Randonneuring

The Davis Bike Club has been involved in randonneuring for decades and is steeped in the history of our sport and its growth in the United States. The DBC was the largest randonneuring club to take riders to Paris Brest Paris in the early 90’s and has been instrumental in supporting the growth of randonneuring nationwide.

The DBC Spring Brevet Series is designed to prepare riders for successively longer distance events. Our brevets are for cyclists experienced in riding 100+ mile events and those looking for longer distance challenges, perhaps even joining the ranks of those who have completed Paris-Brest-Paris or other “grand randonnées” of 1200km or longer. Paris Brest Paris was held during the third week in August 2019 and that means that now is the time to start working towards the “Great Dance” in 2023. Close to 7000 of your closest rando-pal’s from around the world will be making the trek to Brest and back. It is an amazing experience and if you have the interest to be at the start of PBP 2023, then we’ll do whatever we can to help you get there.

Every four or five years, the DBC hosts the 1200km Gold Rush Randonnée…one of the longest run 1200ks in the United States. Plans are already underway with a route change and a few surprises. If you’ve ridden GRR before, you may want to take another look as we are freshening up the route.  UPDATE: GRR was successfully held June 2-6, 2022. Read about the adventure here.

Davis will bringing GRAVEL events into our schedule. The RUSA Board unanimously agreed to create a gravel program, with extra time allotted for kilometers of gravel in a given event. Details are being worked out, but Davis will have a set of gravel events for 2022. The Super Bowl Populaire, which has been a fun gravel 100k is on the schedule for February. #Gravelicious!

Davis Randos will hold our Spring Brevet Series (a 200, 300, 400, and 600k brevet), but along with each of the longer rides, a 200k will be offered on the same day (see the line-up below). We think this will give riders options depending on their fitness and it helps us with volunteers and controls.

In addition to our Spring Brevet Series, we offer several randonneuring events in the fall and winter seasons.   The 3rd annual Vintage Populaire will be on tap this year once again.  Riders from across NorCal come out to enjoy each other’s machines from the Golden Age of steel while riding around our area.

We ask that all riders be very aware of their safety and the safety of others. See our guidelines for participating in DBC Randonneuring events. The RBA will hold riders to these requirements and a no tolerance mindset will be in place for those who are non-compliant. Sounds harsh, but the pandemic has certainly changed our thinking about how to safely hold rides of any length. Don’t hesitate to email any questions you might have to: rba@davisbikeclub.org

Here’s the line-up for 2022. Sign up here!

Jan 1 100/200k: First Chance
Feb. 13 Super Bowl Sunday Populaire
March 5 130k: IWD: International Women’s Day
March 19 200k: Davis -> Calistoga
March 19 130k: Round the Mountain
April 23 200k: Davis -> Auburn -> Cash Route
April 23 300k: New Route TBD
May 21 200k: Davis Calistoga
May 21-22 400k Lake Sonoma
June 1 -2 600k: Davis Quincy Davis
June 1-4 GOLD RUSH RANDONNEE 1000-1200k
Oct. 8 108k: Vintage Populaire
Oct 22 600k: ACP Grass Vista – NEW! 
Oct 22 200k: ACP Meadowvista 
Oct 23 300k: ACP D3 Davis, Dunnigan & the Delta
Newly ACP rides added for those trying to get an earlier time to register for PBP in 2023.

Ridewithgps for most of the rides can be found here. We are working on new routes, which we’ll update you when we have em. 

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DBC brevets can be used as qualifiers for 1200km events in the US and around the world. For more information about those rides, and the many brevets being run throughout Northern and Central California, RUSA (Randonneurs USA) has a Rides section that sorts dates, distances, and locations for other brevet series in the region. DBC brevets can also be used toward qualifying for a variety of RUSA awards. Awards can be earned in two ways by riding brevets. If the ride is marked ACP, then that ride is available for Audax Club Parisian and RUSA awards. If it says RUSA only, then it is only available for RUSA distance awards. In order to qualify for any awards, you must be a member of Randonneurs USA.

For any brevets (200k, 300k, 400k, and 600k), rider control/time stations are 30-65 miles apart.  You are expected to be self-sufficient on your bicycle. We expect all riders to be prepared for the weather and for riding in environs with rough roads and riding in the dark. All cyclists must have lights for rides during the early dawn and dusk/night rides. Helmets are required on all rides. Please refer to the RUSA rules for more information and review our rules for riding during the pandemic. Sag support for riders who DNF is minimal at best, so come prepared for all types of terrain and weather and be committed to finish.

Questions? Send em to the Regional Brevet Administrator (RBA), Debra Banks: rba@davisbikeclub.org.
We look forward to seeing you on one or more of our brevets this season.