Randonneuring - unsupported, timed, long-distance cycling - is a wonderful way to explore the world around you! Beyond the obvious physical requirements of riding for over 24 hours, these rides are also a test of the mind. (and sometimes stomach!)
See RUSA's site to get signed up with them.
Rides ranging from 200km (124 mi) up to 600km (372 mi), and 1200km.
Seattle rando links
- Seattle Randonneurs - local group riding under the auspices of RUSA & ACP. Also known as "SIR"
- SIR's rider expectations - what is expected/required of all randos
- Local Passes w/ webcams - Yes, you can cycle over all of these mountain passes! (during the Summer of course)
General Rando links & blogs
- Bicycle Quarterly - Jan Heine's publication covering the latest (and sometimes classic) rando gear
- Daily Randonneur - East Coast rando blog
- Mark's Rando Notes - Mark Thomas, ex-pres of RUSA, prez of SiR, accomplished rando
- Google Randon Group - listserv for all things rando
- Official PBP site - official PBP page
- PBP on Wikipedia - good general info/history
- RUSA's PBP page
- Jan Heine's "The View From the Front" - article from Bicycle Quarterly about Jan's experience as the fastest North American at PBP in 2007. Pelotons, attacks, getting dropped - but it's not a race!
- RAMROD - Ride Around Mt. Rainier in One Day. You gotta do this ride at least once... but you don't have to ride to it. (155 miles)
- Cannonball - Seattle to Spokane, via I-90/Snoqualmie Pass (seriously!) (275 miles)
- S2S - Seattle to Spokane via Highway 2 (Stevens Pass) (275 miles)
- STP - Seattle to Portland. Do it in one day or two, but this supported 204-miler is a Seattle classic!
- High Pass Challenge - From Packwood, WA up to Windy Ridge and back (114 miles)
- Race Across Oregon (RAO) - the name says it all
- Ultra Cycling - (UMCA) organization for long-distance racing. Good LD training info.
- Race Across America (RAAM) - one of the few rides that blows any brevet out of the water. 3000+ miles of racing!