Gainesville Cycling Club Brevet Series
Enjoy the Challenge of Longer Rides!
2008 Event Schedule
Enter your name into the Great
Book beside Charles Terront,
PBP's first finisher.
Note: The maps and cue
sheets are tentative or represent previous year's routes. This
year some routes may be shuffled (e.g., the 200K loop of last year's
600K may become this year's 200K) or ridden in the opposite
direction. The 600K may be extended to an out-and-back course to
more closely approximate the conditions found in a 1200K ride.
Final cue sheets won't be available until the Tuesday before the
Hard copy will be provided at check in, but presbyopic cyclists may
want to print an enlarged version. Rumor has it the latest AcrobatReader
has this capability.
Brevets are longer, self-paced
rides ridden by randonneurs (tr:
sequence of four brevets of increasing distance qualifies the rider to
enter Paris-Brest-Paris, the
oldest bicycling event on earth. In years when PBP is not held,
various surrogates (e.g., Boston-Montreal-Boston)
have similar qualification requirements. Although BMB won't be held in 2008,
there will be other
Brevets are not races; published results traditionally list the
finishers alphabetically and may not even include their times.
For example, you'll have to look toward the bottom of the BMB 2006
finisher list to find GCC's own Andrea "the Italian Stallion"
Tossolini, who was only the second cyclist ever to complete the
gruelling ride in less than 50 hours. Andrea was unable to
convince the officials to sort by first names!
However, there is a time limit. This limit includes the minutes spent
eating, fixing flats, and on the longer rides, sleeping. All but
the shortest brevet (200 km/125 miles) require some night riding,
and good lighting
is essential. Along the route, riders are required to
stop at controls to get an
stamp on their brevet cards.
Each control has its own time window within which the authentication
must occur to avoid disqualification. Riders should also
anticipate one or more secret
controls whose location will not be revealed in advance.
century rides which may feature rest stops every 20 miles or so,
brevets are unsagged and minimally supported. Controls are mostly
convenience stores, and riders who abandon will likely need to provide
their own transportation back to the start/finish.
Randonneurs are a hardy lot. These rides will take place rain or
shine, wind or cold, sleet or snow (although the last two
are extremely rare in Florida). The course is not
marked. Finding one's way is part of the fun. Getting lost
is sometimes part of the experience.
Each rider will be covered by the Gainesville Cycle Club's special
event liability coverage as required by RUSA rules. (This
coverage is secondary to any personal liability policy you may
provides very limited medical coverage. Today, a broken
bone can set you back $20,000. Please assess your own risk
tolerance.) Each rider must sign a waiver of
liability before the ride start.
Each rider must present their machine for bicycle inspection.
Lights should be affixed, correctly aimed
Inspections and rider check in will be held from 6 PM to 7:30 PM the
evening before the ride at the Rush Lake Motel (See below) or after the ride start
on the morning of the ride.
Randonneurs USA membership required before the ride
to use the brevet as a qualifier. RUSA rules apply. Most
are required. Membership in Gainesville
Cycling Club is not required,
but those who ride all four brevets will save a few dollars by joining.
Preregistration is not required, but riders
will not be able to register or have their bike inspected on the day of
the event until
preregistered riders have departed, and the control windows must
still be respected.
Print, complete, and submit a registration form
620 NW 27 Way
Gainesville, FL 32607
You can enter all the brevets on one form or submit a separate form for
each brevet. Please
preregister. If decide not to ride, just notify me before the
start, and your
registration fee will be cheerfully refunded. (Recalcitrants:
At least cut-'n'-paste the equivalent registration
information into an email, fill in the blanks and fire it off to me a day or two before the event.)
GCC members: Please take a $5 discount for each brevet.
Out of town riders: We have negotiated a discounted rate of
$44/night (+9.25% tax) at the Rush Lake Motel for the nights before
and after each ride start. Mention the Gainesville Cycling Club,
and make your reservations as soon as possible to receive this
rate. Phone (352) 373-5000 or (888) 787-4525. FAX (352)
Rush Lake is just south of the UF campus at 1410 SW 16 Ave near the
intersection of US441 and CR226: From I-75 Exit 384, go east on
Archer Rd/SR24 2.3 miles, bear right onto SW 16 Ave/CR 226, go 0.2
miles to Rush Lake on left (just before US441).