About NER: The New England Randonneurs, Inc. was incorporated on February 19th, 2009 to organize and promote Randonneuring in New England. We manage the Boston Brevet Series — one of the longest running brevet series in the United States. We’re an officially recognized organization of Randonneurs USA and Audux Club Parisien, the national and international sanctioning bodies for Randonneuring. We are a not-for-profit, all volunteer organization.
About Randonneuring: In short, Randonneuring is a noncompetitive, timed, endurance cycling sport. Riders depart together along predetermined routes that are generally 200 kilometers or longer. In order to ensure that riders follow the route precisely, checkpoints are established every 40-75 miles where riders must get a card signed, proving that they reached that point within a certain amount of time. Rides 200k and longer are called Brevets — a Brevet Series consists of four rides of 200k, 300k, 400k, and 600k lengths. Once a full series has been completed, riders are eligible to participate in longer events, with the pinnacle event being Paris-Brest-Paris, a 1200k Grande Randonnee held along the same historic route every four years in France.
Randonneuring isn’t racing nor cyclotouring. Unlike cyclotouring, riders are expected to maintain a minimum pace throughout the entire duration of the event. (Generally 15kph or faster.) Unlike racing, there is no distinction for finishing a route before others — all riders finishing within the time limit are honored equally. While some riders race against the clock for a “personal best” many prefer to just enjoy the ride with friends.
Presented by Jake Kassen, Regional Brevet Administrator and President New England Randoneurs
When: Saturday, February 24th
Where: Belmont Wheelworks, 480 Trapelo Road, Belmont MA
Cost: Free and Open to ALL!
Light Refreshments will be served