November Riding

November Miles: 276
Percentage of Monthly Goal: 166%
2009 Miles: 2,494
Percentage of 2009 Goal: 125%

Wow, a bit late on this one. Not a lot to say about November. The weather was great for commuting for most of the month. No horrible travesties at work that kept me off the bike. I got to do the Thanksgiving ride with the Stan’s crew (as well as Brad and Erich), and that was a ton of fun. Also, Fletcher was very excited to go out on a longer (a little over 40 miles) ride with me on a day off I had towards the end of the month, which was really pleasing. It wasn’t the longest ride he’s ever been on — he did a 50 mile ride during the summer — but it was probably the most challenging, as it wasn’t nearly as flat has the 50 mile ride. He did great and I had a wonderful time riding with him.

The year is winding down, and I’m already pretty well over goal. It was very, very helpful to have something concrete to work towards that didn’t necessarily involve riding to and from the office. I’ve also found that I really enjoy getting out for longer rides every now and again. Next year, I think I’d like to aim a little higher in terms of longer individual rides along with the annual mileage goal. (I’ll probably aim for 3,000 next year.)

To that end, I’ve been reading up on Randonneuring, which I think is pretty well described on the Randonneurs USA web site:

Randonneuring: Randonneuring is long-distance unsupported endurance cycling. This style of riding is non-competitive in nature, and self-sufficiency is paramount. When riders participate in randonneuring events, they are part of a long tradition that goes back to the beginning of the sport of cycling in France and Italy. Friendly camaraderie, not competition, is the hallmark of randonneuring.

From everything I’ve read, this fits in almost perfectly with my style of cycling. A bunch of folks on sport touring bikes set up more for comfort and reliability than for speed, carrying more tools than they’ll likely need, wearing more wool than spandex and riding more or less independently over long distances at a sustainable pace. Heck, to register with the US randonneuring authority, you have to fill out a paper form and mail it in go a guy who turns around and mails it to Paris. How cool is that? (In its own oddly anachronistic way.)

The local randonneuring group has a couple of 200k — which is pretty well the shortest these rides every are — “brevets” next year. That’s twice as far as I’ve ever ridden at one go, but it doesn’t sound entirely unattainable. And I have to train up for the Palm Springs ride with Stephanie and the Stan’s folk in Feburary, and that’s 80% of the distance anyway, so… who knows. Maybe I’ve figured out what my 2010 goals are ;)

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