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Old 26th September 2016, 02:29   #3256
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Anyone has any experience participating in randonneuring? Or brevets?
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Yes. 2014 - India, 2015 - US.
There are several current/past randonneurs on the forum, @graja is one I know for sure.

Did you need any help?

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Yes. 2014 - India, 2015 - US.
There are several current/past randonneurs on the forum, @graja is one I know for sure.

Did you need any help?
I came to know about this only recently. The New England chapter has something called Sunday Series for the winters. I am planning to take part in the 100K brevet on 2nd October. Since this will be my first brevet, I am just curious about do's and don'ts for first timers like me.
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I came to know about this only recently. The New England chapter has something called Sunday Series for the winters. I am planning to take part in the 100K brevet on 2nd October. Since this will be my first brevet, I am just curious about do's and don'ts for first timers like me.
Great!

I remember you doing a long distance (50M+) ride on the hills a few months back, so a 100k shouldn't be tough.

On a side note, 100k is a populaire, not a brevet

Some of the below points are more relevant to the longer rides, than a 100km ride; but still matter.
  • All these rides are self-supported so carry enough fluids and identify places/shops where you can power up. Most chapters have a well documented list of such places so use that.
  • Have a puncture kit with you, and a spare tube. And the ability to change tires/tubes and correct minor problems on your own.
  • Go through the route in detail and plan out your pace, the elevation map and check-points. These are timed races with checkpoints having time limits. You miss one, and the race is over, even if you complete the entire route.
  • The norm is about 7 - 7.5 hours for every 100kms. Generally there is one or more checkpoint every 100kms. Indian brevets usually had one per 100 kms; mostly manned and with supplies. US brevets are mostly 2-3 checkpoints every 100 kms, mostly shops that have to sign/stamp your brevet card.
  • As goes with any ride, sleep well on the night prior. Very important.
  • Let a friend/family member know about the ride and the route in case of any worst-case scenarios. In my Wisconsin rides, there used to be certain segments where there wasn't a soul/vehicle seen for 10-15 miles, and with no/low mobile network. In addition to cards, carry cash and identification on you.
  • An ideal way to do these rides is to connect with a fellow rider and do it together - either riding together or with one of you waits & re-connect with the slower rider every 40-50 kms.
  • Most important - have fun! Brevets/populaires might be endurance 'races', but in reality they are not a race. Every finisher is a winner. The idea is to enjoy the ride. I generally finished my 200km rides in a leisurely manner in around 12.5-13 hours; with just 30-60 mins left.

Hope it helps!
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I came to know about this only recently. The New England chapter has something called Sunday Series for the winters. I am planning to take part in the 100K brevet on 2nd October. Since this will be my first brevet, I am just curious about do's and don'ts for first timers like me.
Ninja has listed almost all the details to take care of on long rides. Also follow the hydration and nutrition I had listed a couple of pages back (The Bicycles thread), and you should be able to finish the 100K comfortably.

All the best for the 100K
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Ninja has listed almost all the details to take care of on long rides. Also follow the hydration and nutrition I had listed a couple of pages back (The Bicycles thread), and you should be able to finish the 100K comfortably.

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On a side note, 100k is a populaire, not a brevet

Some of the below points are more relevant to the longer rides, than a 100km ride; but still matter
Hope it helps!
Thanks, guys! Very helpful points indeed.
I just hope I am able to recover from the current bout of cold that has hit me since yesterday, and that the weather forecast for Sunday improves a little. Rain is forecast and I believe come rain or snow, these rides do happen. So, if I am feeling well, then I will definitely attempt this.
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Hey guys, happy to report that I finished my first populaire today *thanks to graaja and ninja for the helpful tips*

Trails of Groton

It was drizzling for the first half of the ride and wet roads for the second half and the temp never got above 15 degree celsius. Getting rid of the wet socks and feeling the warm dry air of the car blower after the ride was sheer bliss

The pace was quite easy and I had enough nutrition with me to keep me going. A handful of chocolates, a fig bar and a constant supply of Gatorade helped me through.

What did not last however was my phone's battery. This was my first time using Ridewithgps and it seemed to consume more battery than Strava. I had a portable charger with me and maybe I should have stayed back longer at one of the controls to charge my phone. Or, I need to start learning how to use the cue sheets, because I am too busy looking at the traffic to figure out from the cue sheets where to go.

Next populaire is on November 5th. Looking forward to it because it starts from Nashua. I just hope it is not too cold!!

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Trails of Groton







What did not last however was my phone's battery. This was my first time using Ridewithgps and it seemed to consume more battery than Strava. I had a portable charger with me and maybe I should have stayed back longer at one of the controls to charge my phone. Or, I need to start learning how to use the cue sheets, because I am too busy looking at the traffic to figure out from the cue sheets where to go.



