A Randonnée is an organised cycling event, that must be completed within a specified time limit and is typically self-supported. These events are not races, everyone who finishes within the time limits receives equal recognition regardless of their finishing order. The rider will be given a ‘brevet card’ at the start of the ride which he/she needs to carry throughout the ride and have it stamped at designated checkpoints.
Checkpoints are predetermined “controls” and are generally bakeries, cafés, and service stations. The rider has to reach the checkpoint within the cut-off time and get the brevet card signed by someone at the checkpoint or a co-rider. ATM's receipts are also accepted if no one is there to sign. Failure to reach the checkpoint within the cut-off time may lead to disqualification.
A Randonneur is a cyclist that participates in a ride event called a Randonnée
A brevet card is carried by the rider and is used to record the timestamp and date at each checkpoint during and at the end of the ride before being sent to the organiser for validation.
Brevet Cards are provided at the beginning of Calendar rides but need to be requested from organisers in advance for other events.
Upon completion of the ride, the Ride Organiser will arrange for the rides to be Homologated, that is to certify or confirm officially. Upon successful validation, a unique homologation number is provided to the rider which can be used to identify the ride.
The bouquet of WERC Brevets includes flat beach roads, clean and rolling roads of Mangalore & Udupi, calm forests, trickle of rain drops during the monsoon season and challenging but do-able climbs of Western Ghats. These Brevets will give ample opportunities for riders to become a Super Randonneur.
HISTORY OF AUDAX & BREVET
At the end of 19th century, when cycling tours were being organized in Italy & France, one gentleman Henri Desgrange, founder of the Tour de France, founded Audax France and conferred on Audax Club Parisien, created on 30th November 1904, the authority to certify brevets ridden under Audax rules in France. At that time, only the 200 km distance was considered to be a brevet, the completion of which entitled a cyclist to be designated "Audax".
Today, Audax Club Parisien (ACP) is one of the largest cycling clubs in Paris and in France. Since 1976, brevets certified by ACP have been ridden in countries outside of France. These are known as the Brevets des Randonneurs Mondiaux.
BREVET DE RANDONNEUR MONDIAUX (BRM)
Brevets De Randonneur Mondiaux (BRMs) are rides of fixed distances that are to be completed within specified time limits, having successfully passed through pre-determined time controls.
200 Km – 13.5 Hrs | 300 Km – 20 Hrs | 400 Km – 27 Hrs | 600 Km – 40 Hrs |
1,000 Km – 75 Hrs | 1,200 Km – 90 Hrs | Flèche – 24 Hrs
BRMs worldwide are approved and governed by Audax Club Parisien (ACP). All Brevets are conducted in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of ACP.
It’s a misconception that BRMs are meant for professionals. Rather it is one such event designed for ordinary riders like each of us with passion to perform and enjoy, where we aim to finish the course within specified time limits. The recognition is equal regardless of finishing order. Each rider who finishes the event within the cut-off time is awarded a certificate and a medal directly from ACP. Moreover, the rider will get a step closer to become a Super Randonneur and an opportunity to take part in one of the oldest and most coveted cycling event in the world, the Paris Brest Paris event.
AUDAX INDIA RANDONNEURS (AIR)
Audax India Randonneurs (AIR) is the organization that has the sole authority for conducting and overseeing all Brevets de Randonneurs Mondiaux (BRMs) and Audax events in India.
You have to be an AIR member to take part in Brevets in any part of India organized by clubs approved by AIR. The link to become an AIR member is: https://www.audaxindia.in/member-benefits.php
To register for brevets organised by WERC, click on the link below and scroll to 'MANGALORE WE R Cycling'
If you intend to participate in these Brevets, please go through this Brevet Check-list.