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What the heck is a brevet?(5 posts)

What the heck is a brevet?hycobob
Mar 28, 2003 12:34 PM
I have no idea what you guys are talking about. It seems like they are simply long solo rides...right or wrong? I also hear about rules; whats up? Is this a geographically challenged thing against Texans?
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Mar 28, 2003 12:55 PM
ok..that makes sense...so what is.....GreenFan
Mar 28, 2003 2:01 PM
What's a normal finishing time for a 2,3,4,5, or 600k ride ? Also, I noticed that rides are "supported" does that mean that panniers aren't needed ? That all you have to have with you are "normal" ride basics (tubes, pump, bottles, gel, etc) ?
Nooo, nooo, nooo -- they're *un*supportedTrent in WA
Mar 28, 2003 11:08 PM
Most rides are pretty much unsupported. If the brevet includes manned controls, you might be able to cadge a spare tube and / or some eats there, and you're always free to stop along the way for food, drink, and other supplies, but the rides don't have "support" in the way that organized centuries typically do. On a really long ride (400+ km) you might be able to arrange a drop bag at a control. In general, you're not allowed to receive support except at a control. If something breaks between controls, you have to fix it or abandon the ride. Having said that, some folks do brevets--even long brevets--carrying a minimum of equipment, particularly in warm climates.

I don't know if there is a "normal" finishing time. You might want to look at the results pages from last year for the Seattle International Randonneurs and the BC Randonneurs. You'll see they run the gamut. My times have been getting slower over the past year as I've tried to concentrate on enjoying the ride and "riding within myself" as opposed to hammering along as hard as I can until I burn out and get depressed. (Having multiple flats on a ride will contribute to that as well, grrr.) It's fun. You should try it if you have the opportunity: most randonizers I've met are engaging, fun, kinda eccentric people who spend way too much time riding their bikes.

Trent,
who hopes to be engaging, fun, and kinda eccentric
hey if it doesn't fit in jersey pocket, why to carry it?cyclopathic
Mar 30, 2003 6:20 AM
even in adverse weather conditions you can get away w/o carrying much cloth. Arm/Leg warmers can be rolled up/down, vests work in wider temp conditions then jackets.