(Watch me whip, watch me randonee-nae)
In 2018 Yawp! will be offering it's second Randonee-nae, and it will take place on Saturday, April 28th at 7am. We'll adhere to rules of a Randonee; there will be controls (dance breaks), there will be a minimum and maximum speed, and we will ride a minimum of 200 kilometers. A Randonee is not a race; riders strive to finish a course within a specified time, and receive equal recognition regardless of finishing order. Riders can ride alone or in groups, and are expected to be self-sufficient.
With that said, keep in mind that a randonee is kind of like an arctic exploration; the goal isn't to be the first one to return, but to do what you can to make sure everyone on the exploration makes it back. You aren't responsible for anyone else, but it'd be real swell if you helped a fellow participant in need.
Therefore, please plan to remain at the finish line until 8:30pm to cheer on everyone who completes the Randonee-nae.
There will be an entry fee of $15, which will be donated to a charity (TBA).
If snow or severe rain is forecast, we'll try to reschedule. We want to ride this ride, but the bike shop gets wildly busy in the summer (or let's hope it will), and we can't promise that our schedule will accommodate a rain date. We bring all of this up to say that whether the ride does or does not occur as scheduled, we'll be donating your entry fee to charity regardless.
Because of path closures down south, the Route for 2018 will be different than last year's. You can see the 2018 route here. The course is not marked, and despite being luddites ourselves, we begrudgingly recommend using a GPS device for navigation. The route is almost entirely off of streets, so cue sheets won't be of help. If you don't have or don't want to use a GPS device, we'll have maps for sale at the bike shop that we'd be happy to mark the route on for you. To download the .gpx file from MapMyRide, click on the orange "Actions" button, and then "export map."
This is a self-supported ride. There will be 3-ish controls, and there may or may not be bananas there. There are gas stations very close to the route at miles 25, 66, 83.5, and 112, so if your body runs well on Slim Jims and hot Cheetos, you're in luck.
You will receive a finisher's prize.
To register for the Randonee-nae, please click here.
Will the course be marked?
No. You can see the route here as well as download the .gpx track. The course is not marked, and despite being luddites ourselves, we begrudgingly recommend using a GPS device for navigation. The route is almost entirely off of streets, so cue sheets won't be of help. If you don't have or don't want to use a GPS device, we'll have Denver regional maps for sale at the bike shop that we'd be happy to mark the route on for you. To download the .gpx file from MapMyRide, click on the orange "Actions" button, and then "export map."
Will there be a drop bag service?
To be compliant with rules of randonneuring, there will be controls. We are working hard to make these controls fun, but at the very least they will be convenience stores where you'll be able to resupply with Gatorade and Hot Cheetos. Controls will be marked on Blackriver as "points of interest."
What if I start but decide I can't finish?
We understand that a variety of things can happen out there, from mechanicals to illness. If you need to abandon the ride, at the very least please send a text message to the bike shop so that we know what happened to you. There is no sag wagon.
How long do I have to finish the ride?
You have 13.5 hours, which will be 8:30pm.
Is this a group ride?
No. Most of the rides that we offer here at Yawp! are group rides, but because this ride is lengthy, riders need to be able to ride at their own pace.
Why would I do this?
Anyone who rides 200km is given the title of "Randonneur." They carry that title for life! Who wouldn't want that? Also, because bikes, beer, etc. You'll also probably get a finisher's patch.
Did you say beer?
Yes. Yes we did. If you finish the Randonee-nae, you may have a beer.