Welcome to the Southern Utah Brevet Club

October 2013, It’s over!

After 7 years of offering randonneuring events in southern Utah I am sad to say that this will be the last year that any events are offered in this region. Randonneurs seem to favor participating in events near their home and apparently will not travel far to ride in other regions. In spite of offering some spectacualr routes, many of them through our local national parks, I cannot seem to entice riders to come to this area to ride. Participation in our events has always been low and is declining. I cannot justify continuing the effort as an RBA with such low participation.

For those who have ridden our routes, I am glad that you have enjoyed them. For those who have not, I am sorry that you may not have the chance to. Many of these routes have also been available as permanents, but after this season those will no longer be offered. I am taking a break from event management for a time. Perhaps at some point I will again offer my permanents to the public.

At this point it is my intention to ride and enjoy events in as many regions as I can attend. I love riding in new areas and meeting new people. I have made many friends in a number of regions across the west and have tried to do my part for the sport. Now it is time to just go out and have some fun!

Some SUB Permanents are still available!

I will be still be offering 3 of my permanent routes, the Zion Canyon 103 , the Bryce Canyon 103 and the Champagne 101 in southern California.  To apply for any of these routes simply email me at lonnie at oldairhead dot com (you get it right!) Both of these routes have a preferred season and I will not offer them outside of that window. If in doubt contact me early. I travel frequently so do not wait until the last minute or I may not be able to respond in time. A couple of weeks in advance is best! The most popular route that I had was the Zion Canyon 200 km but that route has been invalidated by new road construction in the area and is no longer available. Any other routes that I have had in the past are currently unavailable as I have not been unable to maintain them.

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5 Comments on “Welcome to the Southern Utah Brevet Club”

  1. Jim Halay Says:

    I have ridden brevets with folks who are diabetic, have heart problems and were asmatic. Each carried certain medicines and instructions on how to treat them if they were to have serious problems on the road. They were open to all about their problems and we all looked out for them to make sure to help them in case of trouble; just as they would help us with bike problems or other unexpected emergencies. I’d say go for it, bring your blood sugar test kit and you should be able to manage a brevet or two, none of us are perfect.

  2. T1Joe Says:

    I’d really like to try a couple 200k brevets, but I’m not sure if I’d be intruding, or kinda’ messing with someone else’s game if I rode with your club. Maybe you could comment on this?

    I’m a type 1 diabetic, so self sufficiency on a ride is a little different for me. Mostly a food thing – I run on gels for 10 hours or so. I don’t ride a rando, but I understand the rules and can comply. 200k is well within my limits. I’d like to use my SPOT tracker, as my wife tracks me on long rides given my diabetes – for medical emergencies only.

    So I’d like to stretch my limits a little, but I don’t want to violate the spirit of randonneuring or the tenets of the club. Any advice?

    • oldairhead Says:

      Joe,

      Randonneuring is a big tent and all riders are welcome. I admire your interest in wanting to try and stretch your personal limits. You would not be intruding by entering these events, how else are we able to gain experience in new endeavors. 200k events often see a higher number of riders who are new to brevets. Some will continue on to ride greater distances and others will not, it is a personal thing.

      You would have to be the judge as to whether or not you are physically able to complete an event like this. I am not qualified to determine your physical abilities. I would ask that you review the RUSA rules for riders, http://www.rusa.org/brvreg.html so that you are completely familiar with what support you are allowed to receive during an event. Even though you may have special personal needs the rules are not flexible and must be adhered to. I would also ask that you review the entry form and waiver. There are specific references to physical condition, medical advice and your abilities. If you can honestly agree to these specifics then it is really up to you.

      Keep in mind the spirit of randonneuring is focused on self sufficiency, comraderie and adventure. These qualities are attractive to many riders and the ranks of randonneuring enthusiasts has grown dramatically in recent years as a result. You may find that you are capable of much more than you know. I am aware of stories of riders with your challenges that have accomplished much more than you might realize is possible. By entering the world of randonneuring you might find that you are among this group.

      Good luck, whatever your choice.

      Lonnie Wolff

  3. BeRando Says:

    What is your policy on personal support vehicles on these events. Can I have a vehicle follow me during the ride?

    • oldairhead Says:

      RUSA rules state that, “No personal follow cars or support vehicles of any kind are permitted on the course.” You are allowed to receive support at a chekpoint but only at the checkpoint. In my opinion having this kind of assistance takes something away from the acheivement of completing the event. If you had a safety net the whole time then you really didn’t do anything remarkable. If this is how you like to ride perhaps you should probably just stick to riding fully supported centuries. This is not what randonneuring is all about.


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