Randonneuring 2021

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 possibly a few surprises. If you’ve ridden GRR before, you may want to take another look as we are freshening up the route.  Gold Rush is on tap to run again in 2022 and plans are already underway.

We’ve made some changes this year. We are launching our season with a set of short distance rides to celebrate International Women’s Day. IWC is March 8th (a Monday), and we’ll be hosting a 50k and 100k on March 7th (Sunday).  Stay tuned for details.

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. This year, Davis will also hold a fleche – a 24 hour team ride of five machines (a tandem = 2 people) per team. ACP and RUSA have granted some changes to the fleche rules, allowing a tad more flexibility, due to the pandemic. The fleche is one of the best team events and if you haven’t participated in one, start now working with a group that is covid safe, so that you can join in.

In addition to our Spring Brevet Series, we offer several randonneuring events in the fall and winter seasons. Davis will hold a Dart 200k and an Arrow (120k) Populaire in September. These are shorter versions of the fleche (no sleeping required!). Gather a team of five, create a route, ride it, and enjoy a fine day with rando-pals. These shorter distances lend themself to excellent gravel and mixed terrain options. In 2019, we hosted the first annual Vintage Populaire with a great turnout. Riders from across NorCal came out to enjoy each other’s machines from the Golden Age of steel while riding around our area. We’ll be hosting the Vintage Populaire again in October. Finally, our Last Chance, First Chance 100/200k rides on December 31st and January 1st, 2022, will run again. We missed holding these due to the pandemic in 2020.

We’ve already lost a few of the rides that were slated for 2021. The Super Bowl Populaire, which has been a fun gravel 100k, was cancelled due to rising covid concerns. We will be looking for some calendar openings where we can slot it in as well as a few other gravel offerings.

Given the pandemic, we are asking 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 shoot the RBA any questions you might have.

Here’s the line-up for 2021. Sign up here!

NEW addition to our ride calendar!

September 11, 2021. Ride the RUSA Centenary Ride celebrating 100 years of the Audax Club Parisien. Bring your vintage bike and ride Auburn Express with the Johnny Cash Trail, starting from the Mace Park n Ride. Hope to see you there. It’s going to be fun event celebrating our history in the sport of randonneuring.

3/6-8/21 International Women’s Day
3/20/21 200k: Davis Auburn – Cash
3/27-28, or 4/3-4, or 4/10-11/21 360k: FLECHE Team event
4/17/21 200k: Colusa Tease
4/17/21 300k: Davis Dunnigan & the Delta
5/1/21 200k: Davis Calistoga Davis
5/1/21 400k: Lake Sonoma
5/22/21 200k: Auburn Xpress with JCT
5/22/21 600k: Davis Quincy! Davis
9/11/22  Centenary 200k: Auburn Xpress with JCT
9/25/21 200k: DART Team event
9/25/21 120k: ARROW Team event
10/2/21 100k: D3 Moskowite Corner
10/2/21 200k: D3 Colusa
10/2/21 300k: D3 Davis, Dunnigan & the Delta
10/17/21 100k: Vintage Populaire
12/31/21 100k: Last Chance: Davis – Bella Bru
12/31/21 200k: Last Chance: Davis Auburn – Cash

Here are more details on the 2021 season.

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.