Randonneuring is long-distance unsupported endurance cycling. This style of riding is non-competitive in nature, and self-sufficiency is paramount. When riders participate in randonneuring events, they are part of a long tradition that goes back to the beginning of the sport of cycling in France and Italy. Friendly camaraderie, not competition, is the hallmark of randonneuring.
Alabama Randonneurs will host several rides officially in 2017 and provide links to other rides in the region. Distances for official rides begin at 200KM. You need not be a racehorse to finish them, but you must ride steadily and be comfortable on your bike.
Everyone finishing the ride within the time limit is accorded the same award and respect. Nothing is gained by doing the ride faster than the other riders. There is a minimum average speed as well as a maximum average speed, roughly 9.5 mph to 18 mph.
A randonneuring event is called a randonnée or brevet, and a rider who has completed a 200 km event is called a randonneur. Shorter events, 100km-150km, are called Populaires.
2017 ALABAMA BACKROADS CENTURY SERIES
The 2017 Alabama Backroads Century Series consists of 13 independent bicycle rides from April 1, 2017 thru November 11, 2017.
This year’s rides cover the entire State of Alabama, from Elkmont near our Northern Border, to the Florida Panhandle. These rides typically include several route choices from 10–125 miles.
The Alabama Backroads Century Series promotes the growth and development of long-distance cycling in Alabama, encouraging participation in established Alabama century (100-mile) rides, recognizing and rewarding individuals for their accomplishments, and benefiting the charities and advocacy efforts supported by each of these events.