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 send riders to Paris Brest Paris in the early 90’s and has been instrumental in supporting the growth of randonneuring nationwide.

The DBC 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 is held the third week in August and that means that now is the time to start working towards the 2023 “Great Dance”. Up 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. GRR was successfully held June 2-6, 2022, after a complete overhaul of the event. Read about the adventure here.

Davis is bringing GRAVEL events into our event 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 2023. 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. Davis will also be hosting the NorCal FLECHE! This is an incredibly fun event where teams of riders spend a full day covering at least 225 miles (in a 24 hour period). The NorCAL Fleche will end in Sacramento at Cafe Dantorels. Ping the RBA with questions.

In addition, we’ll be partnering with our adjacent randonneuring regions: San Francisco and Santa Rosa to bring riders a BREVET WEEK!  Use it to get ready for Paris Brest Paris, or if you aren’t thinking about the “big Dance in France”, then this will surely give you a challenge. Here’s a quick breakdown: Starting in SF, ride a 300k to Davis. The next day, return to SF on a 200k, OR take on the Davis 600k. After that, take a day off for a rest and then Davis will host a 200k to Santa Rosa. Finally, Santa Rosa will host a 400k back to SF. That’s a total of over 1500 kilometers in one week’s time. Do a part, or the brevet weekend, or ALL! Details will be forthcoming as we nail them down.

We are offering several randonneuring events in the fall and winter seasons.  We will put on a double brevet weekend, riding to Cedar Grove at the bottom of Kings Canyon National Park from Fresno. We’ll camp-out in Cedar Grove and then ride back out on Sunday. Plus, the 4th 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 2023. Sign up here!

Jan. 1 100/200k: First Chance: Bella Bru (100k) and Auburn Xpress w/JCT (200k)
Feb. 12 GRAVEL: Super Bowl Sunday Populaire
March 5 130k: IWD: International Women’s Day
March 11 ACP 200k: Colusa Tease
March 11 130k: Round the Mountain/Cantelow Mix
April 1 ACP 200k/300k: Meadowvista (200k)/Grass Valley (300k)
April 7 ACP: FLECHE NORCAL
May 20 ACP 200k: Davis Calistoga
May 20-21 ACP 400k Lake Sonoma
June 11-12 ACP 600k: Grass Vista (NorCAL BREVET WEEK)
June 14 ACP 200k: Dav2SaRo (NorCAL BREVET WEEK)
July 15 ACP 300k: TBD. Last tune-up for PBP. Night start!
Sept 23-24 200k/200k: Double Brevet weekend. Ride to Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon NP, camp-out and ride back out on Sunday!
Oct 7 Vintage Populaire
Oct 21 100/200/300k: Moskowite Corners (100k), Real McCoy (200k), D3 Davis, Dunnigan & the Delta (300k)
Nov 11 130K: RTM/Cantelow Mix
Dec 31 100/200K: Last Chance
Other rides (gravel and otherwise) will be added as time permits!

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. See the tab at the bottom for 2023.

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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.