February 4, 2009

The 2009 Brevet Calendar

Before you know it, spring will officially be here:  That can only mean one thing....   it's brevet time!
It's time to get yourself ready for a solid season, and there is no better way to do it than with a long, steady base ride.  The Kansas City Ultra Cycling Brevet series is the way to get that big, big mileage base to support your hard training to come, racers! 
Not a racer?  No problem!  You don't have to have a big racing goal, or anything like that, to enjoy a nice, long spin in the rural reaches of this fine area.  Brevets are "timed tours", so they're perfect for getting out and seeing a lot of the countryside from a bike, while still participating in an organized and recognized event that can get you a shiny medal.  That's right, these aren't t-shirt rides... you get a real, substantial, beautifully detailed medal from the Audax Club Parisien after your ride is certified.  Quite literally, you can collect the whole set; completing the series of a 200, 300, 400 and 600 kilometer brevets qualifies you for the coveted SUPER Randonneur award!  
Here is this year's brevet schedule:
  • March 28th, 2009 - 200km - Kansas City, KS., to Linwood, to Ottawa, and back.
  • April 11th, 2009 - Fleche - a 24-hour Team event - see http://kcbrevets.blogspot.com for details.
  • April 25th, 2009 - 300km - Liberty, MO., to Stewartsville, to Albany, MO., and back.
  • May 9th, 2009 - 400km - Liberty, MO., to.....  TBA!  Exciting NEW route!!!
  • May 23rd, 2009 - 600km - Grandview, MO., to La Cygne, KS., to Appleton City, MO., to Weableau, MO., and back!
  • June 7th, 2009 - 1,000km! - Santa Fe, NM to Herington, KS.!!!  Take the train to Santa Fe, and ride back!
Visit http://kcbrevets.blogspot.com for more details and ride organizer contact information.
(RUSA membership required for brevet participation - join @ http://www.rusa.org)
If you have any questions about the above or want to know more about this exciting sport, contact me via the comments on this post - or ANY post, for that matter.  I'm happy to help you get started, and fill in any blanks you might have. 
It's addictive, it's challenging, it's not a race, but it's no "Sunday stroll", either. 
Pump up your tires and hit the road towards a new challenge in 2009! 
No goal, no glory!

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