San Diego Randonneurs


BRM 100th Anniversary Ride with PCH Randonneurs09-11-2021 00:00None Registered

09-10-2021 11:59
09-10-2021 12:00
ACP 200
Sunrise at 6:30:28 AM Sunset at 6:59:28 PM

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Laguna Niguel Sports Park
28051 La Paz Rd
Laguna Niguel, California 92677

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Come join PCH and San Diego Randonneurs for a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the first allure libre 200k brevet.  If COVID conditions permit, we will have a celebratory picnic in the park at the end of the ride.  This day is a big deal for the ACP- they plan to have special commemorative medals for all randonneurs who ride a 200k on this day. To register for this ride, please click on this link to PCH Randonneurs' ride registration page: BRM 100th Anniversary Ride

Here is some history from Bill Bryant:   A little background-- The Audax Club Parisien was founded in November of 1904 to participate in the new "audax" 200k endurance rides that were starting to take place. "Audax" signified always riding in a group at about 16-18 kph with a road captain who kept the group together the entire time, and from going too fast. The rides often lasted from dawn to dusk and were fairly popular around the Paris region. Upon a successful completion of the ride, participants were awarded a certificate or diploma (brevet in French) for their athletic feat-- no small thing in a time of dirt roads and cobblestones and fairly primitive bicycles and cycling clothes and equipment

Over time some of the riders began to itch to go faster than the steady audax pace, others wanted to also include audax hiking activities with the group cycling, while others wanted the club to remain true to its audax group cycling format. Club meetings became pretty heated affairs and in the summer of 1921 it all exploded. A majority of the ACP members voted to start doing "allure libre" or free-pace brevets that allowed riders to choose their own pace so long as they stayed inside the minimum and maximum speeds, and they could ride alone or in a group-- the same as we do today. The audax cyclists angrily decamped and formed their own organization, as did the hiking contingent.

So, there was no more "audax" in the Audax Club Parisien. On Sunday, September 11, 1921 the ACP held its first free-pace brevet of 200 km. The route was a big loop that went west and south of Paris to Dreux, Chartres, and then back to Paris. Twenty-six randonneurs and randonneuses completed the ride, arriving at intervals back in Paris. Brevet #1 was issued that day, starting a continuous string of numbered brevets that we still earn today. The free-pace randonneuring begun that day eventually spread through France in the 1920s and -30s, around the globe starting in the 1970s, and here we are in the 21st century, still out earning our diplomas while choosing to ride our own pace and how many people we want to ride with. This is the formula of the Brevets de Randonneurs Mondiaux, or BRM that you see on the front of brevet cards sanctioned by the ACP.

Route- TBA.  It will probably include Santiago Canyon and lots of coastal Orange County riding.

To register, click on the link to register on PCH Randonneurs' website: BRM 100th Anniversary Ride

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