on a specific route.
  2. We have the freedom to ride as slow or as quickly as we like within a certain (very generous) time limit.
  3. We prefer the support of our fellow riders to ride from outside.  This is part of the camaraderie that we share as we travel.
  4. We are safe, courteous, and respectful to those around us, riders, volunteers and onlookers.

GLR Brevets (affiliated with North America Cycle Sports - NACS)

NOTE: Due to the situation with COVID-19 and social distancing, GLR Brevets will be the preferred format in 2020 so as to provide the safest and most flexible options for riders.   

GLR Brevets may be ridden by :

  1. Members of GLR
  2. Guests of GLR (anyone who is not a member)

During 2020, $5 of the ride fee for GLR Brevets will be donated to the homeless as a representation of our commitment to our community and our core value of Camaraderie.

Rides certified by GLR are based on the following:

  • All riders must adhere to the rules of the road (legal and otherwise)
  • All riders abide by GLR’s code of coduct
  • Credit for the ride can be partial - we honor everyone’s best efforts by recording them
  • Proof of passage of the route can be as follows:
    1. Via a GPS Track or Electronic Proof of Passage using our system
  • All riders must notify the organizer of their finish, either in person, by text, phone, or email, no matter when they finish
  • Rides are designed using GLR’s “Safest Route” Policy
  • GLR does not allow follow cars (due to safety concerns).  In 2020, we are allowing external support by HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS ONLY due to social distancing and COVID-19 - we would rather have your spouse meet you someplace along the route with fuel if that makes you more comfortable - please let the organizer know ahead of time if you plan to do this AND you may not have your family support someone else (that kind of defeat the whole social distancing thing).
  • GLR may stagger starts or implement "BYOS" (Bring Your Own Start) or vary the start point within a day to ensure proper social distancing in 2020 but you will always have the full amount of time to finish.

All distances by riders are recorded, regardless of whether the distance was completed.  All GLR Brevets provide a SAG service to riders and follow the “Safe Route” policy (see below).

Awards are based on completing the ride at or above an average pace of around 9.9 miles per hour or as dictated in the ride description and are FREE to those completing the ride.

ACP Brevets, RUSA Brevets and RUSA Populaires (Affiliated with RUSA)

RUSA/ACP Brevets may be ridden by :

  1. Members of RUSA - this is a RUSA requirement driven by insurance.  RUSA membership is $30 per year.

Rides certified by RUSA are based on the following:

  • All riders must adhere to the rules of the road (legal and otherwise).
  • All riders must adhere to RUSA’s 17 articles
  • Credit for the ride is pass/fail (no partial) based on completing in the specified time
  • Proof of passage is ONLY by
    1. Receipts gathered at specified points (controls) on the route (normally mini-mart)
    2. Answering questions handed out about specified points on the route
  • Routes are approved by RUSA using the “shortest legally ridable route between 2 points (controls)” policy
  • No external support is allowed unless a rider is a specified point (control)

Time limits for ACP Brevets (mandatory to be considered “finished”):

  • 200k/124 miles - 13.5 hours
  • 300k/186 miles - 20 hours
  • 400k/248 miles - 27 hours
  • 600k/373 miles - 40 hours

Distances are submitted to RUSA after the ride.  GLR members and guests will have mileage recorded separately in GLR’s system as well.  No GLR medals are given for RUSA rides.  Riders must apply for medals via RUSA and pay for them - they are available only for ACP type brevets.

Other Rides

Gravel Rides (affiliated with North America Cycle Sports - NACS)

Gravel Rides may be ridden by:

  1. Members of GLR
  2. Guests of GLR (you may ride without a membership)

During 2020, $5 of the ride fee from each rider will be donated to the homeless as a representation of our commitment to our community.

Gravel rides do not have certification since they are not brevets but adhere to the following:

  1. All riders must adhere to the rules of the road (legal and otherwise).
  2. All riders abide by our code of conduct
  3. No proof of passage is required

All distances by riders are recorded, regardless of whether the distance was completed. Gravel rides are for fun and enjoyment of the territory and do not have a clock.  GLR gravel rides provide a SAG service to riders and follows the “Safest Route” policy .

Rides in our Club

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GLR Membership included for guest registrations
  • Sat 03 Oct
    Barrington Cow 400k Jewel/Osco Barrington Hills - Barrington
    05:00
    Club Brevet
    Members: $10.00
    Guests: $10.00
    Mixed
    4 registered




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