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Congrats on completing. The first ton is always special. Which city did you do this in?

On battery, I believe some apps like strava also work while your phone is in offline mode. Huge battery saving there try it out sometime. I haven't tried it since I use a Garmin watch but this is what some folks have told me.
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Congrats on completing. The first ton is always special. Which city did you do this in?

On battery, I believe some apps like strava also work while your phone is in offline mode. Huge battery saving there try it out sometime. I haven't tried it since I use a Garmin watch but this is what some folks have told me.
Thanks! I have done 100 kms once before this but this was the first time I was doing this as part of an event. This was close to Boston, in western Massachusetts. Next one is on 5th November and that is going to be closer to where I live. However, I might have to buy some winter gear for riding in the cold. For this ride, I was wearing arm and leg warmers. Maybe I will need to add gloves and a balaclava at the very least.

I think RideWithGPS also has an offline mode. I am going to give it a try next time.
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Picked up a Hercules Roadeo Hardliner. Been successful in venturing out twice in the morning with this so far. Enjoying the rides. Since the area I live is pretty dusty, taking her out any other time is not viable. Only gripe is that the wrist pains since I ride with the seat a bit high. I am told this will take time to get used to.

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I think RideWithGPS also has an offline mode. I am going to give it a try next time.
Good show! Ironically I faced similar conditions (continuous rain) last weekend when I did the Boston B.A.A. half.

Btw to save battery you can use this on strava - start the ride with connectivity and then go on airplane mode. The app will still record your trip. Just ensure you get connectivity before ending the trip. The app will do the necessary update to display the complete ride with elevation, speed and other metrics.

Have done this back in India - works just fine.
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Good show! Ironically I faced similar conditions (continuous rain) last weekend when I did the Boston B.A.A. half.

Btw to save battery you can use this on strava - start the ride with connectivity and then go on airplane mode. The app will still record your trip. Just ensure you get connectivity before ending the trip. The app will do the necessary update to display the complete ride with elevation, speed and other metrics.

Have done this back in India - works just fine.
Are you still around Boston? I am not too far from Boston myself.

About Strava, if I am in airplane mode then I won't be able to use it for navigation, right? That's equally important to me because most of these rides are new to me. And I dont want to inadvertently end up on an interstate on my bike You can get ticketed for that kind of stuff!
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About Strava, if I am in airplane mode then I won't be able to use it for navigation, right? That's equally important to me because most of these rides are new to me. And I dont want to inadvertently end up on an interstate on my bike You can get ticketed for that kind of stuff!
In my opinion, Strava on mobile phone is fine for rides lasting an hour or two. If you get serious about biking and start regular longer rides, I would recommend getting a proper Bike computer like Garmin Edge 520/800/1000 which integrate maps and provide long battery life.

Edge 520 is the latest from Garmin and looks quite advanced. I have not used this device (I have a basic Edge 500), but I did a quick read and found this to be quite advanced and should meet your needs. Here is a review from DC Rainmaker.

Garmin Edge 520 Review

Check it out.

PS: Once you get into bicycle gadgets and gear, there is no getting out. I have spent almost equal to the cycle's cost on gadgets and gear, and many times have faced the wrath of the home minister
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Are you still around Boston? I am not too far from Boston myself.

About Strava, if I am in airplane mode then I won't be able to use it for navigation, right? That's equally important to me because most of these rides are new to me. And I dont want to inadvertently end up on an interstate on my bike You can get ticketed for that kind of stuff!
I was just there for the weekend to attend to the half marathon event. Now back in NC.

I'm not sure if you can use Strava for navigation, I'm guessing it doesn't download any map data prior. But you can set the navigation path on google maps and still refer to it in offline mode. It still works on offline mode keeping only the original route (doesn't adjust to alternative options if you go off-track).
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I did not know a cycling related thread in TBHP.Happy to be part of it.
I have a query.I am presently using a BTWIN My bike without gear.I use it to commute 5km distance on an average per day.I would like to upgrade it.I intend to use it daily now for 15 - 20 km along tarred and potholed roads.Also I found a few cycling enthusiasts and we plan to go for long distance weekend rides.My budget is 20k - 25k.
Actually after reading this thread only I came to know many brands and options.But I am a novice except in pedaling.So please help me.
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I am in market for a good Mountain Bike. Its my Son's choice to go for a MTB which I cant ignore. He is 13 years now and he has used a BTWIN RR340 for couple of years and needs a upgrade now. I am seriously thinking of starting my journey with bicycles again. If things go as planned I would at least use it for 10 KM a day may increase it once i am used to it. We have zeroed in on Canondale Trail 6 which costs me 40K. is the price ok? Also suggest me any other bicycle worth looking at.
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